Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Te Puea Hērangi

Te Puea Hērangi

Te Kirihaehae Te Puea Hērangi, shown here aged about 15, later became the Kīngitanga's most revered and effective leader. A cousin of King Te Rata, she headed her people's opposition to conscription during the First World War, in protest at the injustices of the New Zealand wars. She then led the rebuilding of a central Kīngitanga marae at Ngāruawāhia. Her personal example acted as an inspiration to her previously demoralised people.

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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, (accessed 1 July 2022)

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