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King Pōtatau

This book details the background to the Kingitanga and also tells the story of the first king, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero. It details all the momentous events of Te Wherowhero’s life from around 1775 to his death in 1860, including his status as Lord of the Waikato and the famous battles and conflicts with other tribes, his raising up as the First Māori King, and Mana Motuhake, the Māori Kingship, set apart as the symbol of the spiritual and cultural life of the Māori.  

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This book details the background to the Kingitanga and also tells the story of the first king, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero. It details all the momentous events of Te Wherowhero’s life from around 1775 to his death in 1860, including his status as Lord of the Waikato and the famous battles and conflicts with other tribes, his raising up as the First Māori King, and Mana Motuhake, the Māori Kingship, set apart as the symbol of the spiritual and cultural life of the Māori.  

Pei Te Hurinui’s biography of King Pōtatau tells this story in a Māori voice employing waiata, poetry and whakapapa as well as prose text in English and English translations so that the book is accessible to both Māori language speakers and those with no knowledge of Māori.  

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  • ISBN: 9781869694234
  • Dimension: 144 x 234 mm
  • Pages: 320
  • Format: Softback
  • Language: English
  • Publication Date: 02 Aug 2010

This book details the background to the Kingitanga and also tells the story of the first king, Pōtatau Te Wherowhero.

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"The publishers and the Polynesian Society deserve credit for re-publishing this valuable and scholarly account of the birth of Māori monarchy and the valuable surrounding history of those times and of Māori culture generally."Daily Post

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About the Author

The Polynesian Society

The Polynesian Society is a non-profit organization based at the University of AUckland dedicated to the scholarly study of the history, ethnography, and mythology of Oceania. The Society was co-founded in 1892 by Stephenson Percy Smith and Edward Tregear largely in response to a conviction, widely held at the time, that Māori and other Polynesian ... Read More

About the Author

Pei Te Hurinui Jones

Pei Te Hurinui Jones was a Ngāti Maniapoto leader, interpreter, land officer, writer, translator and genealogist, published extensively in both English and Māori. He translated several of Shakespeare's plays and Fitzgeralds's Omar Khayyam into Māori. He collaborated with Sir Apirana Ngāta, translating into English and annotating 280 of the 300 waia... Read More