Da The Sydney Morning Herald del 21/08/2006
Originale su http://www.smh.com.au/news/world/maori-king-crowned/2006/08/21/1156012...

Maori king crowned

A new Maori King of New Zealand has been named on the day when the late Maori queen is to be buried atop a sacred mountain surrounded by her five royal forebears.

Tuheitia Paki, eldest son of the late Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, was named the new Maori King at Turangawaewae Marae (meeting place) in Ngaruawahia village, six days after his mother died at the age of 75.

Paki, 51, sat on the ornate carved wooden throne of the Kingitanga (Maori King) wearing his late mother's feather cloak shortly before her funeral service began.

Thousands of people crammed the meeting place for the ceremony and service, after five days of mourning during which tens of thousands paid their respects to the late Queen Te Ata.

Paki, whose royal name was not immediately announced, was chosen as the new Maori monarch by tribal leaders throughout New Zealand at secret meetings over the past few days.

At the formal Ascension or "Raising Up" ceremony, he tapped on his head with a bible in a royal tradition. The same bible was used to crown the six previous Maori monarchs.

Moments before his crowning, the crowd was asked whether the selected man should be king: "Ai" (yes) they replied.

The line of sovereigns stretches back to 1858 when the indigenous Maori selected their first king to unite their tribes as they struggled to retain ownership of their land amid an influx of British immigrants.

Tuheitia Paki and his wife Te Atawhai, have three children, Whatumoana, Korotangi and Naumai.

More than 5,000 mourners gathered this morning to pay their last respects to Dame Te Atairangikaahu.

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