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Sussex Duke and Duchess have been welcome to New Zealand with a traditional Maori greeting.
They performed a hongi, where they touched the noses and pans with the maori ages when they came to the country ̵
1; the last stop on their 16-day tour.
Harry and Meghan were greeted with a powhiri – a ceremony that meant singing and dancing – in Wellington.
The incident at the Government House also saw that members of the New Zealand Defense Force perform a chin for the couple.
They were greeted at the airport by Prime Minister Jacinda Arden, who flies from Australia with the Kiwi Invictus team.
The couple then made their way to the governor-general of New Zealand Patsy Reddy for the reception.
Invictus Games 2018 had ended in Sydney last day with a closing ceremony, where both Meghan and Harry spoke.
After their arrival ceremony, their first engagement was a visit to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where they laid a wreath at the grave of the unknown war.
The park contains the British War Memorial, designed to show the tribes of Royal Oak and Pohutakawa trees intertwined to form a single canopy.
Back to the government’s house, they met with Arden and opposition leader Simon Bridges before an event to mark 125th anniversary of women’s voting rights in New Zealand.
The duchess had a necklace with a traditional Maori design.  Image copyright
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In a speech on the right to vote, Meghan said that the women who fought for the move were “universally admired”.
New Zealand was the first country in the world to vote for women.
She added: “I look forward to this special occasion, I reflected on the importance of this achievement, but also the greater impact of what this symbolizes.”
“Because yes – women’s voting is about feminism but feminism is about justice.”
Visits to Auckland and Rotorua will also be included in New Zealand’s leg of their tour before leaving on Thursday to return to Britain.
Their marathon trip has also seen them visit Fiji and Tonga.