Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Te Puna o te Roimata: 2009 monument (2nd of 2)

Te Puna o te Roimata: 2009 monument

In 2009 this monument was erected on the actual spot of the 1857 meeting known as Te Puna o te Roimata. The stainless steel pou whenua (marker post) was made by Tutunui Te Kanawa and his sons, who are of Ngāti Maniapoto descent. It lists the Maniapoto chiefs who agreed to offer their tribe's support to Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, the first Māori king. The monument was unveiled by Te Wherowhero's direct descendant, Tūheitia, the seventh Māori king, during a three-day celebration attended by over 2,000 people.

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Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1858–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 18 May 2022)

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