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Toledo 05-26-2006 06:16 AM

Royalty of New Zealand
New Zealand has it's very own Royalty, here is a thread to place the news and interesting sites. :)

picture of Maori Queen Dame Te Ata

Maori Queen's date with Destiny raises eyebrows
Tuesday May 23, 2006

On the day that the Labour Party's political heavyweights arrived at Turangawaewae Marae to honour the 40th anniversary of the coronation of the Maori Queen, the Destiny Church's leader, Brian Tamaki, upstaged them.

Celebrations for Maori Queen wrap up
May 23, 2006

Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu was elected in 1966, making her the sixth in her line and the first female monarch.
The Maori Queen shrugged off health problems to put on a brave face on the final day of celebrations. She arrived in the 1953 Chrysler that was gifted to her family from Queen Elizabeth.

Toledo 05-26-2006 06:24 AM

Ruby party for Dame Te Ata
11 May 2006
By Yvonne Tahana

Coronation committee chairman Tom Moana said planning for the event started on the last day of last year's coronation. It had to, as it will mark the longest reign of any Maori monarch, he said.
"It's certainly a landmark occasion. It's the longest ever individual's holding of that particular mantle for Kingitanga. It's very special."
The celebratory programme includes the launch of a documentary on Dame Te Ata, and she is due to give a jubilee address.

Coronation speech brings tears and fears
24 May 2006 Yvonne Tahana

After nearly a week of waiting, more than 5000 people at Turangawaewae Marae were hushed yesterday as Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu delivered her coronation anniversary speech.
A tiny and fragile figure, Dame Te Ata stood on the steps of Mahingarangi and quietly told the gathering she now found it difficult to speak for long periods. "I can't find words to express my gratitude. If I could find all the most beautiful words, I would put them together and lay them among you, to help me with my thoughts of affection."

Celebrations finish with fireworks
24 May 2006

More than 30,000 people were believed to have joined in the week-long festivities celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Maori Queen's coronation in Ngaruawahia.

Ms Templeton said Dame Te Ata said she was embarrassed with the accolades showered on her, and she was humbled and moved by the turnout of Pacific Island dignitaries, the cabinet and National Party.
Prime Minister Helen Clark and cabinet members attended the ceremony yesterday, along with Queen Halaevalu Mata'aho of Tonga, Princess Kekaulike Kawananakoa of Hawaii and royalty from the Cook Islands.

Maori Queen looks to 150th anniversary of Kingitanga, in 2008

23 May 2006
The Coronation hui at Ngaruawahia reached its climax on Tuesday, with a speech by the Maori Queen looking forward to commemorations in 2008.
By then, it will mark the 150th anniversary of the formation of the Kingitanga.

old news about her:
Maori Queen's visit to the Kingdom of Tonga
Your culture makes you unique: Dame Te Ata
August 1, 2003

New Zealand's Maori Queen, Dame Te Arikuini Te Atairangikaahu visited Tonga twice recently to attend a wedding in the Tongan Royal Family, and the King's 85th birthday.

She was amazed at how well Tonga has held together its traditions, but also expressed concern about the need to make the young people of the Pacific aware of their unique heritage in a world that often does not understand their cultures.

As head of the Royal Family of New Zealand Maoridom, the Maori Queen, at 72 years of age, is continuing to foster a very close relationship between Tonga and Turangawaewae Marae, and one that for her, personally, goes back 56 years to 1947 when she first came to the kingdom for the double wedding of King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV and his brother, the late Prince Tu'ipelehake.

Australian 08-04-2006 08:19 AM

Maori Queen home for birthday

Maori Queen celebrates

RhapsodyBrat 08-16-2006 03:55 AM

sad news
New Zealand's Maori queen dies
Tuesday, August 15, 2006 Posted: 1231 GMT (2031 HKT) Photo from AP/CNN

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) -- Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, the queen of New Zealand's indigenous Maori population, died Tuesday, her family announced. She was 75.

Te Ata was the seventh Maori sovereign, a direct descendant of a royal line that began in 1858 when the Maori responded to Britain's colonization of New Zealand by choosing a monarch of their own. The role carries only ceremonial powers but is hugely respected by most Maori.

Te Ata was the longest-serving head of the Kingitanga (King) movement, which largely was a response to continual Maori land losses as European settlers flocked to the British colony and took land from the indigenous people.

boudicca 08-16-2006 04:58 AM

Isn't she a beautiful woman....New Zealand will truely miss her

Iain 08-16-2006 07:30 AM

I'm very sorry to hear the sad news. May her dear soul rest in peace.

Just a thought! shouldn't New Zealand royalty be under OTHER REIGNING HOUSES rather than NON REIGNING HOUSES?

StoneCold 08-17-2006 05:55 AM

Maori Queen dies after 40 years on the throne:sad:

Australian 08-19-2006 04:00 AM

Rugby match to pay tribute to late Maori Queen

moment's silence will be observed at tonight's Tri Nations Test in Auckland in honour of the Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu, who died on Tuesday.

Organisers says Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu's funeral is still planned for Monday despite an apparent delay over naming her successor,2106,3770326a10,00.html

Toledo 08-19-2006 04:44 PM

Live Simulcast Planned For Burial of Maori Queen
Friday, 18 August 2006, 4:55 pm
Press Release: Television New Zealand 18th August, 2006

Fish'n'chips and chat with a queen
Friday August 18, 2006
By Simon O'Rourke

Maori Queen's family quiet about successor
18/08/2006 6:32:02

quote from that last link:
...Queen Elizabeth has sent a letter of condolence to Tainui. She says Dame Te Ata gave a lifetime of service and dedication. The Queen says she warmly remembers her own visit to Turangawaewae and her meetings with the Maori Queen. She says her leadership, dignity and compassion will long be remembered.
A spokeswoman for Buckingham Palace has dismissed speculation a member of the British royal family may travel to New Zealand for Monday's funeral...

Toledo 08-20-2006 05:48 PM

This is the latest article, and some quotes from it. I found very interesting how the process of selecting the next Maori monarch echoes the same problems we have discussed in other threads about succesion rights of older princesess taken away by younger male siblings.

'Daughter should succeed me' - Queen
New Zeland Herald
Sunday August 20, 2006
By Adam Gifford

...The Maori Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu expressed a preference for a daughter to succeed her, and posed the question of whether it was the right time for another king, according to Tainui sources.

...The choice will be named, and the new Arikinui crowned, before Dame Te Ata is buried beside her ancestors high on Taupiri Mountain on Monday.

...the choice was where it was from the start - between Dame Te Ata's elder son, Tuheitia Paki, and her eldest child, daughter Heeni Katipa.
The debate echoes that of 40 years ago when princess Piki, then a 35-year-old farmer's wife, was chosen over her male relatives to succeed her father, King Koroki...

Avalon 08-20-2006 06:47 PM

Thanks for the update Toledo
I certainly hope that Queen Dame Te Atairangikaahu's last wish will be fulfilled and her daughter will succeed her.
And that does echo situation in several European Royal Families, where there is the question of elder daughter and younger male. Hope they will take Sweden as an example (and their late Queen, a woman, yet a great and beloved Monarch).

Princejohnny25 08-20-2006 07:22 PM

There is no set rule for succession. They may not even pick one of the late Queens children. They may pick someone else from a royal tribe. Its a somewhat democratic system. Any one can succeed to the throne as long as they are a desendant of the first king. I think we will figure out tomorrow who will be the next monarch.

Princejohnny25 08-21-2006 12:32 AM

The Queen is Dead, Long live the King

NZ Maori choose new King

Vanesa 08-21-2006 09:23 PM

I was very sad when I saw the news at Television. She seemed to be a great Queen and a nice woman. How, how sad...Oceanic Royalty must be really shocked these last days, after the death of Princes of Oceania. And now this. What a lost.


Toledo 08-21-2006 10:00 PM

Best wishes for the new King and hope he is as memorable as his legendary mother was. This, again, makes me think on another similar situation of a certain male prince waiting all his life to succeed his mother, the Queen.
Best wishes to him and his family as the new representatives of New Zeland's Maori monarchy.

Royalist0007 09-05-2006 10:26 PM

Here's a section that will really be of interest to a number of you,especially the members who are from the Dominion of New Zealand like myself.It is about the various Maori monarchies.There are a number,of which the monarchies of the Waikato Maori Nation (Tainui) & Ngati Tuwharetoa are the most well-known.

The recent death of Te Arikinui Dame Te Ataairangikaahu marked the end of an era as well as a 40 year reign at the helm of both the Waikato Maori Nation & the Maori King Movement (or 'Kingitanga' in the local dialect of the Maori language).She was able to relate to many New Zealanders,both Maoris & non-Maoris.She will be remembered with affection by the people of Wanganui,as she openly condemned the illegal occupation of Moutoa Gardens in Wanganui through addressing the people of the Dominion on the radio back in 1995.Her son & successor Te Ariki Tuheitia Paki,the new King has huge shoes to fill.He will be assisted by Paramount Chief Tumu Te Heu Heu of Ngati Tuwharetoa,who succeeded his famous father,Paramount Chief Sir Hepi Te Heu Heu,K.B.E. in 1997.

Toledo,Tainui's monarchy is not the only Maori monarchy.I do have a section on the Maori monarchies under 'Other Reigning Houses'.The other major Maori monarchy is that of Ngati Tuwharetoa,whose ruler is Paramount Chief Tumu Te Heu Heu.

Toledo 09-05-2006 11:28 PM

She seemed to be the one to get a lot of exposure.
Thanks for the information on the other royal families, please share more about them since many of us just have basic knowledge about it.

I think we have one thread dedicated to these traditional royal families in New Zeland here:

Iain 09-06-2006 12:04 PM


Originally Posted by Toledo I think we have one thread dedicated to these traditional royal families in New Zeland here: [URL=""[/URL]

I have already made this point but will make it again, shouldn't New Zealand Royalty be under "Other Reigning Houses" rather than "Non Reigning Houses"? Surely the later is for royal families who no longer have a throne whereas the Maori royals do.

Royalist0007 09-06-2006 09:32 PM

Iain,I agree with you there.As I am from New Zealand,I am well aware of what has been happening recently.

Here's a website with some readers' reactions;,2106,3771880a4621,00.html .

(Note;My comment is at the top of the page.)


Avalon 09-07-2006 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by Iain
I have already made this point but will make it again, shouldn't New Zealand Royalty be under "Other Reigning Houses" rather than "Non Reigning Houses"? Surely the later is for royal families who no longer have a throne whereas the Maori royals do.

Since I am not remotely an expert (or even amateur) on the New Zealand Royalty, I asked Warred and Mandy to help to answer your question. Here is Warren's response:


Just as the Ashanti Kings in Ghana, the Maharajahs in India, or the Sultans in Indonesia don't rule, neither does the Maori King or Queen rule in or over New Zealand.

They may be recognized by their people, have some authority, and cultural or even political influence, and be recognized by the State, but they are not the Head of State of the nation, and therefore can't be included in our classification as a "Reigning House".

Hope it answers your question why the New Zealand Royalty is in Non-Reigning Houses thread. :flowers:

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