Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

Pōtatau Te Wherowhero

This 1847 painting by George French Angas shows Pōtatau Te Wherowhero about 10 years before he became the first Māori king. He sits at left, wrapped in a flax cloak, together with two other Waikato chiefs – Te Waru (Ngāti Apakura) and Te Pakaru (Ngāti Maniapoto). All three wear full-face moko.

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Photograph by George French Angas

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How to cite this page:

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1858–1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 October 2022)

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