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Taupiri Mountain Urupa, Waikato, New Zealand

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  • Matutaera Tāwhiao (1822 - 1894)
    Tawhiao died on 26 August 1894. He was buried at Taupiri after a tangihanga in September that was attended by thousands. He had children by three wives. His principal wife was Hera, and they had three ...
  • Billy T. James (1948 - 1991)
    Billy T. James was a New Zealand comedian who was popular as an actor throughout the '80s. Born William James Taitoko in 1948 in Waikato, New Zealand, he was of Maori heritage. He developed his comedy ...
  • Korokī Te Rata Mahuta Tāwhiao Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (c.1908 - 1966)
    Korokī Te Rata Mahuta Tāwhiao Pōtatau Te Wherowhero (died 18 May 1966) was the fifth Māori King. He was the elder son of the fourth Māori King, Te Rata Mahuta, and Te Uranga Matai of the Ngāti Korokī t...
  • Pōtātau Te Wherowhero (c.1800 - 1860)
    Te Wherowhero was born in Waikato towards the end of the eighteenth century. He was the eldest son of a Waikato warrior chief, Te Rau-anga-anga, and Parengaope of Ngati Koura. He belonged to the senior...
  • Mahuta Potatau Te Wherowhero (c.1855 - 1912)
    Mahuta Tāwhiao I, Māori King (c. 1855 – 9 November 1912) was the third Māori King, reigning from 1894 to 1912, and member of the New Zealand Legislative Council from 1903 to 1910. Born Whatiwhatihoe ...

Mount Taupiri is a hill at the southern end of the Taupiri Range in the Waikato. The highest peak in the range, it rises to 288 metres above sea level and overlooks Taupiri township immediately to its south.

Mount Taupiri is a sacred mountain and burial ground for the Waikato tribe of the Māori people

The present-day burial ground is directly above State Highway 1 and the North Island Main Trunk railway line on a steep slope. Parking and access is difficult, because the road and railway lie largely on land at the foot of the slope that has been reclaimed from the river. The deceased Māori kings and queen are buried in the highest part of the cemetery, on the summit where Te Putu's pā stood. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Taupiri

Notable burials:

  • Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu (1931–2006), Māori Queen
  • Whatumoana Paki (died 2011), husband of Te Atairangikaahu
  • Billy T. James (1948–1991), comedian
  • Korokī Mahuta (1906–1966), Māori King
  • Tāwhiao (1822–1894), Māori King