Reign of King Tuheitia Officially Begins
King Tuheitia, the seventh Maori monarch, has marked the official start of his leadership after a year of mourning for his mother and predecessor, Queen Dame Te Atairangikahu. Thousands of Maori and dignitaries travelled to the Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia to hear King Tuheitia’s first public speech, which focused on the importance of children’s education. “As parents and grandparents we need to nurture the next generation to excel in all that they do, pursue excellence and be tireless in their determination,” he said. He also stressed the need for continued learning in adults: “As we commit to our Maori way and world view we open doors to peoples of all cultures, their language, knowledge and even create the potential for trading opportunities alongside the Maori economy.” The Maori royal line dates back to 1858.