Meghan and Harry’s Extraordinary Welcome in Rotorua
Meghan wore Stella McCartney for today’s visit to Te Papaiouru Marae for a formal pōwhiri and luncheon in honor of the Duke and Duchess.
It was a simply beautiful day in Rotorua as children awaited Meghan and Harry’s arrival.
— Sarah Greenhalgh (@GreenhalghSarah) October 30, 2018
From The Mirror’s story:
The couple were presented with traditional cloaks as they arrived at Ohinemutu, Rotorua, for a Pōwhiri welcoming ceremony and lunch.
The Māori cloaks look incredible.
A closer view of Meghan’s cloak.
More from 9Honey Australia:
Meghan Markle follows in Royal tradition! She’s been given a woven Korowai (Mãori cloak) to wear while attending a pōwiri. All the cloaks are personalised, with Meghan’s containing blue and gold inspired by the couple’s coat of arms.
Thank you for the beautiful cloak you have so kindly gifted to myself and The Duchess. We appreciate the skill of the weavers who made it, and the aroha that has gone into its creation. This cloak is a taonga that will be cherished in our family.
The Daily Mirror’s royal correspondent, Russell Myers, shared a video of the Pōwhiri, a Māori welcoming ceremony with dances, singing and speeches.
— Russell Myers (@rjmyers) October 30, 2018
It was a remarkable sight.
An incredible performance by the Te Arawa people honoring the couple.
An amazing memory from the final day of an extraordinary trip.
Many noticed the stunning green piece Meghan is wearing.
It is a Pounamu Kouma made of New Zealand jade by renowned Māori designer Kiri Nathan. The designer says “The Kouma represents Strength, Integrity & Authority, cut from a Kawakawa variety of Authentic Ngāi Tahu Pounamu.” The piece was carved by the artist’s husband, Jason Nathan.
Both Harry and Meghan were given one as a gift by Governor-General Patsy Reddy.
After spending time meeting many of those gathered for today’s events, it was time to take off the Korowai (cloaks).
Meghan’s Maori cloak is removed (and Harry’s too) as they visit the kitchens and are given a private lunch. pic.twitter.com/Iv9mFGpwIa
— Emily Andrews (@byEmilyAndrews) October 31, 2018
More about today’s visit from the New Zealand Herald:
Te Arawa, the tribe which hosts the Duke and Duchess of Sussex today, says the couple’s choice to visit Rotorua is of huge cultural significance to Māori.
Sir Toby Curtis, spokesman for Te Arawa, says the visit allows the tribe to extend its manaakitanga (respect/generosity/care) to the royal couple, and with the resulting global interest, allows the world to experience the unique hospitality and warmth of the tribe.
The duchess is a role model for Māori he says. “She has shown you can succeed, make a difference and be your own person while also celebrating your heritage. This inspires us all.
“The duchess’ presence in the royal family has made us feel even closer to the monarchy, as she brings a fresh perspective and diversity. She has been very active in her positive promotion of women and this is motivating for the indigenous women of Aotearoa.”
A closer look.
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Meghan wore a Stella McCartney dress that looks like it might be a custom piece. It has some elements of the Asymmetric Crepe Dress; a past season piece on eBay; and a Long-Sleeved Side-Pleat Gown. Thank you to Elizabeth of Meghan’s Fashion for tips on two of the styles shown above.
The Manolo Blahnik BB heels were back.
And Meghan wore her Boh Runga earrings that were a gift from Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
She also had on her lapel size Poppy pin.
Meghan’s hair was
partially all up, with thanks to Natalie, Mae, Brianna & Tessa for much-needed clarification!
We hope to update later, but want to get this published so we can start the next post on the big Rotorua walkabout!