Story: Hawaiki

An orator’s farewell for the dead

At a tangihanga (ceremony of mourning) it is customary for speakers to refer to a person’s death as a journey back towards Hawaiki, the source and the destination of human life. The speaker in this case is Martin Wikaira of Ngāti Tūwharetoa.

Using this item

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This item has been provided for private study purposes (such as school projects, family and local history research) and any published reproduction (print or electronic) may infringe copyright law. It is the responsibility of the user of any material to obtain clearance from the copyright holder.

All images & media in this story

How to cite this page:

Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, 'Hawaiki - The significance of Hawaiki', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/video/475/an-orators-farewell-for-the-dead (accessed 20 July 2019)

Story by Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 20 Apr 2015