Prince Harry embraces kaupapa Māori on NZ tour

Prince Harry performs the haka with the NZ Defence Force

The involvement and enthusiasm of visiting royal Prince Harry in kaupapa Māori on his tour in New Zealand has drawn praise across the country.

Today Prince Harry will be welcomed onto Pūtiki Marae in Whanganui and join the kaihoe of the Marae waka for a short journey up the Whanganui river.

The haka he performed with the New Zealand Defence Force yesterday has made national and international headlines and the video of his performance has gone viral online.

No doubt the event will go down in history as he is the first member of the royal family to learn and perform a haka.

A 20 minute practise prior to the performance was closed off to media at Linton Military Camp and when he emerged and performed, his concentration and focus on the actions and movements of the haka was evident.

While at the military camp he also got hands on experience at lifting a hangi and participated in a touch game with children from Linton Camp School.

Prince Harry's military career stretches back to when he took up officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 2005. He successfully completed a 44-week training course as an Officer Cadet, before being commissioned in April 2006 as a Second Lieutenant in the Household Cavalry (Blues and Royals). From 2007-2008 he served for 77 days in Helmand, Afghanistan.

The video of the haka performed yesterday can be viewed below.