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Performance: KORONEIHANA (CORRONATION) – TURANGAWAEWAE MARAE
19 August, 2016
The annual Koroneihana (coronation) commemorations marks the time when King Tuheitia ascended the throne on the 21 August 2006 following the passing of his mother, Te Arikinui Dame Te Ataairangikaahu, who had reigned for 40 years from 23 May 1966.
The August celebrations are expected to be the biggest ever to match the 10 year milestone of King Tuheitia’s reign also paying tribute and remembering his mother.
Koroneihana attracts hundreds of visitors nationally and internationally to Turangawaewae Marae in Ngaruawahia, for the week long celebrations.
It brings together iwi from across the motu (country) who support the Maori kingship movement which emerged in the 1850s as a symbol of unity.
Throughout the week visitors and iwi members will take part in political debates on matters important to the Kingitanga and to Maoridom. Cultural performances, sports competitions, education expo and other festivities also take place. Koroneihana is one of the key events on the Māori calendar.