Former President Obama gets traditional Maori welcome in New Zealand

NEW ZEALAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Former President Barack Obama immersed himself in culture for his first trip to New Zealand this week.

On Thursday, Obama was welcomed with a traditional Maori ceremony called a powhri outside Government House.

According to CNN, he was presented with a whale tooth pendant and honored with a hongi, or a traditional greeting in which people press their noses together.

After the ceremony, Obama met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to discuss issues around climate change, leadership and parenthood.

He also spoke at an event in front of hundreds and played golf with former Prime Minister Sir John Key.

He departed for Australia on Friday.

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