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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