Definition of tangi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaŋi/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural tangis)

A ceremonial Maori funeral or wake.
Example sentences
  • In employment matters, he said, racial ‘equity’ policies and special rights, such as extended leave provisions for Maori tangi, should be ignored or over-ridden.
  • However, during her tangi, while her body lay in its coffin, her spirit returned and began speaking through her aunt, giving messages of hope and assurance to her people.
  • Holidays legislation does not give Maori unlimited tangi leave - the Minister corrected the statement - but the myth is repeated as fact to reinforce prejudice.



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