King Tuheitia has been overwhelmed with an outpouring of aroha and support since news of his admission to hospital leaked out.
The family and the Kiingitanga would like to thank the nation for their well wishes.
After becoming unwell during the night of 24 August, Kiingi Tuheitia was admitted to Waikato Hospital in some discomfort.
After a thorough examination it can be confirmed that he did not suffer a heart attack.
His symptoms were consistent with the diabetes-related ailments for which he has been undergoing treatment over the past 12 months.
His health specialists will run a series of tests, which will require him to remain in Waikato Hospital for at least another week, possibly longer.
To the rangatira of the motu, to the kaumaatua of Waikato and beyond, to all those thinking of him, he wishes to allay any undue fears over this latest setback in his ongoing recovery.
He is grateful for receiving the very best treatments available and intends to return to official duties as soon as he is able.
The family and the Kiingitanga are asking for privacy during this time.
No further comment will be made beyond this statement.
Contact: Tukoroirangi Morgan 021 791 446