Scoop Report - The Maori Queen Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu died Tuesday (August 15 2006) at Turangawaewae in the Waikato,
aged 75 years, after a long illness. Elders from the Tainui Iwi (tribe) announced the news this evening.
In July, the Maori Queen recovered from a severe heart attack after having been admitted to Waikato Hospital's intensive
care unit. She had struggled with ill-health, particularly over the last 12 months, and had been receiving daily
dialysis treatment for her failing kidneys.
Dame Te Atairangikaahu arose from Maoridom's Kingitanga movement of the Mahuta royalty. Her father was the late Maori
King, Koroki. She was crowned Queen in 1966 at the age of 34. Her 40th anniversary of her coronation was celebrated in
May - marking her as the longest serving Maori monarch.
Dame Te Atairangikaahu celebrated her 75th birthday a fortnight ago and the 40th anniversary of her coronation was
celebrated in May.