local greetings

A hongi is a traditional Māori greeting in New Zealand.

You do it by pressing your nose and forehead (at the same time) to another person’s

It’s used at traditional meetings among Māori people and on major ceremonies

A hongi is kind of like a formal handshake in modern western culture

And sometimes you do a hongi and a handshake together

In the hongi the ha, or breath of life, is exchanged and intermingled

This is Dad with one of our security boys here in NZ, Malcolm

It’s pretty special, when one of the locals choose to greet or say goodbye to you with a hongi

More proof that the Kiwis sure do love Dad

I think I should totally leave him here

As a gift, for the people

You can thank me later MUM New Zealand



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