9 Oct 2013

Te Wherowhero - Part 15: The Treasury and the King

From the collecton The Wednesday Drama

When Te Wherowhero's son Matutaera, robbed his father's treasury, he was taught the need to obey his parents and observe his duty to the people, in all circumstances. Te Wherowhero invites the aged war chief Te Rauparaha to be his guest, and the two leaders take stock of each other. In his mid-80s, Te Wherowhero is proclaimed King Potatau, the first in the line of the Maori Kings. He was raised up as king on 2nd May 1859 at Ngaruawahia. Fourteen months later, on 25th June 1860, he passed away.

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