Saturday 10 December 2016

WATCH: Prince Harry performs traditional Maori haka dance with gusto

Published 14/05/2015 | 08:11

Showing there's no end to his talents, Prince Harry managed to nail the war dance with just 20 minutes practise.

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The royal flew in to Wellington by helicopter and was given under half an hour to learn off the moves for the war dance.

The 30-year-old impressed onlookers as he performed the traditional dance alongside 30 troops.

It was part of a day of activities at Linton Military Camp, the largest army base in the country.

Prince Harry wears a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry wears a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.

Harry was then given a tour of the Whanganui river by canoe, later test driving an All Terrain Vehicle and a Light Armoured Vehicle and meeting war veterans and nursing corps.

One such serviceman was Corporal Jason Storley, who had his leg amputated in 2009 and went on to compete in the Invictus Games.

"He remembered me and wanted to know how I was doing," Storley said. "He wanted to know how we were and it’s amazing he remembered some of us."

"He asked us how we felt after the games and whether we found ourselves going down in morale afterwards. Meeting him definitely boosts your spirits, it gives you a sense of achievement and self worth."

Local Maori people offer a traditional challenge to Prince Harry as he arrives at the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
Local Maori people offer a traditional challenge to Prince Harry as he arrives at the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.

To end the day, Harry took part in a game of touch rugby with local school children.

His week-long trip of New Zealand has seen him visit every corner of the country, following his month-long attachment with the Australian Defence Force.

Prince Harry wears a traditional cloak as he arrives at the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry wears a traditional cloak as he arrives at the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.

On the second and third day of the New Zealand trip, Harry stayed with inhabitants of the remote Stewart Island.

He spent the evening at its only pub and enjoyed a feisty pub quiz with the residents, with his team, The Ginger Ninjas, finishing second.

Prince Harry receives a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.
Prince Harry receives a traditional cloak during a visit to the Putiki marae, which is central to Maori culture and community activities in Whanganui, on the latest leg of his tour of New Zealand.

"I don't know how we managed to do quite so well in the pub quiz but it was certainly a fantastic atmosphere inside there and the landlady was British so it was just like being at home," he said.

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