Kua hau ngā rongo o Kingi Kiriona (nō Ngāti Ruanui, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Apa) mō āna titonga waiata, mo āna mahi whaikōrero me āna mahi a Rēhia anō hoki. I puta tuatahi ai tōna rongonui i te wā e kuraina tonutia ana ia, ka eke ia ki ngā taumata whakaihuwaka o ngā whakataetae Manu Kōrero mō te wāhanga reo Māori me te wāhanga reo Pākeha. Ko taua momo rā i kawea atu e ia ki ngā whakataetae kapa haka ā-rohe tatū atu ki Te Matatini.
Ngā waiata a te kaitito
Tahu Pōtiki! Tō reo tāiri rā runga Aoraki
Te tiapu ki ngā wai papa pounamu o Arahura
Hura mai ko te rau tāwhiriwhiri a Ngahue...haere tonu
E Te Pouaka Whakaata Māori!
Kāore koa taku hōhā
Te kūhīhī nei i roto i ahau
Ka ngau ki taku puku, a haha!
Kua rongo rānei koe?haere tonu
Kua wehe atu tana wahine
Kei te mahi tarau makere
Kua rongo rānei koe?
Te Ōhākī o Wiremu Tāmehana
Te ōhākī o Wiremu Tāmehana
I tutuki i a Tupu Taingākawa
Ko Kīngi Mahuta kei tōna māhunga
5 Tana tī kōuka kei Rukumoana
Ehara! He tī e wana ake;
Ka wana mai ko Tarapīpipi
I kāwhakina e Kīngi Korokī
Ki runga Taupiri moenga ariki
10 Wāhia te tūngaroa o te whare
Ka puta tokotoru ture tapu e
Ko Taawhe he tangata whakapono
Te Waharoa he tangata whakairo
Ko Tahiwaru he tangata hūmārie
15 Ngā pou o roto he māhoe, he patatē
Ko Ranginui te piki tūranga
Ka riro ki a Waikato te torona
Engari anō te whakawahi Kīngi e
20 Kei runga i ahau pakaru noa e
Ka pakaru mai a Koro Wiripoai
Nō reira rā Papa Ānaru
Kei ō ringa te mana me te tapu
Kia kaha rā Ngāti Hauā
25 Ngā kaitiaki o te tumuakitanga
Te ōhākī o Wiremu Tāmehana
Kei Rukumoana, kei taku manawa
In February 2011, we were fortunate to be escorted by Waikato’s ‘Kingmaker’ Ānaru Tāmehana into what is believed to be Māoridom’s first parliament building, Te Kauwhanganui. This building stands a few metres away from our home marae of Rukumoana, and access is granted to but a few.
Upon entering its doors, one of the most noticeable features was the line of photographs of the Kingmaker’s predecessors, which graced the wall of Te Kauwhanganui’s main house. That was where the idea was born to compose a song that commemorates this illustrious line of leaders. Moreover, we recognised that in spite of the plethora of waiata written about the line of Māori monarchs, it seemed that there were very few, if any, about the line of Kingmakers from Rukumoana whose responsibility it is to crown the next monarch.
The information in this waiata was provided by kaumātua, Rubel Rāpana. It traces the line of Kingmakers, all the way back to Wiremu Tāmehana, who crowned the first Māori king Pōtatau Te Wherowhero.
 According to Ngāti Hauā, when the third Māori king Mahuta passed away, the Kingmaker at the time – Tupu Taingākawa – requested that a memorial be erected in his name. The wife of King Mahuta, Te Marae, responded by asking where the memorial should be erected. Tupu answered ‘put it on my head’. Not long after, Tupu passed away, and in accordance with his request, a statue of King Mahuta was built on top of his final resting place at Rukumoana, where it remains today.
 Taken from a quote by Tupu, which reads: ‘Waikato, take what you want. But as for the role of Kingmaker, that will remain here with me until it is broken’.