Topic: Entertainment

Royal visit with the Kingitanga amazes foreign media

By Harata Brown
  • Waikato/Bay of Plenty

The Royal Tour stopped in at Tūrangawaewae Marae today, the home of the King Movement, where all its splendour was put on display for the world to see.

The Royal House of Windsor, meets The Royal House of Te Wherowhero.

Foreign media couldn't get enough of the Tainui warriors who greeted the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with a traditional challenge and welcome.

Susanne Gelhard from ZFT German TV was mesmerised by the warriors, “Well I just loved it, I loved the strong Māori men, and it was really really exotic.”

“The energy, the motion coming off them and it was quite poignant and moving as well. It had all that physicality” says royal correspondent Allan Jones from the European Press Assn.

Even Robert Jobson from the London Evening Standard was excited about the occasion, “I’m sure it would’ve been a fine sight for the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, I think the Duchess of Cornwall hasn't seen anything quite like that.”

A special solute by His Royal Highness was offered to the five flotilla of traditional Maori war canoes, paddling along Waikato.

Young Māori Prince Whatumoana, son of Māori King Tuheitia was tasked with escorting the couple. A special relationship between both Maori and British Monarchy's forged by King Tuheitia's late mother, Dame Te Atairangi Kaahu who became friends with Queen Elizabeth II. 

The spokesman for King Tuheitia, Tukoroirangi Morgan wasn't shy to point out the grave history of land confiscations between The Crown and the people of Tainui.

But Morgan was hopeful that the same friendship seen between Monarchies will continue.