21 Aug 2006

Maori Queen buried after funeral service at Turangawaewae Marae

3:23 pm on 21 August 2006

The late Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu has been buried on Taupiri mountain.

This followed this morning's funeral service at Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia.

At the ceremony, her son Te Arikinui Tuheitia Paki, was announced as her successor.

Messages from overseas dignitaries were read at the service, including from Pope Benedict and representatives from Pacific Island countries.

A message from Queen Elizabeth the second was read by the acting governor general, Dame Sian Elias.

"Dame Te Ata gave a lifetime of service and dedication. I remember warmly my own visit to Turangawaewae and my meetings with Dame Te Ata. Her leadership, dignity and compassion will long be remembered."

The acting governor general, Dame Sian Elias, reading a message from Queen Elizabeth the second.