A traditional Maori welcome for the President

President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Dr Hiria Hape pressing their noses and clasping hands in the traditional Maori greeting known as the hongi during a ceremonial welcome outside Government House in Wellington yesterday. Dr Hape is the Government House k
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President Tony Tan Keng Yam and Dr Hiria Hape pressing their noses and clasping hands in the traditional Maori greeting known as the hongi during a ceremonial welcome outside Government House in Wellington yesterday.

Dr Hape is the Government House kuia, or female elder. Beside them, Mrs Mary Tan exchanged similar greetings with Mr Lewis Moeau, Government House kaumatua, or elder.

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