Native Affairs Special – Gang Tangi

By Iulia Leilua
  • Northland
  • South Island

This story really struck a chord with so many of you at home. 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 whanau urupa?

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.