Tag Archives: New Zealand

Tangihanga: A Look Into a Traditional Maori Funeral

How one of the world's most remarkable cultures approaches expected and unexpected loss

The Maori people are an indigenous group of Polynesian New Zealanders whose ancestry can be traced all the way back to the 13th century. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori have established a distinct society of characteristic art, language and … Continue reading

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Tree Church Reflects a Re-landing of Spirituality

A church made of trees invokes the natural world as a place of worship

When Barry Cox first envisioned a church of trees in the backyard of his Ohaupo, New Zealand home, he didn’t expect that it would resonate so powerfully with others. Cox’s initial vision, simply dubbed the “Tree Church,” has since grown … Continue reading

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What is an Eco Funeral? An Interview with Deb Cairns, Part Two

Deb Cairns of State of Grace in Auckland, New Zealand breaks down the home funeral experience

This is part two of SevenPonds’s interview with with Deb Cairns (read part one here) of State of Grace: Family Directed Funerals in Auckland, New Zealand. After her dear friend died of cancer, she was inspired to create in-home or … Continue reading

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What is an Eco Funeral? An Interview with Deb Cairns, Part One

Deb Cairns of State of Grace in Auckland, New Zealand breaks down the home funeral experience

Today, SevenPonds speaks with Deb Cairns of State of Grace: Family Directed Funerals in Auckland, New Zealand. After her dear friend died of cancer, she was inspired to create in-home or family-directed funeral services that provide a “caring, compassionate and … Continue reading

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New Zealand: Death Tattoos & the Maori

New Zealand's "ta moko" tattoos are traced back to Maori death and memorial rituals

Traditional New Zealand death rituals use expression and creativity as a cathartic means to get through the grieving process while memorializing a loved one. It’s a philosophy that is perhaps best represented in the Maori tradition of tattooing, known as … Continue reading

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Traditional Burial Rites for the Maori

New Zealand’s indigenous people ensure that no one is alone during a burial

The Maori in New Zealand honor those who have died with a three-day burial rite, which is becoming less commonly practiced these days, called the Tangihanga or the Tangi. The process is held at a communal and sacred place known … Continue reading

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