Royals Harry and Meghan name kiwi birds "gift" and "sneeze"

adminOctober 31, 2018

ROTORUA, New Zealand – Prince Harry and his wife Meghan examined the navel, nostrils and whiskers of New Zealand's flightless kiwi bird and named two chicks on the last day of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific.

The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex visited a kiwi nursery in the city of Rotorua on Wednesday and learned about the breeding program of threatened birds, which are considered national icons.

They gave the 3-day-old kiwi chickens indigenous Maori names: "Koha" means "gift" and "Tihei" means "sneeze", from Maori that says "tihei mauri ora" which means "the sneeze of life" or the right to speak. The names were gender neutral because their sexes have not yet been identified.

The couple also visited a meeting place of the Maoris or "marae", went for a public walk and walked through a redwood forest when they finally enjoyed the sunny weather after their stop in New Zealand had been previously moistened for the rain.

At Te Papaiouru Marae, the couple attended a formal welcome ceremony and lunch and each received a striking Maori mantle, or "Korowai."

Harry and Meghan arrived in New Zealand on Sunday after visiting Australia, Fiji and Tonga. During public walks they have been received by hundreds of enthusiastic fans.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said this week that there seems little interest in changing New Zealand from a constitutional monarchy that recognizes Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain as a republic.

"I do not pick up from the New Zealand public that this is a priority on their agenda. "This is an issue that they consider so important that we have to discuss it in the current environment of New Zealand," he said. "And I take my command of them."

On the trip, Meghan has shown that she is prepared to continue talking about feminist issues in her new role as a real member. In Wellington, she delivered a speech congratulating the country for becoming the first in the world to allow women to vote about 125 years ago.

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