The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex were welcomed into New Zealand with a traditional Maori welcome on Sunday afternoon on the final leg of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan performed a "hongi" with the indigenous Maori elders, in which they pressed their noses to share their breath. They were greeted with traditional haka performances and a salute of 21 shots at the Government House in the capital, Wellington.
The couple plans to spend four days in New Zealand, where they will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, stroll through a national park, meet with young people who will be part of the film industry and visit a kennel for national bird, the kiwi.
At the Government House, a group of children met Harry and Meghan. When asked what sports they practiced, the children listed them: cricket, rugby, hockey, basketball, basketball.
Nate Kearins, a 13-year-old boy from Kairanga School in Palmerston North, said he asked Harry if he had heard of Steven Adams, an NBA player born in New Zealand. He said Harry had no idea, and clearly he did not know much about basketball.
Minnie Newman, an 11-year-old girl from Kelburn Girl Guides, said she was impressed with Meghan.
"I love her dress and it was really pretty," Newman said. "She seems really nice and kind and would be good for royalty."
Greta Crowe, 11, said she told the couple that the best part of being a girls guide was getting to know them. She said that Harry replied: "What, waiting in the Government House in the cold?" and the couple laughed.
Hundreds of people gathered outside the barriers at the Pukeahu National War Memorial, hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple on their only public walk in the capital.
Harry and Meghan arrived earlier on the same plane as several competitors returning from the Invictus Games in Sydney, which Harry founded in 2014. The games provide sick and injured military and injured personnel with the opportunity to compete in sports such as basketball on a wheelchair. wheels.
In addition to Australia and New Zealand, the couple also visited Fiji and Tonga on their tour.