If you live in your own tribal area you could be attending a tangi most weeks.

Such are tribal: whanau, hapu and iwi connections.

The past six months have seen Te Arawa in overdrive with tangi. This does occur from time to time.

All quiet for months then a flurry of tangi. Sometimes it appears that's the only time families and their relations get to catch up with each other.

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These days the pace of life and juggling work commitments can be demanding on family time.

That's why celebrating happy family occasions are important. At any time, without warning, we

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