Story: Ngāti Tūwharetoa

Pūkawa monument

Pūkawa monument

This monument at Pūkawa records the meeting in November 1856 at which the Māori kingship was offered to Iwikau Te Heuheu. He did not accept the offer and subsequently Pōtatau Te Wherowhero agreed to become king. Pūkawa was also the place where, at the end of the 18th century, Herea Te Heuheu defeated Te Wakaiti to become the unchallenged chief of the Taupō area.

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Martin Wikaira, 'Ngāti Tūwharetoa - Warfare', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 January 2022)

Story by Martin Wikaira, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2017