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Becks and a Maori welcome

The Beckham has landed” 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 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. 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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