NATIONAL EMERGENCY ALERT LEVEL 4 – KUA RĀHUI TE MOTU
OFFICIAL GUIDELINES FOR TANGIHANGA
Note: This information was revised and updated by the Ministry of Health on 2 April 2020.
Tangihanga – a need to adapt our practises during this extraordinary time.
We previously shared the guidelines for tangihanga during Alert Level 4, however, these have been revised by the Government with some key updates that whānau who have been in the same isolation bubble as the tūpāpaku (ie, whānau pani/kirimate) will be allowed to go to the funeral home for viewing, karakia, poroporoaki or mihi, and to the cemetery alongside the tūpāpaku and funeral director.
Whānau from all cultures and backgrounds will find this time challenging. This makes it even more important that we show each other kindness and caring, manaakitanga and aroha. Already, iwi and hapū have been adapting tikanga and kawa to keep our people safe.
This has also extended to tangihanga. There are now strict rules put in place during Alert Level 4 for when loved ones have passed away. These rules apply to everyone, every culture, every religion.
Read the full guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.