Te Paki o Matariki: 160 Years of Ki­in­gi­tanga

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To 5 May, Tā­maki Paenga Hira Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum Mark­ing the 160th an­niver­sary of the Ki­in­gi­tanga move­ment, one of New Zealand’s en­dur­ing po­lit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tions, the Auck­land War Memo­rial Mu­seum presents a ground-break­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of 16 taonga from the royal col­lec­tion of Ki­ingi Tu­uheitia Pootatau Te Wherowhero VII, the present Mãori king. The arte­facts in­clude the Ki­in­gi­tanga throne, which has never be­fore left the Tu­u­ran­gawae­wae Marae, a whale­bone toko­toko (a carved cer­e­mo­nial walk­ing stick) and a kaitaka (a fine flax chief cloak with taaniko bor­ders). In 1858, Pootatau Te Wherowhero of Waikato agreed to be­come the first king. The Auck­land Do­main, in which the mu­seum sits, was the site of Te Wherowhero’s home. auck­land­mu­seum.com

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