King Tuheitia (C) with his sons Whatumoana (L) and
Korotangi Paki. Photo: NZ Herald
Whanau and supporters have gathered at Turangawaewae
marae to pray, after the Maori King had a heart attack
Reta Puhi Tamainupo, who attended last night's karakia, told
Radio New Zealand that everyone was thinking of King Tuheitia
and the family members who are by his bedside.
"The families that are born and bred around the marae just
slowly came onto the marae and sat, sort of a solemn
occasion, a worry."
She said they had done a karakia at 7pm yesterday, and 7am
"Because the news had gone out within the families around the
marae, family just started to gather for the 7 o'clock
"I guess the families will just stick to the karakia until
they know for sure the King is fine," she told RNZ.