At Haurua, just south of Ōtorohanga, a memorial stone expresses Ngāti Maniapoto’s support for the Māori King movement. It was there in 1857 that Pōtatau Te Wherowhero met with his Ngāti Maniapoto relatives to seek their approval before accepting the offer of kingship. At the meeting, which was called Te Puna o te Roimata (the wellspring of tears), it was made known that the kingship was to be hereditary.
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