|Tūheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero VII|
Kīngi Tūheitia in 2019
|Reign||21 August 2006 – present|
|Coronation||21 August 2006|
|Predecessor||Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu|
|Born||21 April 1955|
Huntly, New Zealand
|Spouse||Makau Ariki Atawhai|
|Issue||Te Ariki Tamaroa Whatumoana|
Te Ariki Taituruki Korotangi
Puhi Ariki Ngawaihonoitepo
|Mother||Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu|
Tūheitia Potatau Te Wherowhero VII KStJ GCCT KCLJ (born 21 April 1955), crowned as Kiingi Tūheitia, is the current Māori King in Aotearoa New Zealand. He is the eldest son of the previous Māori monarch, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, and was announced as her successor and crowned on 21 August 2006, the same day her tangihanga (funeral rites) took place.
King Tūheitia (born Tuheitia Paki) is the son of Whatumoana Paki and Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, who married in 1952. He was educated at Rakaumanga School in Huntly, Southwell School in Hamilton and St Stephen's College (Te Kura o Tipene) in Bombay, south of Auckland. He has five sisters and one brother: Heeni Katipa (née Paki); Tomairangi Paki; Mihi ki te ao Paki; Kiki Solomon (née Paki); Manawa Clarkson (née Paki), and brother Maharaia Paki.
He is married to Makau Ariki (Royal Consort) Atawhai and they have three children: Whatumoana, Korotangi, and Ngawai Hono I Te Po.
Duties and background
The King generally speaks publicly only once a year, at the annual celebrations in Ngaruawahia of his coronation. Since ascending to the throne his official duties have included attending the following events:
- funeral of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV of Tonga, September 2006
- opening of Pūkawa Marae on the shore of Lake Taupo, Aotearoa, on 17–19 November 2006
- opening of "Mauri Ora" an exhibition of Māori artefacts from Te Papa on exhibition at the Tokyo National Museum in Tokyo, Japan on 22 January 2007
- funeral of Malietoa Tanumafili II of Samoa, 19 May 2007
- re-opening of the marae/war memorial hall in Ngaiotonga, Whangaruru 2007
- opening of the Māori garden in Hamilton Gardens, 2008
- unveiling of Te Kawerau a Maki's new pou for the Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges in 2011
- haka and speech for the fleet of 110 waka to commemorate 160 years of Kiingitanga in 2018
- private audience with His Holiness Pope Francis at the Vatican in May 2019
In May 2019, King Tuheitia and members of the Whare Ariki traveled to Italy where the King met Pope Francis in a Private Audience at the Vatican. The two met and discussed issues pertaining to Te Iwi Maori and indigenous peoples around the world. King Tuheitia also issued a formal invitation for the Pope to visit Turangawaewae Marae and Aotearoa.
In 2018, to honour King Tuheitia and his leadership of the Kiingitanga, the General Synod of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, journeyed to Turangawaewae Marae to join with the multitudes in honouring the 160 years of this Monarchy.
H.M. King Tuheitia attends hundreds of events every year both nationally and internationally. He is the Patron to several key organisations; including Te Matatini, the largest Māori Cultural Festival in the world, Kirikiriroa Marae a large urban Marae in Hamilton.
He frequently receives International dignitaries, foreign Diplomats, members of other Royal families and members of Governments. In 2014 the King notably received 26 Diplomats to discuss international and trade interests for the Kiingitanga.
In 2009 H.M. King Tuheitia made a visit to the New Zealand Parliament and was honored in a speech given by the former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon. Helen Clark. In the same year, the King accompanied Helen Clark to the United Nations upon her appointment as the United Nations Development Programme administrator.
The King regularly attends significant events of Māoridom up and down the country. In July of 2018, the King and Royal family attended the 150th Celebrations of the Ringatu Church; to which the King's eldest grandson, Hikairo, has been baptised. The King also frequently attends the annual 25th of January celebrations of the Ratana Church expressing his continued support for all Denominations and his deep desire to unify the people.
The Poukai is an annual series of visits by the Māori King to Marae around and beyond the Tainui region, a tradition that dates back to the 19th century. Poukai were established by the second Māori King, Tāwhiao, who said “Kua whakatūria e ahau tēnei kaupapa hei whāngai i te pouaru, te pani me te rawakore, he kuaha whānui kua puare ki te puna tangata me te puna kai.” (I have instituted this gathering to feed the widowed, the bereaved and the destitute, it is a doorway that has been opened to the multitudes of people and the bounty of food.)
There are 29 Poukai every year and H.M. King Tuheitia attends each one. Poukai are a critical event in the Kiingitanga calendar. A unique element of Poukai is their focus on: te pani (the bereaved), te pouaru (the widowed) and te rawakore (the destitute). These events, lead by the King and his predecessors before him, are put in place to assist and help ease the burdens and challenges faced by people.
Poukai are also occasions of great celebration where entire iwi (tribes) and hapū (sub-tribe) come together to prepare a great hākari (feast) in honour of the King and the Royal family. The Poukai Marae are:
Horahora | Kokohinau | Taniwha | Hukanui | Maurea | Poutu | Parawera | Aotearoa / Rawhitiroa | Rakaunui | Waipapa | Maketu | Okapu | Turangawaewae | Mirumiru | Te Kuiti Pa | Huria | Te Papaorotu | Nga Taierua | Tainui-a-whiro | Ngati Pikiao | Pohara | Whatapaka | Tauranganui | Wahi Pa | Mangatangi | Ngatira / Pikitu | Te Awamarahi | Waikare | Reretewhioi
H.M. King Tuheitia has been at the forefront of many political issues, particularly pertaining to Māori. In 2018 the King launched, in collaboration with the New Zealand Police and Ministry of Justice, the Iwi Justice Panel. This approach to restorative justice aims to reduce incarceration rates among Māori, which are among the highest for an indigenous people in the world.
In 2017, H.M. King Tuheitia led a groundbreaking moment for the Kiingitanga by signing a formal Accord with the Ministry of Corrections, on behalf of the Government of New Zealand. This award winning Accord led to the development of the Iwi Justice Panel's and also a further partnership venture with Corrections to build a reintegration Center for incarcerated women who gave birth to a child while in prison. In an exclusive visit to a women's prison in Auckland, the King personally visited mother's and their children and pledge is strength to do more for all incarcerated people.
In 2014 the King received a group from White Ribbon NZ who were travelling New Zealand promoting an anti-violence campaign.
Tekau-ma-Rua and Te Kahui Wairua
During his reign King Tāwhiao established an advisory council “Tekau-mā-Rua” (the twelve). Each successive Monarch has had a Tekau-mā-Rua to offer advice and act as a senior council within the Kiingitanga.
In 2012 H.M King Tuheitia formally established his Tekau-mā-Rua and he also added a spiritual council, called Te Kāhui Wairua. These two councils work together in providing advice, guidance and a strategic platform for the King and the Kiingitanga. A unique aspect of King Tuheitia’s Tekau-mā-Rua, and a first for the Kiingitanga, is a council made up of members from outside of the Waikato tribal region (the direct tribe of the King).
|Member||Karangatanga (representative area)|
|Rikirangi Gage (Chairperson)||Te Whānau-ā-Apanui|
|Kihi Ngatai||Tauranga Moana|
|Prof. Pou Temara||Ngāi Tūhoe|
|Te Kahautu Maxwell||Te Whakatohea|
|Sir Toby Curtis||Te Arawa|
|Che Wilson||Te Wainuiarua-Whanganui|
|Herewini Parata||Ngāti Porou|
|Jerry Hapuku||Ngāti Kahungunu|
|Mema Āpiti||Companion Members|
|Kataraina O’Brien||Māori Women’s Welfare League|
|Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi||Te Kōhanga Reo|
|Sir Taihakurei Durie||NZ Māori Council|
Te Kāhui Wairua
|Tumuaki Rev. Diana Tana (Chairperson)||Te Hāhi Weteriana / The Methodist Church|
|Rev. Rex Nathan||Te Hāhi Weteriana / The Methodist Church|
|Apotoro Takiwa Joe Everitt||Te Hāhi Ratana / The Ratana Church|
|Rev. Wayne Te Kaawa||Te Aka Puaho / The Presbyterian Church|
|Rev. Mahaki Albert||Te Aka Puaho / The Presbyterian Church|
|Dr. Huirangi Waikerepuru||Paimārire|
|Poutikanga Wirangi Pera||Te Hāhi Ringatu / The Ringatu Church|
|Ven. Ngira Simmonds *||Te Hāhi Mihinare / The Anglican Church|
|Rt. Rev'd Ngarahu Katene||Te Hāhi Mihinare / The Anglican Church|
|(Vacant)||Te Hāhi Katorika / The Catholic Church|
*Archdeacon Simmonds is the Chaplain to the Kiingitanga and Private Chaplain to the King.
On 27 November 2007, King Tuheitia was appointed an Officer of the Venerable Order of Saint John and upgraded to a Knight in 2016. He was appointed to Grand Cross of the Order of the Crown of Tonga during the coronation ceremonies of King George Tupou V of Tonga. In 2010 he was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Lazarus.
In 2016, in celebration of the King's 10th Coronation Anniversary, the Mayor of Hamilton City awarded King Tuheitia the cities highest honour – The Freedom of the City. In the same year the King also received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Waikato.
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- "Mauri Ora: Treasures from the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – Tokyo National Museum, Japan". Archived from the original on 5 September 2009.
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- "New Zealands first Maori Garden opens to the public". scoop.co.nz. 2010. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
As part of the Productive Garden Collection at Hamilton Gardens, Te Parapara was officially opened in 2008 by His Excellency Anand Satyanand and Te Arikinui Tuheitia Paki, the Maori King. However, December's unveiling will open an area housing a number of precious artisan carvings which were previously inaccessible to the public.
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- Black, Taroi (6 May 2018). "King Tuheitia performs powerful haka". Māori Television. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
- "Papal audience: Māori King invites Pope Francis to New Zealand". TVNZ. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "The Māori King has met with Pope Francis in Rome". Stuff. Retrieved 20 June 2019.
- "Anglican Taonga : New Zealand's Anglican News Leader". www.anglicantaonga.org.nz. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Patron". Te Matatini. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Jacinda Ardern meets with Maori King Tuheitia at Turangawaewae Marae". TVNZ. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Trade on the agenda at Turangawaewae". Stuff. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Visitors — Māori King—Te Arikinui Tuheitia – New Zealand Parliament". www.parliament.nz. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- Young, Audrey Young and Yvonne Tahana, Audrey (17 April 2009). "Maori King joins Clark's UN trip". ISSN 1170-0777. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- Kani, Shaan Te. "150 years of Ringatu Faith". gisborneherald.co.nz. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Ratana strengthens ties with Kingitanga". Māori Television. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu. "Poukai marae". teara.govt.nz. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- Beau (12 December 2017). "Poukai 2018". Ngati Haua Iwi Trust. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
- "King Tuheitia launches new Iwi Māori Panel". Māori Television. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Kiingitanga and Corrections unite to assist Māori offenders". Māori Television. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Corrections Department NZ – Partnership Award recognises Kiingitanga". www.corrections.govt.nz. 11 August 2017. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Māori King and Corrections to build centre for mothers". Radio New Zealand. 6 November 2018. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "What an honour with King Tuheitia — with Sue Justsue, Dempsey Broad, David White, Rawiri Ma and Peter Kelly Porter". White Ribbon New Zealand. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- "Tekau-mā-rua waiting to be finalised". Māori Television. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
- "Order of St John". The Gazette. 27 November 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Yearbook 2008" (PDF). St John NZ. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Kiingi Tuheitia coronation commemorations". gg.govt.nz. Office of the Governor-General of New Zealand. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 17 October 2017.
On 21 August, the Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine attended commemorations at Turangawaewae to mark the 10th anniversary of the coronation of Kiingi Tuheitia.
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- "Kiingi Tuheitia invested as Knight Commander". Scoop. 9 March 2010. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
- "Hamilton honours the Māori King". Newshub. 16 August 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
- email@example.com (8 September 2016). "King Tuheitia receives an honorary doctorate". www.waikato.ac.nz. Retrieved 4 February 2019.
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