Tāwhiao was the son of Te Wherowhero, and was chosen to become the second Māori King in 1860.  Early in his reign, Sir George Grey drove Tāwhiao and his iwi to seek refuge in Ngāti Maniapoto land during the Waikato War, which saw 1.2 million acres  of Ngāti Mahuta land stolen.  A pacifist, he travelled to London to plead a case for rangatiratanga (sovereignty), set up a Māori parliament, and was known for his many prophecies, including predicting the arrival of Mormonism in Aotearoa.

king Tawhiao Matutaera POtatau te wherowhero

Ingoa/Name:  Tāwhiao Matutaera Pōtatau Te Wherowhero

Iwi/Tribe:  Ngāti Mahuta

Rohe/Region:  Waikato

Marae/Meeting House: Taupiri

Kaiwhakaahua/Photographer:  John Mayall (photography studio), 1884, London
Josiah Martin (copyist), circa 1885, Auckland 

DOB/DOD:  1822 - August 26, 1894

Burke Record Number:  9.2L354

Other Kaitiaki of this Rangatira:

Urupā site:  Mount Taupiri, Waikato