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Honouring your loved one 
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Honouring those who have passed is fundamental to our tikanga

Honouring your loved one during Alert Level 4 and Alert Level 3

Due to tangihanga restrictions during Alert Level 4 and 3, if a loved one passes away, only whānau from their bubble will be able to see them. 

You should discuss your options for viewing your loved one with your chosen funeral director. They may be able to livestream a viewing and karakia for you and your whānau and friends. 

If your loved one passes away at home, you will be able to spend a short amount of time with them, before the funeral director comes to collect them. 

During this time, you will not be able to have the physical support from kaumātua, kōeke and tōhunga to assist you. 

You should also discuss your options for where your loved one can be buried with the funeral director. 

Honouring your loved one during Alert Level 2 

Due to Alert Level 2 restrictions, if a loved one passes away tangihanga with a limited number of people is permitted. 

  • gatherings of up to 50 people indoors including marae, churches or your whare

  • gatherings of up to 100 people outdoors at an urupa or cemetery

  • Keep 2m physical distance from others 

  • Face masks or face coverings are mandatory.


You may choose to livestream your time at the funeral home, cemetery or urupā to include whānau and friends who are not able to attend.

A short karakia to honour your loved one is available here 
and the transcript of the kupu is available here

At a later date and when it is safe to do so, your whānau are encouraged to acknowledge your loved one through kawe mate. 

If your loved one is cremated, you may want to bury their ashes at a whānau urupā. If they were buried immediately, you may chose to hold a service at the cemetery

or urupā. 

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