Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1st Māori Monarch

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Pōtatau Te Wherowhero

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Te Awamutu, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Death: June 25, 1860 (80-89)
Ngāruawāhia, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Place of Burial: Taupiri, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of Te Rāuangaanga and Parengāope
Husband of Private; Hinepau Ngati Pukeko Hahau; Private; Ngā Waiata Tukorehu; Whakaawi and 4 others
Father of Private; Irihapeti Te Paea McKay; Hui Hui Hahau; Te Ika Maupoho Te Whero Whero; Ngāwai Auawa and 13 others
Brother of Rangi Tiaho Ikatu Taiho Ikatu; Te Paea (Ngapawa) Te Kaniwa; Paretaonu Tanaha; Puku; Katitakiwaru Hori Kerei Te Wherowhero and 1 other

Occupation: 1st Māori Monarch of Aotearoa New Zealand | Warrior | Waikato Leader
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1st Māori Monarch

Te Wherowhero was born in Waikato towards the end of the eighteenth century. He was the eldest son of a Waikato warrior chief, Te Rauangaanga, and Parengāope of Ngāti Koura. He belonged to the senior chiefly line of Ngāti Mahuta, and was descended from the captains of the Tainui and Te Arawa canoes... A movement arose in the 1850s to establish a Māori king to protect Māori land from alienation and to make laws to end internal strife. Mātene Te Whiwhi travelled throughout New Zealand seeking a chief of high standing who was willing to be king. Iwikau Te Heuheu Tūkino III, of Ngāti Tūwharetoa, suggested that Te Wherowhero should be approached, and his choice was supported by Wiremu Tāmihana, of Ngāti Hauā. Te Wherowhero was reluctant to take on the role of peacemaker while the death of one of his relatives, Rangiānewa, at the hands of Ngāti Hauā in 1825, was unavenged. Peace was made, however, and after lengthy negotiations Te Wherowhero accepted the kingship, and was installed at Ngāruawāhia in 1858... Pōtatau Te Wherowhero died at Ngāruawāhia on 25 June 1860. Many tribes gathered to pay their last tributes to him. He was succeeded as King by his son Tāwhiao. Source: Steven Oliver. 'Te Wherowhero, Potatau', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1990. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t88/te-wherowhero-potatau (accessed 30 August 2019).

Sources

  1. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (1990). Acker, Lewis by Clarence Louis Acker. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1a3/acker-lewis (accessed 15 May 2021)
  2. Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (1990). Te Wherowhero, Potatau by Steven Oliver. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/1t88/te-wherowhero-potatau (accessed 30 August 2019).
  3. Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P%C5%8Dtatau_Te_Wherowhero
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Pōtatau Te Wherowhero, 1st Māori Monarch's Timeline

1775
1775
Te Awamutu, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
1800
1800
Waikato, New Zealand
1811
1811
New Zealand
1820
1820
Ngāruawāhia, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
1822
May 1822
Orongokoekoeā Pā, Orongokoekoeā, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand
1824
1824
Auckland, New Zealand
1826
1826
Waikato, North Island, New Zealand