Story: Ngāti Maniapoto

Memorial stone for the King movement

Memorial stone for the King movement

At Haurua, just south of Ōtorohanga, a memorial stone expresses Ngāti Maniapoto’s support for the Māori King movement. It was there in 1857 that Pōtatau Te Wherowhero met with his Ngāti Maniapoto relatives to seek their approval before accepting the offer of kingship. At the meeting, which was called Te Puna o te Roimata (the wellspring of tears), it was made known that the kingship was to be hereditary.

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Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, 'Ngāti Maniapoto - The Māori King movement', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Tūhuatahi Tui Adams and Paul Meredith, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 22 Mar 2017