19 Aug 2017

Celebrations under way for Māori King

10:05 am on 19 August 2017

Celebrations are under way for the 11th anniversary of the coronation of the Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia.

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Kīngi Tuheitia Photo: AFP

Tūrangawaewae Marae in Waikato is expecting thousands of visitors from iwi throughout the country during the four day event.

The Māori King's celebrations began yesterday by honouring the passing of Kīngi Tuheitia's older sister and others who have died in the last year.

Kīngi Tuheitia is the seventh Māori monarch since the Kīngitanga movement started in 1858.

He took on the role as Māori King after the passing of his mother the Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikahu 11 years ago.

Celebrations for the coronation include kapa haka performances and a sports competition with over 1000 participants.

Kīngi Tuheitia's annual address will close the celebrations on Monday.