Futurazzi | Māori Moment for William and Kate

Image credit: Tim Rooke

Here at Future-ish, we love when worlds collide. That's precisely what happened with Prince William and Princess Kate visited New Zealand in April 2014. Like many guests, William and Kate participated in a traditional Māori greeting ceremony, or pōwhiri. The cross-cultural exchange was particularly striking given the couple's Western attire juxtaposed with the traditional Māori attire which can include face and body tattoos and painting.

The ceremony included the hongi, a traditional Māori greeting in which participants presses noses and forheads together to exchange ha (the breath of life). Both Prince William and Princess Kate took part in the hongi with local Kaumatua (Elder), Lewis Moeau and others.

Image credit: Tim Rooke

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