Tangihanga & unveilings


Tangihanga, unveiling, kawe mate

Otamatea marae is open for bookings and hui and is currently at Alert Level 1. To help protect our kaumatua and kuia, we ask you to stay away from the marae if you or your whānau members are unwell. Please observe all COVID 19 guidelines issued by the government while you are on marae property.

This page provides information about holding tangihanga, unveilings and kawe mate at Otamatea during Alert Level 1 and Alert Level 2 only.


Please contact either Whaea Hazel (09 4318 566) Kim Phillips (09 4318 521) as soon as possible if you wish to bring your loved one back to Otamatea.

Booking charges do not apply to tangihanga but a koha is appreciated to help cover running costs such as power, gas, water, laundry, telephone and basic supplies.

As the marae needs to be prepared to welcome your loved one please consider sending some whānau ahead to help prepare the wharenui and wharekai. You will also need to prepare refreshments and the first meal for those who accompany your loved one onto the marae and stay the first night.


To discuss and arrange a location within the urupā contact Trustee Chair Bill Paikea well before the day of burial on 021 027 36136.

Please see important information about staying at Otamatea Marae.

Hura kōhatu (unveiling)

As these are planned events, standard booking charges will apply.

You will need to arrange your own unveiling cloth.


You must arrange your own minister. In the local community there are ministers representing the following religions:

  • Anglican
  • Catholic
  • Christian
  • Ratana

Contact Whaea Hazel on (09 4318 566) for advice if required.

Kawe mate

Kawe mate are very rarely held as an individual hui but are brought in with tangihanga or another whānau hui such as an unveiling.

You should let the kaikaranga or the taumata kaumātua know before start of the pōwhiri.