Prayers for Māori King ahead of kidney transplant

RADIO NEW ZEALAND |  Mihingarangi Forbes

The Kāhui Wairua, a group of the Māori King's spirtual advisors, has performed prayers over the Māori monarch and his son Korotangi before the pair are admitted to a private hospital for a kidney transplant.

Kiingi Tuheitia making his annual speech at Turangawaewae Photo: RNZ / Shannon Haunui-Thompson

Kiingi Tuheitia Paki will receive his son Korotangi's kidney in coming days after three years of preparation for the life-changing operation.

His personal advisor and spokesperson for the Office of the King Rangi Whakaruru said there had been a lot of preparation ahead of the surgery for the seventh Māori monarch and one of his successors.

Mr Whakaruru said for the past year Korotangi had been committed and at the ready to do whatever he can for his father.

"There has been numerous testing around his compatibility, the organ compatibility. They've got a unique blood type so that was a positive tick. Korotangi in that sense parked his life up for the last eight months and stood in readiness."Continue reading 
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