Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Pōtatau's pā

Pōtatau's pā

This painting of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero's near Ngāruawāhia in the Waikato was made in 1847, about 10 years before he became the first Māori king. In the background stands the sacred mountain of Taupiri, where Māori monarchs are traditionally buried. Ngāruawāhia remains the base for the Māori King movement in the 2000s.

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Tinted lithograph by J. W. Giles

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How to cite this page:

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1858–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 7 October 2022)

Story by Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, published 20 Jun 2012