I te tau 1857 ka hui a Ngāti Maniapoto ki Haurua, ki te rohe ka mōhiotia ai ko Te Rohe Pōtae, i muri. E pātata ana ki Ōtorohanga. Ka tautokona ko Pōtatau Te Wherowhero hei Kīngi Māori tuatahi. Ka tapā ai te hui nei ki tōna ingoa Te Puna o Te Roimata. Ko tēnei kōwhatu hei whakamaumaharatanga kei te taha o State Highway Three e tū ana. Kei tēnei whakaahua tōna taha reo Māori, e hāngai atu ana ki te rori. Kei tua ko tōna reo Pākehā, e mea ana:
At a meeting of the Maniapoto tribe held at Haurua in the year 1857, they announced their confirmation of the selection of Potatau Te Wherowhero as the first Maori king and it was also affirmed that the kingship of the Maori people was to be hereditary in his family.
Nā te hui a ngā rangatira i Pūkawa i te Nōema o te tau 1856 ka whakaaetia ai a Pōtatau hei Kīngi ; ēngari nō mua tonu o tāna whakaae ki te tūranga nei ka kīia e ia tāna whakaaro kia heria te kaupapa nei ki ana mātua o Ngāti Maniapoto.
Ko ngā rangatira o Maniapoto nāna te kaupapa nei i whiriwhiri ko Taonui, ko Hauāuru, ko Haupōkia, ko Te Wētini, ko Tūhoro, ko Te Kanawa.
Ko te wāhi hui kei Haurua he 500 iāri pea whakateuru o tēnei wāhi.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
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