Kingdom of Waikato
|Motto"To fight to better than to fall"----|
Battle of Waikato
|Offical Languages||Māori, English|
|- King||Heketoro Heni|
|- Court Minister||Arapeta Hohona|
The kingdom of Waikato gained independence on the 3rd January 1872 after fierce fighting at Akarana the previous year. The soldiers main objectitives, to create a monarchy with a māori king and culture. This was originally suppose to be a symbolic term, but, after winning the battle of Rangiriri, the movement strived to create a nation and an accual position of king. When this was achieved, the treaty of Wellington made the kingdom a sovereign state, with the first king, Reqi Maniapoto, a veteran of the invasion of Waikato became king and head of the house of Maniapoto.