It’s on days like today that I really realise the privilege of being self-employed and working from home. After the 7 days of mourning for the Māori queen, Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu, today a new monarch is announced and the Queen is laid to rest. The whole ceremony is being broadcast on Māori TV and I’m able to watch this historic event.
Wikipedia tells us about the Māori King Movement:
The Māori King Movement or Te Kīngitanga is a movement that arose among some of the Māori tribes of New Zealand in the 1850s to establish a symbolic role similar in status to that of the monarch of the colonising people, the British.
Today’s ceremony at Turangawaewae marae has drawn between 5,000 and 10,000 people to Ngaruawahia.
Now, taking the Queen’s place is her oldest son: Tu Heitia Paki.