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A Cheeky Moment on the Royal Tour

A Cheeky Moment on the Royal Tour

During a week of lows for the Royal family, Prince Charles has earnt the respect of the public as the longest-serving heir apparent and Prince of Wales in British history.

A Cheeky Moment on the Royal Tour

The Royal Tour of New Zealand has come to an end for Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, but not without a final cheeky moment in Kaikōura.

While the Duchess remained in Christchurch, visiting the Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Prince Charles was given a cultural welcome at Takahanga Marae and a tour of Kaikōura.

During the powhiri at the Takahanga Marae in Kaikōura, Prince Charles came close with a Maori warrior demonstrating his martial prowess with his lethal Taiaha, a traditional weapon. 

The powhiri is the ritual ceremony of encounter. Traditionally, the process served to discover whether the visiting parties were friend or foe, and so its origins lay partly in military necessity. As the ceremony progressed, and after friendly intent was established, it became a formal welcoming of guests (manuhiri) by the hosts (tangata Whenua).

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall were on an 8-day tour of New Zealand. It is their third joint visit to New Zealand and first in four years.

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