Māori customs and traditional values.
Tikanga is made up of two words. ‘Tika’ meaning ‘right’ or ‘correct’, and ‘nga’ which is this plural of something. As a whole word ‘tikanga’ means ‘the right way or thing to do at any given time’ and ‘all things that pertain to being right’. Examples are: don’t sit on the kai (food) table and take your shoes off when entering someone’s whare (home)