Taonga from Maori King collection on display for 1st time

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Taonga from the private collection of Māori King Kingi Tūheitia are on display for the first time at the Auckland Museum.
Some of the items included are the king’s throne, a large whale bone tokotoko (walking stick), and the Holy Bible that consecrated each monarch of the Kīngitanga.
Kingi Tūheitia said he was pleased to share his most treasured taonga with all New Zealanders and visitors.
Waikato Tainui leader Rahui Papa said the exhibition has taonga that are rarely seen outside of Mahinaarangi and Tūrangawaewae.
Mr Papa said each of the taonga tells its own special story in history.
He expects people will get a clearer and deeper understanding of the meaning of the Kīngitanga through the exhibition.
The Kīngitanga was founded 160 years ago with the aim of unifying the Māori people under one sovereign.

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