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Tawhiao, the second Maori King, between 1868 and 1898

In the 1850s, there was a push among New Zealand’s Maori Tribes to establish political roles akin to those of the British colonists. This was done as a means of preserving the Maori culture in the face of colonization. The Maori Tribes selected a king, but the role had essentially no power and place within the New Zealand government. Tawhiao, the second Maori King, succeeded Potatau upon his death in 1860, and ruled for 34 years. This was a time of change and upheaval for the Maori people as colonization of New Zealand and the surrounding islands continues, and the British brought the industrial revolution with them.

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