As the young Princess Piki is appointed the first Māori queen, Te Atairangikaahu, in 1966, the solemnity of the occasion is evident on her face. She is about to experience the whakawahinga ceremony, in which a bible is held over her head while traditional expressions are recited. The same ceremony, using the same bible, has taken place since the investiture of the first Māori king in 1858.
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