WATCH: Essential workers perform haka for locked down whānau who'll miss father's tangihanga

Headlines 10/09/2021

Covid-19 lockdowns have left many people with a devastating reality to face in regards to Tangihanga. But a heartwarming video posted on Facebook by Whānau Ora provider Te Whānau O Waipareira has shown how some of our essential workers are doing what they can to pay their respects.

The video features a haka performed by the essential workers of the trust’s West Auckland Covid-19 testing team, for a whānau whose pāpā lost his life amidst the Covid-19 lockdown.

The deceased is set to be buried in Tai Tokerau (Northland), but level 4 means the Tāmaki based family members can only follow their dad’s hearse as far north as the Tāmaki border with Northland. 

When speaking the Te Ao Māori News, the trust says kaimahi wanted to ensure the 10 car convoy of whānau had an appropriate send-off for their pāpā.

“Kei te riro tītapu e takahi nei I tō ara whakamutunga ki ō whenua taurikura. Nei rā mātou e tautoko nei kia haumaru tō koutou hokinga atu ki te Tai Tokerau, kia takoto tiraha koe ki waenga I ō tūpuna. Haere mai, haere koe ki te wāhi ngaro okioki ai.🌿” the post said.

“Our deepest aroha and thoughts with the Naera whānau”  ❤️❤️Protecting our whakapapa ❤️❤️”

Credit to Te Ao Māori News for the story.