26 Jun 2021

Francis and Kaiora Tipene: The traditions of tikanga

From Saturday Morning, 9:35 am on 26 June 2021
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The beloved stars of The Casketeers, Francis and Kaiora Tipene, show how the traditions of tikanga shape their lives while juggling five sons, three businesses, and a television show in their new book Tikanga: Living with the Traditions of Te Ao Māori.

Tikanga follows the Tipene’s bestselling memoir Life as a Casketeer, released last year, but they are quick to point out that it's not an encyclopaedia of Māori culture or a book of Māori rituals, nor is it a phrase book for learning some te reo Māori. It is about how the concepts of tikanga affect their day-to-day lives, and largely looks through the filter of the processes surrounding death - which they deal with every day in their professions as funeral directors.

Francis and Kaiora Tipene

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