Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Whakapapa of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero

As this extensive whakapapa shows, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, the first Māori king, could trace his descent from the major voyaging waka said to have brought the first people to New Zealand. These wide-ranging lines of descent made Pōtatau an especially suitable candidate to represent numerous iwi Māori.

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Source: Pei Te Hurinui Jones, King Pōtatau: an account of the life of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, the first Māori king. Auckland: Polynesian Society; Wellington: Huia Publishers, 2010.

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Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Origins of the Kīngitanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2024)

Story by Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 2 Mar 2023