KOROKI TERATA " MAORI KING - 1939 --- 1966
edmondsallan - Hello - We are about to read about the power game that goes on above our heads Most times behind closed doors . In 1946 Prime Minister Peter Fraser stated that Koroki could not be represented at international bodies such as the United Nations.Koroki's status and financial support for his role as King were key elements in the negotiations in the 1930s and 1940s for compensation for the confiscation of Waikato lands in the 1860s. An appeal for statutory recognition of Koroki’s position was made in 1946, but Fraser said that he had no evidence that tribal groups outside Waikato supported such a demand. Following the establishment of the Tainui Maori Trust Board in 1946, grants were made to Koroki to cover the cost of Kingitanga functions.
In 1948 there was pressure for a referendum on the sale of liquor in the King Country. A verbal promise had been made to Ngati Maniapoto in 1885 by Premier Robert Stout, whereby liquor was banned from the King Country in return for its being opened to the railway and other developments. Koroki tended to favour the counter-proposal of Pei Te Hurinui that tribal welfare trusts in the King Country should benefit if licences were granted, but agreed to lead a delegation to demand the continuance of the pact. On 30 March 1949 Koroki and 600 supporters presented Fraser with a petition demanding the maintenance of the pact; they were met with courtesy and cups of tea, but by 1954 the King Country was ‘wet'. On several occasions Koroki and his family refused to take part in receptions for British royalty at Rotorua. Te Puea explained to Eric Ramsden that it was her people's custom to receive important people on their own marae; they did not go to other marae to welcome them. This was the attitude taken in 1953 when an invitation to visit Turangawaewae, first extended by Te Puea in 1952, was again tendered to Queen Elizabeth II. After difficult negotiations, some at the last minute, a short visit took place on 30 December 1953. Koroki had wanted to present the Queen with a loyal address prepared by Pei Te Hurinui, but this was not permitted. However, a signed and sealed copy was later forwarded. In this document, for the first time, a Maori King swore allegiance to the British Crown.
After the earlier deaths of his uncles and, in 1952, of Te Puea, Koroki, at the instigation of the elders, commuted from Waahi pa to take up daily residence in Turongo House, Ngaruawahia. From the late 1950s his health began to deteriorate, and although he continued to keep himself informed, and his opinion continued to be sought, he gradually dropped out of public life. He was represented by Pei Te Hurinui, his wife, Te Atairangikaahu, and his secretary, Piri Poutapu, among others, and increasingly in the 1960s his designated heir, Piki, took a prominent role. He died at Ngaruawahia on 18 May 1966. Piki was crowned as Te Arikinui Te Atairangikaahu a few hours before Koroki’s burial on Taupiri on 23 May 1966. I wonder if you have ever noticed the Huge official burial ground on the hill, left hand side of Highway one ( 1 ) just south of Huntly . It is a very " tapu " place and deeply respected by every body and it looks out over the " Mighty Waikato River " Till we meet again - Regards -edmondsallan