Ko Huiarau Scam Alert
(posted in Te Putatara - 15 February 2000)


I've been watching Ko Huiarau for years, and getting reports from all around the motu, as they've moved into various hapu, and started spinning their fabulous fantasies.

Ko Huiarau is a cult, a con, and an enormous scam.

They claim to be in the business of tino-rangatiratanga, or sovereignty, but they most definitely are not.

In the beginning it seemed to be mostly the guy who calls himself Ko Te Riria V, and his advisor David Simmons, and they slowly gathered around them gullible people from all over the motu, including a couple from my hapu. Some of their claims came to light in the book "Maori Tattoo" that the two of them collaborated in writing.

They claimed that Ko Te Riria V was descended from Ko Te Riria Waikato (Tairea) Whakaherehere, whom they claimed was the paramount chief of the United Tribes of New Zealand. They claimed also that in 1988 Ko Te Riria V inherited the mantle of paramount chief of the United Tribes of New Zealand (Te Ariki Taiopuru Ko Huiarau).

What alerted me in the first place to their nonsense was their false claim that this fabulous Ko Te Riria Waikato was the Waikato who signed the Treaty of Waitangi on 24 June 1840. But it was actually Hoani Waikato from our iwi, Ngai Te Whatuiapiti, who signed it in the company of his whanaunga Te Hapuku and Harawira Mahikai.

Over more recent years Mary Forbes has come to prominence. Mary Forbes is sometimes described as 'the only tikanga Maori lawyer' and a fully qualified lawyer who spent 7 years studying to gain her qualification. However the NZ Law Society don't have her registered. Could be from overseas perhaps. Maybe.

At this time my only other information about Mary Forbes is that in the late 80s or early 90s she was employed by the now defunct Tamaki Maori Development Authority in Auckland. At that time she didn't show much interest at all in matters Maori. She had at that time a Pakeha tane. I understand that they might now be married.

[Mary Mahinarangi Forbes, PO Box 68 645, Newton, Auckland. Email mmforbes@ihug.co.nz
Note : real name is Mary Christina Forbes]

It was this Pakeha fellow who introduced Piri Tomlins to the Tamaki Authority. Piri is a whanaunga of mine who lives in Australia. He's an accomplished con-man and crook. He makes the most outrageous claims I've ever heard, before Ko Huiarau, and he's very successful at parting people from their cash. A real artist. At that time he took Tamaki for $10,000.00.

They have recently held elections for their "Parliament" which is meeting sometime early in March, in Auckland. I believe.

There is apparently a wananga coming up on 18th February which is only for those who have been elected to the actual parliament. However they are being promised a salary of $88,000, of which $20,000 is to be spent on a secretary. I believe that the members who were elected to the various rohe will get a salary of $48,000 - or so the story goes.

They seem to show up whenever a hapu or other group is preparing a claim to the Waitangi Tribunal, or whenever there might be money around. One of their methods is to select a "mark", tell him that his tipuna was a leading rangatira in the old Ko Huiarau, and convince him that he is now the big cheese, inheriting the mana from his tipuna.

Then they fill the "marks" head with all their false historical rubbish. And promises of riches to come for the people. They make outrageous claims about the amount of funding they can access from offshore. We have checked with some of their supposed funders, who have never heard of them.

This bears all the hallmarks of the big con. The bigger and more outrageous the lies, the bigger and more outrageous the con.

Our people always fall for the con artist. It's a combination of ignorance and greed, the promise of mana and riches, or of being involved in saving the people. People just want to believe, and they get taken every time. I've known some highly educated people who should know better get taken by con-men (and women).

When they get hold of this they'll make all sorts of counter-claims, they'll attempt to discredit me, and maybe issue a few threats. That should flush them out.


The fabulous and mythical claims of

Ko Huiarau

the cult that claims to be the
Maori Parliament 1808-1947 (reopened in 1997)

and that also claims to be:


More (mis)information from the "Ko Huiarau Archives"
(like all such misinformation there is here a baseline of actual historical events, overlaid with elements of pure fantasy. Passages of text that are pure fantasy, or largely fantasy, are highlighted in red)


Significant events affecting the Maori nation leading up to 1840.

1780's - Whalers and Sealers require the tall straight kauri and kahiketea trees seen from the shores of Aotearoa to replace their broken and damaged ship masts. Negotiations take place with local Maori. (Native Trade)

Late 1780's - With the increase of Whalers and Sealers around the shores of Aotearoa, the attraction and need for timber spars for ship masts become greater. Trading on a regular basis begin with local Maori for this sought after commodity and the industry of ship building is instigated. Maori being natural sea farers learn the art of ship building. (Native Industry)

- Flax becomes another important requirement for the ship building industry for the manufacturing of rope. trade increases for local Maori.

- Local Maori begin charging dues to visiting foreign vessels by way of exchange of goods in return for landing on shore for water and provisions. (Native Customs)

- A transport service for passengers and goods is provided by local Maori to foreign visitors by waka from ship to shore and along waterways, in return for goods or currency. (Native Couriers)

1800 - Increase of foreign vessels from Europe visiting Aotearoa. Various currencies used as trade with local Maori for resources and provisions. (Native Sharemarket)

- Treaty taonga gifted to Taiopuru from foreign sovereign countries in exchange for trade. (International Contractual treaties)

- Shared concern throughout Te Moananui a Kiwa regarding the increase of foreign visitors and the threat of their lands and resources being violated.

1808 - Plans made to safeguard resources. the Taiopuru lines decide to amalgamate as one people and arranged marriages of these lines are instigated to bring the bloodlines together as one. (Unity of Maori Nation)

- The exchange of treaty taonga begin between different countries of the Pacific and the amalgamation of "Te Moananui a Kiwa" to protect each others mana and property rights against all foreign powers. (League of Nations by Contractual Treaties)

1808 - First bank in Aotearoa set up Kororareka, Bay of Islands in 1808 is a Maori bank called "Te Whare Awaroa". The necessity of a bank is instigated by the need for a safe place to house foreign currency, treasures and goods. All of which are realised as for further use as trading commodities. (Native Bank)

- Maori Parliament set up for council amongst the taiopuru, ariki and rangatira to plan and set policies for the welfare of hapu / iwi due to the rapid changes effecting their life styles with the introduction of foreigners and international trade. (Native Parliament)

1816 - The formation of the "United Tribes of Ko Huiarau", whom swore an allegiance under "HERETI" or the "cast knot" of the Taiopuru, that all tribes will protect each other from having their mana trampled on by another tribe. "The chiefs of the assembly are bound by the law under tikanga that no tribe must trample r denigrate the mana of another tribe or its chief, such an act will result in utu or muru." (Protection of Intellectual Property Rights)

1820 - Hongi Hika meets with King George IV of England.

1820-1830 Export of timber spars and flax from Aotearoa increase, especially to England and Europe. France offer the Taiopuru French manufactured ships as trade for timber spars.

1831 - Taiopuru ship seized in West Indies.

1832 - A delegation of ariki travels to England and meets with King William IV, as a consequence a flag is gifted to the Taiopuru in return for trade and in recognition of the Maori nation being its own sovereign state. This flag, once designed and adopted by the ariki and when carried on Taiopuru ships entitles entry and free access to every British port throughout the world under the protection of King Henry VIII Charter. (A Sovereign Nation trading internationally)

1832 - King William IV instructs his Vice Admiral stationed in the East Indies to recognise this flag as the flag of a sovereign state and that vessels carrying these colours will no longer be liable to seizure and for the confiscated ship to be returned to the Maori nation. compensation of a gold bangle and four bags of diamonds accompanied the return of the ship. (Agreements at Crown level)

Further Precautions taken by Ko Huiarau to Secure the Independence of the Maori Nation

1841 - The Declaration of Independence taken under a Covenant of the Treaty of Waitangi.

1844 - Acceptance and approval to be caretaker of the original Treaty of Waitangi written in the Maori language in vegetable dye on pre European dogskin. This Treaty carries the wax seals of Her Majesty Queen Victoria on behalf of the Crown of England, the Taiopuru Waikato Tairea on behalf of the Crown of the Maori Nation and Governor Hobson.

Acceptance by the Taiopuru Waikato Tairea of "Te Awaranginui O Mokai" from Her Majesty Queen Victoria. This tokotoko is the authority for the Maori nation to access the "Free Carriage of Westminster", if Her Colonial Government was found guilty of injustices to the Maori nation.

1852 - Imperial Act of Queen Victoria 1852.
After hearing the concerns of the ariki of Ko Huiarau of evidence that Her Colonial Government were beginning to breach the stipulations of the Declaration of Independence and the Treaty of Waitangi, Queen Victoria instructed Her government to insert an Imperial Act into the New Zealand Constitution of 1852 which empowered the Maori nation to enact Laws in respect of their own properties.

Whereas under the Treaty of Waitangi, one thousand eight hundred and forty, one thousand eight hundred and fifty two, intitulated "the Constitution Act of New Zealand," it was provided that the laws, customs, and usages of the inhabitants of New Zealand, so far as the same are not repugnant to the general principles of humanity, should be maintained for the government of themselves in all their relations to and dealings with each other, and that particular districts should be set apart within which such laws, customs, or usages should be observed: that it shall be lawful for Her Majesty, by any letters patent to be issued under the Great Seal of the United Kingdom, from time to time to make provisions for the purposes aforesaid, any repugnancy of any such native laws, customs, or usages to the law of England, or to any law, statute, or usage in force in New Zealand or in any part thereof in anywise not withstanding:

1860 - The Covenant of Kohimarama. Queen Victoria instructs governor Gore- Brown on behalf of herself to meet with the ariki and rangatira at Kohimarama to confirm and maintain the stipulations of the Treaty of Waitangi inviolate. She gave Her confirmation that all Governors were instructed to watch over the interests and promote the advancement of her subjects without distinction of race.

1864 - To seal the contract, a child is gifted to Queen Victoria in England as acceptance of the Covenant of Kohimarama by the Taiopuru. the child, Albert Victor Pomare remains in England and is accepted by Queen Victoria as her godson. His descendants continue to be the living evidence of the contract between two Crowns.

Te Runanga Ko Huiarau

History of Taonga to visit Okoroire
on Sunday 20th March 1997

1. Te Tiriti o Waitangi "Mandate"

A Photographed Certification of the original Sovereign Te Tiriti o Waitangi made from pre European dog skin and written in the Maori language with vegetable dye, is the only Treaty witnessing the Sovereign seals of Queen Victoria on behalf of the 'Crown of England' and Waikato Tairea on behalf of the 'crown of the Maori Nation' and Governor Hobson on behalf of the 'Colonial Government of New Zealand'. The Treaty was sent to England after 1840 with the Seal of the Taiopuru Waikato Tairea, including the signature of Governor Hobson and the signature of the witness to Governor Hobson's signature. It was returned to New Zealand by command of H.R.H Queen Victoria in 1844 via the Flagship the "Herald" with Queen Victoria's Seal attached and presented to Waikato Tairea at Mahia on the East Coast under three consecutive twenty one gun salutes by the "Herald" and its accompanying ships the "Penguin" and the "Alligator", therefore completing the partnership of the Tiriti o Waitangi at Sovereign level. Another contractual treaty from H.R.H Queen Victoria accompanied the Treaty of Waitangi being "Te Awaranginui o Mokoia" or "The Free Carriage of Westminster".

2. Te Awaranginui o Mokoia 'Talking Stick'

In 1832 Te Awaranginui o Mokoia was gifted to H.R.H King William IV of England by Waikato Tairea o Ko Huiarau as a Contractual Treaty. This was in acceptance of the flag gifted by King William IV in recognition of the Maori Nation being its own Sovereign State and the protection this flag authorised under the Charter of King Henry VIII, allowing all Taiopuru ships free access to every British Port throughout the World for trade. Te Awaranginui o Mokoia gave King William IV the authority to speak and apply law to all British subjects visiting and residing within Aotearoa. In 1844 and after the Treaty of Waitangi was completed, King William's daughter H.R.H Queen Victoria gifted Te Awaranginui o Mokoia back to the Taiopuru Waikato Tairea as a Contractual treaty, thus returning the honour to the Maori Nation the authority to access and speak through the "free Carriage of Westminster" directly to the Crown of England.

3. Te Kohititanga o te Koroiti ko Tama te Ao Marama "Belt"

Te Kohititanga o te Koroiti ko Tama te Ao Marama or the ancient belt, depicts the whakapapa from Io, the migration and the joining of the different tribal lines. The whakapapa includes the uniting of the seven main tribal areas and the two parts of 'Hereti'. From Okoroire and north to the tip of the North Island is known as "Ko tera taha ko porewa Ko Huiarau" (Te Porewa being the sacred korowai of Raukawa). From Okoroire and south to the tip of the Stewart Island is known as "Ko tene taha Ko Huiarau". The area from Okoroire to Mokoia Island represents the sacred knot of Hereti, the tying together of the United Tribes.

4. Turongo Patuonewa 'Patu'

Turongo Patuonewa, the personal patu once belonging to the Tainui chief Torongo, the father of Raukawa. On the eve of the coronation of Waikato Tairea in 1808 and the uniting of the seven main tribal areas, Turongo Patuonewa was placed in a basket and submerged in the sacred spring at Okoroire. At the dawn ceremony the following morning Waikato Tairea was anointed with the water from this spring before Turongo Patuonewa was removed. From 1808, the water from the spring at Okoroire has continued to be used for all anointing of Taiopuru lines, even though the ceremonies were held later at Te Awaranginui o Mokoia (Mokoia Island).

5. Ko te Iripiri Ko Tama 'Adze'

Ko te Iripiri ko Tama or the sacred adze plays a similar role as a 'Royal Mace' does in other Sovereign nations, whereby the adze is handed down to each successor on the death of a Taiopuru. Traditionally Ko te Iripiri ko Tama was made for Reti, brother to Kupe, 26 generations from the present holder, Ko Te Riria. When one Taiopuru passes on, the haft or handle is cut off after twelve months has passed and buried with the bones of the previous Taiopuru. Another handle is carved and strapped to the adze for the life time of the next installed Taiopuru.

6. Maori Sovereign Flag

In 1831, King William IV gifted a flag to Waikato Tairea in recognition of the Aotearoa being its own Sovereign State. This flag is also the authority of the Crown of England's protection of the Maori Nation under King Henry VIII Charter, allowing all Taiopuru ships free access to every British Port through out the world for trade. the Maori Sovereign flag eventually arrived in Aotearoa in 1834 and gifted to Waikato Tairea at Mahia, East Coast, accompanied by a twenty one gun salute and later at Waitangi (Where the Treaty was signed later) followed by another twenty one gun salute in recognition of Maori Sovereignty.


TE MOANANUI A KIWA: "Whaka Ahua Te Ao Marama" or the Sacred Mirror Triangle of Te Moananui A Kiwa is from Ancient Maori dimensions of the heavens and corresponds exactly with Ancient Hawaiian and Tahitian dimensions. Te Moananui A Kiwa encompasses all countries within the triangles.

The Middle triangle outlines the Genetic Bank of Te Moananui A Kiwa where sea-life regenerates.


The 60 odd countries marked below are the countries Ko Huiarau hold Treaty taonga with in trade. These taonga represent Contractual treaties and still exist today.

1. Sweden
2. Russia
3. Scotland
4. England
5. Holland
6. Poland
7. Germany
8. Romania
9. Austria
10. France
11. Spain
12. Portugal
13. Italy
14. Greece
15. Morocco
16. Senegal
17. Nigeria
18. Egypt
19. Arabia
20. Nigeria
21. Sudan
22. Ethiopia
23. South Africa
24. Afghanistan
25. India
26. Burma
27. Mongolia
28. China
29. Thailand
30. Cambodia
31. Jakarta
32. Taiwan
33. Japan
34. Guam
35. Philippines
36. Timor
37. New Guinea
38. Australia
39. Fiji
40. Fed States of Micronesia
41. Marshall Islands
42. Nauru
43. Tuvatu
44. Solomon Islands
45. Vanuatu
46. New Caledonia
47. Tonga
48. Samoa
49. Cook Islands
50. Kiribati
51. Kiritamati
52. Hereheretue
53. Rapanui
54. Hawaii
55. United States
56. Canada
57. Peru
58. Tahiti
59. Norfolk Is

Taiopuru Colours

Aotearoa's giant pre historic eagle, the largest in the world, had a wing span of up to 22ft and was capable of striking down adult Moa. Both birds now extinct, only existed in Aotearoa.

- Red, white, blue and gold are the taiopuru colours originally taken from the pre historic Eagle at left.

- Prior to the gifting of the Maori Sovereign flag in 1832, the taiopuru ships carried its own colours made from muka (fine flax) dyed in the above colours.

- The Union Steam Shop Company on its arrival in Aotearoa were given these colours to carry on their ships to enable them free access to all free landing places throughout Aotearoa and Te Moananui A Kiwa by authority of the taiopuru, in return the tiapura received free cargo and passenger service. - The Union Steam Ship Co became Shaw Savill and now P + O Shipping Lines. This Co. still carries the taiopuru colours as above!


1832 to 1861
ORIGINAL FLAG: Red St George Cross with black border on white background. Top left, red St George Cross on blue background pierced with four white stars.

In return for trade, a flag was gifted to the Maori nation in 1832 by King William IV of England in recognition of Aotearoa being its own sovereign State, thus allowing taiopuru ships to trade and free access to every British port world wide under King Henry VIII Charter.

Black border replaced by white.

According to the Kaupapa of Ko Huiarau, Taranaki Maori requested their input into the design of the Maori Sovereign flag and in 1861 the black border was replaced by a white border indicating the white feather worn by Taranaki.


8 POINT STAR: Represents Maori Sovereign, the Taiopuru, Te Aneu & Te Anu.

7 POINT STAR: Represents the Ariki and the Confederation of Chiefs of the United Tribes.

6 POINT STAR: Represents the Awaroa Waka - Native Navy, Awaroa Ehoia - Native Military & Awaroa Ehoia Herewhere - Prison Officers.

5 POINT STAR: Represents Nga Iwi Ko Huiarau.


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