Story: Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement

King Tāwhiao

King Tāwhiao

This portrait of the second Māori king, Tāwhiao Matutaera Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, was made in 1882, 22 years after Tāwhiao inherited the title from his father. He holds a ceremonial whalebone patu (club) and wears a cloak, probably made from kiwi feathers.

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Oil painting by Gottfried Lindauer

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How to cite this page:

Rahui Papa and Paul Meredith, 'Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement - Tāwhiao, 1860–1894', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37862/king-tawhiao (accessed 23 October 2019)

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