Story: Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state

Kotahitanga parliament, Ōrākei, 1879

The Ngāti Whātua chief Pāora Tūhaere was chosen by Governor Thomas Gore Browne to chair the 1860 Kohimarama conference. In 1879 Tūhaere erected a large meeting hall at his own village of Ōrākei and called it Kohimarama in commemoration of the 1860 conference that had brought together 200 pro-government chiefs to oppose the Māori King movement and endorse government land dealings. There he hosted an eight-day Kotahitanga parliament that discussed land-taking and other issues.

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Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, 'Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state - Sharing kāwanatanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Aug 2016