Kiingi Tuheitia, is the seventh Maori monarch. He is the eldest son of the late Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu and Whatumoana Paki. He was crowned at Ngaaruawaahia on 21 August 2006. King Tuheitia is married to Atawhai and has three children: Whatumoana (Te Whirinaki a te Kiingi), Korotangi and Ngawai Hono I Te Po.
Each year, Kiingi Tuheitia attends hundreds of events in his role as head of the Kiingitanga. The King also lends his support and patronage to a great many organisations that work for the betterment of Maaori in the Waikato and around the country. Kiingi Tuheitia is patron of 25 national organisations, and appoints trustees, representatives and chairpersons to a number of others. The significance of the Kiingitanga as a powerful unifying force and link to the past has been acknowledged by these organisations at the governance (board) level by allowing for the appointment of a Kiingitanga representative.
Annually, the King, or his representative, will travel on average 110,000kms around Aotearoa/New Zealand and attend dozens of hui and other meetings. He will attend 29 Poukai throughout the motu; He hosts the Tuurangawaewae Regatta in March, the week-long Koroneihana (Coronation) celebrations in August, and, in January makes the pilgrimage to Ratana celebrations in Whanganui.
The King receives and hosts an average of nine diplomatic courtesy calls per month and attends civic functions throughout Aotearoa/New Zealand. Internationally, the King travels three times a year to attend functions and hui that foster and maintain global relationships.