Ten years for King Tuheitia

It does not seem like it’s been over 10 years since the Māori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu passed away. Ten years since, as a nation, we stopped and watched her tangi live on television, watched as she was carried along the Waikato river in a waka to her final resting place at Taupiri Mountain.

A few months later on 21 August of that year, her son Tuheitia Paki succeeded her and became the 7th Māori monarch.

Koroneihana (coronation) celebrations take place at this time each year at Tūrangawaewae Marae, Ngaruawahia for several days leading up to the anniversary of the coronation.

Waka at the Tainui settlement celebrations, Turangawaewae, Waikato, New Zealand, 22 August 2008
Waka at the Tainui settlement celebrations, Turangawaewae, Waikato, New Zealand, 22 August 2008, Photo by Phillip Capper, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Throughout the week visitors and iwi members will take part in political debates on matters important to the Kingitanga and to Māoridom. Cultural performances, sports competitions, education expo and other festivities also take place. Koroneihana is one of the key events on the Māori calendar.

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