Queen honours ‘kingmaker’

His love and desire to help his people has earned a Ngati Haua man recognition for his work.

Andrew Thompson or Anaru Tarapipipi is the ‘Kingmaker’, the current Tumuaki o te Kingitanga, a role that sees him anoint the new head of the Kingitanga movement when the time comes.

Thompson has been appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order for services to Maori, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

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Our Wiremu Tamihana NZer of the Year

Tamahere’s first person of historic significance, Wiremu Tamihana, has been chosen as New Zealander of the year … 1863.

The belated recognition of the farsighted Ngati Haua peacemaker, labeled by some as a rebel in his day, comes as the NZ Herald celebrates 150 years of publication.

In a commemorative magazine in today’s NZ Herald, the paper, which has chosen a New Zealander of the Year for many years, uses hindsight to name people it thought should have been rightfully recognised in their day over the last 150 years.

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