A speech by The Duke of Sussex at a visit to Te Papaiouru Marae

Published 31 October 2018

E nga mana 

E nga reo 

Tena koutou katoa 

He mihi ki a koutou 

O ngati whakaue

 I powhiritia mai tenei ra 

Ka nui te aroha maua 

Ko taku whaiaipo 

No reira 

Tena koutou

Tena koutou 

Tena tatou katoa.

Thank you all for your warm welcome. It is an honour for us to be here in this magnificent meeting house, to meet you and spend time at the side of the lake with the people of Te Arawa and Ngati Whakaue.

• I would like to acknowledge:

o Ariki Ta Tumu Te Huhu  

o Sir Toby Curtis

o Honourable Steve Chadwick, Mayor of Rotorua

o  Whaea Norma Sturley

o Mr Peter Anaru 

o Mr Bob Gillies

o And Host Committee Co-chairs Mr Trevor Maxwell and Mr Monty Morrison.

Thank you for the beautiful cloak you have so kindly gifted to myself and the Duchess. We appreciate the skill of the weavers who made it, and the aroha that has gone into its creation. This cloak is a taonga that will be cherished in our family.

One of the joys of our visit to New Zealand has been the opportunity to meet so many young New Zealanders who are devoting their talents and energy to making a difference. There are creative, gifted and caring Te Arawa Rangatahi (young people) here, who are using their talents to preserve and promote the Māori language, to support mental wellbeing, and to achieve in areas that will benefit their communities, and their country. 

We look forward to speaking with you today.

Thank you again for hosting us so generously.   

Mauri ora kia koutou katoa.