King Movement

The Maori King Movement or Kingitanga arose among some of the Maori tribes of New Zealand in the central North Island in the 1850s. It established a role similar in status to that of the monarch of the colonising people, the British, as a way of halting the alienation of Maori land. Today, the Maori monarch is a non-constitutional role with no legal power from the perspective of the New Zealand government. Reigning monarchs retain the position of paramount chief of several important tribes and wield some power over these, especially within the Tainui iwi. (Wikipedia)