Story: Tangihanga – death customs

Te Rēinga

Te Rēinga

Cape Rēinga is also known as Te Rerenga Wairua, the departing place of spirits. Spirits were said to descend the roots of a pōhutukawa tree and travel through the underworld to Hawaiki.

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Rawinia Higgins, 'Tangihanga – death customs - Mythological origins', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

Story by Rawinia Higgins, published 5 May 2011