New Zealand in pictures: Gisborne

Shortly after we arrived in Gisbourne we were given a warm Marori welcome, known as a powhiri, at Whakato Marae, where we were invited to participate in the hongi – a traditional maori greeting where people press their noses together. The Maoris believe that during the hongi, the ‘ha’ (breath of life) is exchanged in a symbolic show of unity.

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