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Maori welcome for Royal couple

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New Zealand News | Monday April 7 2014 20:55

Prince William accepts a wero from a Maori warrior at Government House on Monday. (Getty Images)

Prince William accepts a wero from a Maori warrior at Government House on Monday. (Getty Images)


UPDATED 8.55pm: The Prime Minister's had his first brief words with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as the Royal Tour of New Zealand gets underway.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and baby Prince George are resting after flying in to the capital today.

John Key was among the dignitaries that greeted the royal couple when they arrived at Wellington airport earlier today

Mr Key spoke briefly with the Royal couple, though it seems there wasn't much to say.

"Hello," he said with a chuckle.

"I mean look, they were obviously really pleased to be here. They're really looking forward to their trip.

"I don't think their enthusiasm has been dampened at all by the fact that it was a little bit wet out on the tarmac."

Royals arrive to much fanfare

The Royal couple have arrived at Government House in Wellington.

Newstalk ZB reporter Kim Savage said there was a high profile delegation on hand to welcome the young royals to the country.

Prime Minister John Key, wife Bronagh, Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and the Governor-General's aid-de-camp Richard Walker were in attendance.

The Governor-General was at Government House ready to welcome them.

VIDEO: Royal welcome at Government House

Earlier, William and Catherine's arrival into Wellington was delayed by fog and the weather continued causing problems as they stepped off the plane, with Kate's skirt nearly being blown up by the infamous local wind.

Newstalk ZB reporter Laura McQuillan was there and said they were given a traditional Maori welcome at Wellington airport.

VIDEO: The Royals touch down in Wellington

There were performances by kapa haka groups from the Defence Force and nearby Rongotai College.

McQuillan said they were going to be meeting with the Governor-General and other Governor-Generals past and present as well as Key on their first stop on the tour.

PHOTOS: The royal visit so far 

Fans wait to catch a glimpse

Fans waiting outside Government House's gates are getting excited about Kate and George's first visit to New Zealand.

"I'm a royal watcher and have been since I was a little girl of 10-years-old and I've always managed to be in the right place at the right time," one spectator said.

"It's just wonderful to have them here."

Photographers under pressure

Pressure is on overseas photographers to get the best snaps while here for the Royal tour.

Getty Images royal photographer Chris Jackson is one of many in the country following the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.

He told Larry Williams there are demands from bosses back in the UK for the best picture from eacfh day.

"You've got to make sure you're in the right place at the right time and it's quite easy just for someone to stpe in front of you or for something to go wrong and yo umiss that picture, so yeah there's a lot of pressure."

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