Tuheitia Paki

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Tuheitia Paki, KStJ (born 21 April 1955) is the current Māori King in New Zealand. He is the eldest son of the previous Māori monarch, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, and was announced as her successor and crowned on the same day as her tangihanga (funeral rites) took place, on August 21, 2006. His official title has not yet been decided but it is understood it will not be Te Arikinui (the great leader / chief), his mother's title.

He was educated at Rakaumanga School in Huntly, Southwell School in Hamilton and St Stephen's College in Bombay.

On 27 November 2007, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of St John, which was upgraded to a Knight in 2010.

Family

His father is Whatumoana Paki and his mother is Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu. He is married to Te Atawhai and has three children: Whatumoana, Korotangi, and Ngawai Hono I Te Po. He has five sisters and one brother: Heeni Katipa (née Paki) Tomairangi Paki, Mihi ki te ao Paki, Kiki Soloman (née Paki), Manawa Clarkson (née Paki) and lastly his younger brother Maharaia Paki. After Paki's assent to the throne, Te Atawhai was appointed patroness of the Māori Women's Welfare League in 2007.

In 2011 Korotangi Paki, Tuheitia's middle child and youngest son was involved in a car accident after which he was charged with boy racer......
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