The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have arrived in New Zealand with Prince George.They received an impressive Maori welcome.

The welcome was warm, even if the weather was anything but. Maoris dressed in nothing more than thongs and a fringe of grass around the waist braved miserable weather to give the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge a colourful official greeting to New Zealand on Monday.

The royal couple pressed noses with Maori leaders in the traditional hongi greeting and the Duke was confronted by a warrior who challenged him before deciding he had come in peace.

On the first day of their three-week tour of Australasia, the Duke and Duchess were driven from Wellington Airport to Government House, the official residence of New Zealand’s Governor-General, for a half-hour welcoming ceremony called a powhiri.

Following a haka powhiri, or welcome dance, similar to the war dance performed by the All Blacks rugby team before each match, the Duchess described the ceremony as “super” (Source)

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