Te Wherowhero, a rangatira of the Waikato tribe, shown here in 1844, was appointed the first Māori king in 1858, and became known as Pōtatau Te Wherowhero. The Kīngitanga, the King Movement, was still flourishing in the 2000s. The Māori King in 2010, Tūheitia Paki, was a direct descendant of Pōtatau Te Wherowhero. The other two chiefs beside him are Te Waru (centre) and Te Pakaru.
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