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New Zealand | Becks and the powhiri

Posted By John Turnbull On 20 November 2007 @ 23:24 In Oceania | No Comments

Becks and a Maori welcome

The Beckham has landed [1]” reports the New Zealand Herald in Nov 29 editions. Some 500, as if hearing of a child in a creche, came to adore him in Wellington, where David Beckham has arrived with L.A. Galaxy for a friendly against Australian A-League side Wellington Phoenix [2] on Dec 1. “I told him he’s a legend,” says Kat, 22. “I asked him for a high five but then I felt stink so I just shook his hand.”

Becks and teammates did not know what to make of the customary Maori welcome, the powhiri [3]. The term breaks into two parts, combining the ideas of a venture into the unknown with an “act or experience of exchanging information and knowledge.”

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[1] The Beckham has landed: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=86&objectid=10479096&ref=rss

[2] Wellington Phoenix: http://www.wellingtonphoenix.com/

[3] powhiri: http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/culture/powhiri/powhiri-introduction.cfm

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