Definition of tangi in English:



  • A ceremonial Maori funeral or wake.

    • ‘In employment matters, he said, racial ‘equity’ policies and special rights, such as extended leave provisions for Maori tangi, should be ignored or over-ridden.’
    • ‘However, during her tangi, while her body lay in its coffin, her spirit returned and began speaking through her aunt, giving messages of hope and assurance to her people.’
    • ‘Holidays legislation does not give Maori unlimited tangi leave - the Minister corrected the statement - but the myth is repeated as fact to reinforce prejudice.’
    • ‘He has suggested that he would hire a Pakeha over a Maori of equal merit because, he said, Maori could claim unlimited tangi leave.’
    • ‘Telling the New Zealand public that Maori have unlimited tangi leave is a canard.’
    • ‘Kaore te Aroha is the tangi of a father for his daughter, who drowned swimming across from Mokoia island to meet the first minister at Ohinemutu.’
    • ‘In another image, showing the tangi for the singer, a wave of grief seems to have washed over those present.’
    • ‘The person fronts up and says: ‘I have to take leave for a tangi.’’
    • ‘What employer would employ Maori when he or she fears that all his or her Maori staff could take bereavement leave – which will now be granted on top of sick leave – because they have to go to a tangi?’
    • ‘‘He wanted to set an example to his people,’ she says, explaining how he opposed having a body lying in state at a tangi for weeks on end.’
    • ‘But when Te Wherowhero asked to come inside the pa and hold a tangi for his dead, Te Ati Awa again grew suspicious and said no.’
    • ‘But after a terrific tangi, it went ahead as a special tribute.’
    • ‘After the tangi, when everything of her had been buried with her, he went into her sleeping hut for a private moment.’
    • ‘It was the first tangi for a Pakeha ever held on the Kaiaua Marae.’
    • ‘One submitter was refused both bereavement and unpaid leave from work to attend the tangi of his partner's mother.’
    • ‘His family had gone to a tangi there, and on a Sunday, the British troops had attacked.’
    • ‘She was always there to lend a hand for tangi and every Easter and Christmas they would be making up food packages and sending them up the line – ducks, geese, mushrooms and anything else that was around at the time.’
    • ‘When I saw A-Lee (change of pseud again; last one I promise) on Friday it was the first time we'd caught up since her grandfather's tangi, which took place in the far north a couple of weeks ago.’
    • ‘But he was sparked into action by the stress put on families staging tangi at their homes because there was no other suitable facility.’
    • ‘When her husband and two sons died, she buried them in a small gravesite at the gully she knew so well, and every year she would trek there from Oakura to hold her own private tangi.’