Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Rituals of encounter: whaikōrero (2nd of 3)

Rituals of encounter: whaikōrero

This koroua (elder) carries his tokotoko (stick) and delivers his whaikōrero (speech). He is supported by women who wear pare kawakawa (leaves) in their hair and carry or wear branches of greenery.

Using this item

Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: C1262

Permission of the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Tangihanga in modern times', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/28795/rituals-of-encounter-whaikorero (accessed 27 May 2019)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011