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Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu

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Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, ONZ DBE OStJ

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He piko, he taniwha. He piko, he taniwha, Waikato Taniwharau.

Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu, succeeded her father, King Korokī, in 1966. Her luminous 40-year reign was one of continuity, strength and stability. A woman of great mana, she was Patron of the Māori Women’s Welfare League and Kōhanga Reo.

A trailblazer for both women and Māori, she was the first Māori to be appointed a Dame, the first appointee of the Order of New Zealand and she received two Honorary Doctorates (from Waikato in 1973 and Victoria University in 1999). 

Her rohe, Waikato Tainui, was the first major Treaty Settlement with the Crown in modern times, setting a benchmark for others. A force for unity, Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu passed away just weeks after her 40th coronation and her tangi was attended by thousands.

In this One News excerpt Dame Te Ata acknowledges the many issues facing Māori – she stresses the importance of unity.

Find out more about Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu:

Read the Poroporoaki for Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu on NZHistory.net.

See the profile for Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu on Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Te Arakinui Dame Atairangikaahu – Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.

Read the Parliamentary Obituaries for Te Arikinui Dame Atairangikaahu. 

Image: Screengrab: One News.

Catalogue Reference TZP288691

Year 2004

Credits

Reporter: Tini Molyneux

Excerpt: 0:01:51

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