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Tangihanga during Alert  2
Advice and guidance on tangihanga for Alert Level 2
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As Auckland is currently at Alert Level 2, there are some differences in the way that tangihanga can be held in the wider Auckland region compared to the rest of Aotearoa. 

Here’s some advice and guidance on tangihanga for Alert Level 2 - Reduce

Auckland is at Alert Level 2 – Reduce

The loss of a loved one is a stressful time for all whānau. Losing a loved one while Alert-Levels for COVID-19 are in place will bring additional stress. 


Under Alert Level 2, the Ministry of Health have advised that a total of 100 people can attend tangihanga. 


Tangihanga can be held at a funeral home, at your whare, or at your marae. You can also transport your loved one home to your marae or ancestral urupā.  

To manage the risk of COVID-19, there are key things that whānau, marae and hapū must ensure:

  • A maximum of 100 people to attend tangihanga (not including kaikaranga, kaikorero, Ministers, Priests or funeral directors)

  • It is recommended that indoor tangihanga be limited to 2 hours for each ope

  • Physical distancing between whānau from seperate bubbles

  • Facilities to enable everyone to regularly wash or sanitise their hands

  • Keep a contact tracing list

  • Regularly clean surfaces that are touched often

  • Kaumātua and those who are considered more at risk of COVID-19 to be well looked after and protected

  • No kai to manaaki manuhiri

  • No hongi, kihi or awhi with anyone you don't live with

  • Anyone who is māuiui should stay home. 


The Ministry of Health’s current guidelines for tangihanga are available here.

What to do if your loved one passes away during Alert Level 2 

If a loved one passes away during Alert Level 2, here are some key things that you can do to manage the health and safety requirements during tangihanga. 

1. Kōrero with immediate whānau about the tikanga you want to use to honour your loved one who has passed on. 

  • Do you want to have a tangihanga at the funeral home?

  • Do you want to take your loved one home to your whare?

  • Do you want to take your loved one to your marae?

  • How long do you want to hold the tangihanga?

  • Are you comfortable with holding a small tangihanga and asking some to wait for kawemate at a later date to pay their respects?

Options for tangihanga, the risks they present, and things you should consider to manage the risks are available here

2. Select a kaimanaaki (support person)

​Depending on your circumstances, you should consider selecting a kaimanaaki (support person) from your extended whānau or a close friend, to support you in organsing the tangihanga. They will be responsible for ensuring the safety of everyone who attends, so you as whānau pani dont need to worry. 

3. Inform the funeral director of your wishes

The funeral director will be able to advise you and your kaimanaaki on what needs to be done to carry out your wishes. 

4. If you want to hold the tangihanga at your marae, speak to your marae committee. 

Some marae have chosen not to open during Alert Level 2. Others have agreed to open but have placed their own restrictions on tangihanga at the marae. Speak to your marae committee to understand what is possible for you and your whānau to hold a tangihanga for your loved one at your marae. 

A summarised printable version of this information is available here

5. If you or your marae need resources such as facemarks or hand sanitiser, you should contact your local Whānau Ora partner.


A list of Whānau Ora partners across Aotearoa is available here

Additional information for tangihanga

A list of some of the Māori Funeral Homes around the motu is available here


Here is some information and a short karakia that can be used to bless and honour your loved one.


Tangihanga karakia


Video from Scotty Morrison


How do we manage tangihangi during coronavirus? - Ngahuia Te Awekotuku

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