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Options for tangihanga during Alert Level 2
Advice and guidance on tangihanga for Alert Level 2 – Reduce
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Options and risk levels for tangihanga 

There are a number of options for whānau to consider for tangihanga 

Although there are restrictions on the number of people who can attend a tangihanga, there are many options for how whānau pani, extended whānau and friends can honour their loved one who has passed on. 
Health and safety requirements
Things to consider to minimise risk
Risk Level

Funeral home

Holding a tangihanga at a funeral home will provide the safest environment for all. This is because a funeral home is required to maintain a high health and safety standard as part of its business.


  • At the funeral home, the funeral director will manage all health and safety requirements

  • No hongi, kihi or awhi (except for those you live with)

  • No kai to manaaki 

      manuhiri afterwards. 

There are minimal risks to manage at a funeral home. 

Low risk level 

Loved one to remain at funeral home, service at funeral home and then straight to urupā.

Consider other ways to manaaki your manuhiri rather than a hakari after the tangihanga. 

At home or at marae

Loved one is taken home or to the marae and then to urupā.

Holding a tangihanga at home or at a marae brings an increased risk. However, it can be managed if whānau and all manuhiri agree to manage the health and safety requirements. 

  • A total of 100 people to attend

  • No hongi, kihi or awhi (except for those you live with)

  • Seating to ensure physical distancing can be maintained

  • Facilities to wash or sanitise hands available

  • Contact tracing register of all those who attend (whānau pani must keep this register for 3 months)

  • Cleaning of regularly touched surfaces between each ope:

- Chairs

- Door handles

- Light Switches

- Toilet and bathroom basins (including taps)

- Other areas of your whare where manuhiri have been - i.e kitchen, dining room, wharekai, wharemoe etc

  • No kai to be made available for manuhiri

  • Anyone who is māuiui should not attend the tangihanga.

There are many things that need to be considered in order to maintain the safety of you and your whānau. ​​


  • Try to keep tangihanga as small as possible. 

  • Consider only immediate whānau and close friends to attend


  • Consider asking extended whānau to send one or two representatives

  • Consider asking others to attend kawemate at a later date. 

  • Consider holding tangihanga over 1 day. 

  • If you must hold tangihanga for longer than 1 day (due to immediate whānau needing to travel to attend etc) only whānau pani should sleep the night. 

  • Consider how to protect kaumātua and anyone who considered high risk.

If you want kaumātua to attend, or they want to attend, think about what can be done to protect them. Unless they live in your home, dont allow kuia, koroua or anyone who is considered at risk to sleep the night. 

  • Consider using technology to enable extended whānau to be part of the tangihanga. 

  • Consider other ways to manaaki your manuhiri, rather than a hakari after the tangihanga. 

The number of days that a tangihanga is held brings about increased risk.

At home

1 day = Low risk level

2 days = Medium risk level

3 days = Medium risk level 

At marae

1 day = Low risk level

2 days = Medium risk level

3 days = High risk level 

There is a higher risk level at marae as tangihanga at marae are generally open to whoever wishes to attend. 

At urupā or cemetery

Loved one is buried at ancestral urupā or public cemetery.

A burial at an urupā or cemetery is generally considered low risk

  • 100 people to attend

  • Ensure physical distancing at all times

  • Provide facilities to wash hands or hand sanitiser available.

  • Maintain contact tracing register

There are minimal risks to manage at an urupā or cemetery.

If there is no running water source, consider asking whānau to bring their own bottled water to whakarite themselves when leaving the urupā or cemetery. 

Low risk level 

summarised printable version of this information is available here.

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