August 11, 2014
Tikanga at stake in body battle
A Tuhoe elder says the widow of James Takamore would be in a better position to get on with her life if she allows him to remain buried in the eastern Bay of Plenty.
On Friday relatives of Mr Takamore defied a Supreme Court judgment and stopped his body being exhumed from a family urupa at Kutarere.
Denise Clarke wants to rebury him on August 17, the seventh anniverary of his death, in Christchruch, where the couple lived for 20 yerars and raised their familhy.
Kaumatua Pou Temara says Mr Takamore's hapu is standing up for its tikanga, which requires it to take responsibilty for members after their death.
He says by allowing him to remain among his ancestors, Ms Clarke is free to remarry without carrying the responsibilty of looking after the grave.
The issue is expected to go back to court.
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