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Helen De La La Helen Koutoua says “Please make sure that you are wearing your plastic tiara when you are adressing his majesty and that consort woman.”

Want a chat with the Maori King? OK, but make it snappy
By Yvonne Tahana
Thursday May 19, 2011

Want to meet the Maori King at the grand ball? Women should wear tiaras and avoid trousers – and, please, speak to him politely for only a couple of minutes.

King Tuheitia’s chief of protocol, Helen Kotua, has issued detailed sartorial instructions and even specific questions guests should pose when they meet him at a Grand Ball at Turangawaewae Marae in August.

“The Dress code is Strict to all guests. For the Gentlemen, it is Evening Tails, Regalia, Decorations and Miniatures. For the Ladies, Gown’s [sic], decorations, miniatures & Tiara’s [sic], no Slacks or Trousers,” says the protocol guide.

“I do reiterate this dress code and beseech you to be respectful of this occasion.”

Guests are encouraged to lead conversation, although it should be kept to only two subjects, and people should ask only polite questions, keeping the whole encounter to one or two minutes maximum.

Examples of “acceptable questions” are also given and relate to whether the King might be enjoying the evening, or congratulating him for the event.

If invitees to the ball – which the Herald understands is to be held at annual coronation commemorations in August – can’t meet the sartorial standards, they should “gracefully decline” the invitation.

King Tuheitia’s public image has been of a humble man who once turned up to an interview in his favourite fishing vest.

A former truck driver who is a rugby league lover and kapa haka fan, he mows his own lawns.

But the protocol guide makes clear his status to any guest wanting to meet him or his wife, “consort” Atawhai Paki.

Ms Paki should be addressed as “madam”, Ms Kotua writes.

“When referring to The King, ‘The King’ is fine, though if you want to be certain of being polite I would recommend that you say at least once ‘Your Majesty’.”

One Kingitanga source called the guide an “insult” to followers, as Ms Kotua was not raised in the Kingitanga movement.

There were also concerns that Ms Kotua was giving airs and graces to the King, possibly without his knowledge.

The Herald understands no such written guideline existed for Tuheitia’s mother, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu.

Ms Kotua declined to comment yesterday.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. he oranga
    May 28, 2011 @ 08:11:04

    helen kotua alias dahlala whakaruru is a ar…….se hole, no nothing maori, duped the maori queen te atairangikaahu where is the kaumatua with balls.
    the maori king-never goes to be visit or see his father, locked her home[turongo house]out, nevers to help his invalid sister, sacked his brotherfrom the kings office. as for the consort weeelll!!!!!!shame, all former kings had dignity 7 consorts humble


  2. Kingi Pakaru
    Jun 11, 2011 @ 22:19:55

    His brother was tryin to keep it real but the Burger King and da fool stilll want to play pretend!!! SAd Sad Sad


    Aug 04, 2011 @ 06:34:53

    STOP THINKING TO PAKEHAISH HELEN! A Ball is to mingle wth the King nt just a quick slang. ”Evnng your Majesty” and thats it. What if its all to boring for the man and he starts breaking the rules. You gona tell him of Helen? And wots wth the invites? You hve to be a higher up person who hasnt been there for the kingitanga to be accepted? Tell ya alot be hiring there gear to look the part.. Oops! And Is it ok to smoke in ur gown and Tux.. Ive greeted the king and he rigged of it.. And mntion fresh breath wen addressing him.. Wot Ever! Maori are not easy to instuct to ur Rules sorry.. And heres the Kings Slang.. ”If you dont like it well get the ”F” out of here!


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