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A fatality on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing over the weekend is being acknowledged with a rāhui.

Date:  21 October 2019

Ka papaki te tai o te atarau, ka huri aku kamo ki te tihi o Tongariro ki nga hihi o te ra e piata mai ana. Aue taukuri e!

It is with great sadness that Ngāti Hikairo ki Tongariro and Ngati Tūwharetoa acknowledge the recent fatality in Tongariro National Park. 

With the support of Department of Conservation, NZ Police and LandSAR, a rāhui has been placed on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing for three days from Monday October 21 and will be lifted at sunrise on Thursday October 24.  

A rāhui (physical and spiritual protection mechanism) sets a temporary prohibition around the rāhui area and limits access for that period in order to acknowledge the death and to express our sympathy to the whānau of the deceased.

It provides time for tapu (sacredness) to dissipate following the death allowing time for healing and recovery of the natural elements at place as well as the people; in particular the grieving whānau.   

To show respect all hikers in the area are asked to consider using alternative tracks during the rāhui.


Connie Norgate, Operations Manager Tongariro District
Mobile: +64 27 553 3956

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