Topic: Native Affairs

Native Affairs: Summer Series - Gang Tangi

By Iulia Leilua

The first story in this episode of Native Affairs Summer Series really struck a chord with so many.

When we asked the question, what happens when a Māori gang member's last wish is to be farewelled at the local marae and laid to rest in the whānau urupā?

Feedback on social media flooded in.

It's an issue every marae is likely to face - because there are - literally - thousands of gang affiliated Māori.

If the marae allows the tangi, who decides what gang behaviour is acceptable and who enforces the rules? 

As Iulia Leilua found out, marae committees around the motu are grappling with these questions.