Maori King sculpture to be unveiled in Hamilton

  • 17/08/2015
Kiingi Tawhiao ruled from 1825-1896
Kiingi Tawhiao ruled from 1825-1896

The unveiling of a bronze sculpture of the second Maori King is an historic moment for Hamilton, says the city's mayor.

Noted Kiwi artist Gary Schofield created the sculpture of Kiingi Tawhiao Matutaera Potatau Te Wherewhero back in the 1980s, but always planned to gift it to the city to mark its 150th anniversary.

And with Schofield visiting the country and Hamilton celebrating its 150th this month, today's the day when the sculpture will finally be unveiled at Waikato Museum.

Mayor Julie Hardaker said the presentation of the artwork marks an historic moment for the city.

"Kiingi Tawhiao was a very significant iwi leader in our region and he was a vocal proponent of unity among Waikato hapu," she says.

"That philosophy of unity will be further enhanced by Monday's unveiling."

Kiingi Tawhiao ruled from 1825-1896.

Schofield went to school with current ruler Kiingi Tuheitia, who'll be represented at the ceremony by his son Whatumoana Paki.