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Wiremu Tamehana - King Maker; 1092

Wiremu Tamehana - King Maker; 1092
Wiremu Tamehana - King Maker
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Tamehana was credited with being the power behind the union of the tribes under the first Maori King and it was he who performed the coronation ceremony of the first king selected, Potatau I. The son and a foremost warrior of the warlike Te Waharoa, Tamehana had become a devout Christian by 1838. Ngati Haua chief and Christian leader of the model village of Peria near Matamata, he was paramount chief of the Matamata-Maungatautari region during the Waikato War of 1863-1864. He was eventually persuaded by George Graham, member of the House of Representatives and well-known to Tamehana, to make peace with the pakeha and they travelled together to Tamahere where Tamehana surrendered, laying his taiaha at the feet of General Carey.

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