New Zealand Maori Queen on dialysis

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Friday, January 6, 2006

The New Zealand Maori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu is undergoing dialysis treatment the Tainui Tribe confirmed today.

The Queen's condition is not believed to be critical, and plans for the celebration in May of her fortieth coronation anniversary continue. Taini Rutene; Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu private secretary says "Dame Te Ata is undergoing medical treatment for a long-standing illness. There is no immediate concern."

According to Wikipedia, dialysis is a method for removing waste such as urea from the blood when the kidneys are incapable of this.

The Maori Queen holds no constitutional function in New Zealand, but Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu is an avid supporter of cultural and sporting events.