The relevance of the Kingitanga in modern times will on Thursday be examined in a presentation by a prominent Maori academic.
The Maori King movement was established in the 1850s to put an end to land alienation, stop tribal warfare and unite the people.
Senior lecturer at Te Piringa faculty of law at Waikato University, Matiu Dickson, says the Kingitanga movement's relevance is still strong in the 21st century.
He says hui held over water rights is a clear example of the Maori King's influence, because the King had the same position as other tribes over water rights in his territory of Waikato-Tainui.
Matiu Dickson will make his presentation on Thursday - Kingitanga Day.