Francis Tipene and Kaiora Tipene

Francis and Kaiora Tipene are the proprietors of Tipene Funerals, based in Onehunga and Henderson, Auckland. Both hail from Northland: Francis from Pawarenga, Kaiora from Kaitaia. The couple star in TV series The Casketeers and last year published their first book, Life as a Casketeer. Their second, Tikanga, releases in June 2021.

Jun 1, 2021
Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison hongi. We can see that Ardern is smiling.

What's a hongi?

With the hongi in the spotlight thanks to a tweet from Judith Collins, Francis and Kaiora Tipene explain the tikanga of the greeting.

Read on.

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