At the historic 1856 hui at Pūkawa, Lake Taupō, at which Pōtatau Te Wherowhero was selected as Māori king, the many chiefs present conducted a ceremony to transfer to him their mana (authority). They gathered around a tall flagstaff with long plaited ropes dangling from it. Iwikau Te Heuheu, the paramount chief of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, and the host on this occasion, explained that the flagstaff represented his sacred mountain, Tongariro, and each rope represented a mountain sacred to the other tribes present.
Click on this map to see images of many of the maunga (mountains) sacred to individual Māori tribes.
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