Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Te Rata's return from Britain (2nd of 2)

Te Rata's return from Britain

Although Te Rata's 1914 mission to the British monarch did not yield practical results, his personal audience with King George V was seen by his followers as a recognition of his authority. Te Rata was given a triumphal welcome on his return in September 1914. This photo shows the King movement's brass band, in traditional costume, heading the procession from Huntly railway station. The welcome was organised by Te Rata's cousin, Te Puea Hērangi, who soon became the Kīngitanga's most influential figure.

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Auckland City Libraries - Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero, Sir George Grey Special Collections
Reference: AWNS-19141008-46-3

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How to cite this page:

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Te Rata, 1912–1933, and Te Puea', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/37873/te-ratas-return-from-britain (accessed 20 January 2020)

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