Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Queen Te Atairangikaahu, 1966

Queen Te Atairangikaahu, 1966

As the young Princess Piki is appointed the first Māori queen, Te Atairangikaahu, in 1966, the solemnity of the occasion is evident on her face. She is about to experience the whakawahinga ceremony, in which a bible is held over her head while traditional expressions are recited. The same ceremony, using the same bible, has taken place since the investiture of the first Māori king in 1858.

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Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Te Atairangikaahu, 1966–2006, and Tūheitia, 2006–', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 October 2021)

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