E ngā tini kārangarangatanga maha puta noa i te motu, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātau katoa. Tēnā tātau me te ngārara nui, a te mate korouna, kua pae mai ki tēnei motu me hōna moutere a Te Ika-a-Māui, Te Waipounamu, Rakiura, Te Wharekauri me ngā motu rīriki heoti huri noa i Aotearoa whānui. E tangi ana ki ngā mate o te wā, e moe, e oki. Tēnei te pō, tū mai te ao. Kāti, e te iwi he kupu akiaki hēnei e rārangi iho ana, he whakatūpatotanga, he mea whakamataara i a tātau kia mātau ai tātau ki te ‘riarati hou’.
As we navigate the ‘new reality – te riarati hou’ with COVID 19 coronavirus here in Aotearoa, I thought it was worth sharing some thoughts to help our whānau, hapū, marae and iwi work through tangihanga during this time. This isn’t a tohutohu, but we need to be real and take practical steps to ensure we live through this pandemic.
Tikanga is a broad and dynamic way to live and make decisions to keep us safe according to the context at hand – ngā mea e tika ana mō taua wā tonu. The tangihanga process means that we are great at working through grief. It is time to embrace the change to our lives and make it work in another way as our tūpuna have done for centuries. It’s time for us to be good ancestors by making decisions today for our mokopuna.
The following is a guideline for marae and whānau to help you work through the tangihanga process during the four stages of COVID 19. It is important to note, we are entering into winter and our people get sick the most during this time.
- Citation: Che Wilson AWHI (Atihau-Whanganui) & Ngāti Rangi Che is a respected authority on tikanga Māori. He has worked in both the public and community sectors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. He had been involved in policy development and managed a $27m community development fund in the UK. On his return to New Zealand, he set up a consultancy focused on community and cultural development and has advised a number of museums around the world. Since 2011, Che has managed the Ngāti Rangi iwi authority and is also on a number of tribal boards including the Atihau-Whanganui Incorporation.
- Creative Commons: Attribution CC BY
- Creator: Che Wilson
- Language: English
- Publisher: Che Wilson
- Year: 2020-03-27
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