Yesterday marked the 12th Koroneihana of Kīngi Tuheitia Pōtatau Te Wherowhero Te Tuawhitu at Tūrangawaewae Marae in Ngāruawāhia. 

The King's Office has come under fire recently for misspending by its members. 

The issue was addressed by the King yesterday in his speech to the nation.

He also informed his followers the kaupapa of the Kīngitanga will forever live on. 

In his speech he also addressed opinions shared by a former representative, Tukoroirangi Morgan. 

"I'm sad that there a few amongst us that wish to undermine my office and therefore the Kīngitanga.

"I recall my tupuna Te Wherowhero faced similar threats, he simply decided the hole being dug for him will be filled with those with the shovel."

Tuheitia made an impassioned call for te iwi Māori to reunite.

"To the iwi who stood with Te Wherowhero when this journey began - lets us rekindle that power of kotahitanga." 

The PM Jacinda Ardern didn't make it to the coronation, however, the King has words of advice for her.

"I urge you to continue to demand greater performance from your ministers and their departments to ensure better outcomes for all citizens and Māori."

He concluded by telling his followers that movement has been around for 160 years, and will be around for many more.

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