Story: King Country region

Meeting monuments: roadside monument (1st of 2)

Meeting monuments: roadside monument

In 1857 the Ngāti Māniapoto iwi met at Haurua, near Ōtorohanga, and confirmed the selection of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero of Waikato as the first Māori king. Pōtatau, who had already been chosen at another hui, would not accept the role until he received the endorsement of his Ngāti Maniapoto cousins. This important day, which became known as Te Puna o te Roimata (the wellspring of tears) is commemorated by this monument, which is next to State Highway 3. The inscription facing the road is in Māori, with the English translation (pictured above) on the reverse side.

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Kerryn Pollock, 'King Country region - Māori and European contact', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, updated 1 Mar 2015