Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Tāwhiao's tangi: guard of honour (1st of 2)

Tāwhiao's tangi: guard of honour

A sword-bearing guard stands to attention during the 1894 tangihanga for Tāwhiao, the second Māori king. Other members of the king's guard of honour stand at right with their weapons on the ground beside them. The tangi was attended by about 3,000 Māori from throughout the country. Many escorted King Tāwhiao's body from Pārāwera in the King Country to Taupiri on the Waikato River. After some days Pākehā visitors were allowed to witness the ceremony. Some can be seen at left and in the background.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Josiah Martin Collection (PAColl-1893)
Reference: PAColl-1893-06
Photograph by Enos Silvanus Pegler

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Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Tāwhiao, 1860–1894', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 April 2024)

Story by Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 2 Mar 2023