Post your news and requests for information in the forums, which has topics for finding whanau (family), whanau events (tangihanga, funerals, reunions, anniversaries etc), general korero as well as events.
There is also a calendar which you can add your events to and a link section where you can add your Maori sites.
Explores concepts of tikanga, parts of the whare, marae protocol, including tangihanga (funerals), hura kohatu (unveilings), mihi (speeches), how to introduce yourself in Maori, games and past times and a definition and role of kaumatua.
Tangihanga, the traditional Maori mourning ceremony where whanau, hapu and iwi come together under the mantle of whanaungatanga (family relationships) through love, respect and sorrow to grieve unashamedly in the Maori fashion over the loss of loved ones
The tangi or tangihanga embraces the funeral rites accorded a person before the body is finally interred. The Maori belief is that the tupapaku (body of the deceased person) should not be left on its own at any stage after death. Hence people will gather
Through this feature, we invite you to take part in a powhiri, a Maori ceremony of welcome. We hope that this will be one of many cultural experiences that you will discover and enjoy during your visit to Aotearoa New Zealand.
Maori culture is rich in mythology and tradition. Though much has changed over the years, the Maori still preserve the essence of their beliefs and traditions continue to play a significant role in Maori life. The ritual surrounding death and the mourning
The kuia are starting to karanga. The last speeches are taking place. Dad's widow is crying. All this tangihanga is making a very big noise. Now the children, the last whanau, the children of his third family, are wailing and holding each other. I have al
Kawa is the word used to describe the protocol or sequence of events which occur on the Marae. Each Iwi have their own distinctive Kawa Protocol although in Tauranga, the three dominant Iwi have a shared kawa called Tau-utu-utu.