Ceremonial farewells to the dead
One of the most important traditions of the marae is whaikōrero, the ceremonial speech. This collection of whaikōrero has been prepared to show how the dead are farewelled and to demonstrate the diversity that exists within the tradition.
Wiremu Parker broadcasting to the nation. Photo via Te Ara.
Wiremu Parker (4 Feb 1914–10 Nov 1986) - Ngāti Porou
A widely known and respected broadcaster in the Māori language and in English In addition to more than 40 years of broadcasting work he was a lecturer in adult education, and a teacher and translator of the Māori language.
Ruka Broughton (21 April 1940–17 April 1986) - Ngā Rauru
A tohunga and authority on Nga Rauru and Taranaki history, esoteric lore, whakapapa, and the interpretations of ancient karakia and waiata. He also trained and served as an Anglican priest, and a university academic.
Tamati Kruger - Tuhoe
A recognised authority in Māori language and customary practices and an Māori advocate and social/political analyst who has spent much of his life working in tribal research and development. He has also lectured in Te Reo at Te Pū Wānanga o Anamata
This series was produced by David Somerset in 1981 for the Continuing Education Unit of Radio New Zealand.