Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Te Puea and Ngata, 1938

Te Puea and Ngata, 1938

The construction of Tūrangawaewae, the central Kīngitanga marae, at Ngāruawahia continued throughout the economic depression of the 1930s. In 1938 large crowds gathered for the opening of a large new meeting house, Tūrongo. This photo shows Te Puea at the opening with two Kīngitanga supporters, while politician Sir Āpirana Ngata stands at left. Te Puea's friendships with powerful political figures such as Ngata greatly enhanced the national reputation of the Kīngitanga.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
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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