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Royals Harry and Meghan arrive in New Zealand for a 4-day tour



The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were greeted with a traditional Maori welcome on Sunday afternoon on the final leg of their 16-day tour of the South Pacific in New Zealand.

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan each played a "Hongi" with indigenous Maori elders, in which they squeezed noses to take a breath. They were greeted with traditional haka performances and 21 salute shots at Government House in the capital Wellington

The couple is planning four days in New Zealand where they will meet with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Trail-Walk in a national park, meet young people training, to be part of the film industry and visit a breeding ground for the national bird, the kiwi.

At Government House, a group of children met Harry and Meghan. Asked what sport they played, the children listed them: Cricket, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Basketball

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3-year-old from the Kairanga School in Palmerston North, said he had asked Harry if he heard that from Steven Adams, a New Zealand-born NBA player. He said Harry had no idea and obviously did not know much about basketball.

Minnie Newman, an 11-year-old from Kelburn Girl Guides, said she was impressed by Meghan.

"I love her dress and she was really pretty," Newman said. "She seems to be really nice and friendly and would be good for the kingship."

Greta Crowe, 11, said she told the couple that the best part of being a girls' guide was to meet them. She said, Harry replied, "What, waiting in the government house in the cold?" and the couple laughed.

Hundreds of people gathered in front of the barriers of the Pukeahu National War Memorial, hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple on their only public tour of the capital.

Harry and Meghan also came to Airplane earlier than a number of competitors returning from Sydney's Invictus Games, which Harry founded in 2014. The Games give sick and injured military personnel and veterans the opportunity to compete in sports such as wheelchair basketball.

As well as Australia and New Zealand, the couple has visited Fiji and Tonga on their tour.


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