At Maungakawa, north of present-day Cambridge in the Waikato, King Tāwhiao established the Kauhanganui (Kīngitanga parliament) in 1890. This 1890s photograph shows the parliament's meeting house. The Kauhanganui administered a bank with its own currency, a police force and a newspaper, Te Paki o Matariki (the girdle of the Pleiades). The meeting house with its carvings and Tāwhiao's crown and throne were destroyed by a farmer's burnoff in 1908.
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