Story from NZ Herald
The weather didn’t quite hold up at the much-awaited Royal visit on October 29, 2018 but the Duke and Duchess of Sussex still had an extraordinary time at Totaranui, Abel Tasman National Park.
Meghan sat in the front row but was set a few inches back from Harry’s. The local kaumatua of Onetahua Marae in Nelson, explained, “The middle represents the god of war and we don’t want to put our women into that space. We want to be inclusive by especially Meghan, because she’s expecting, we don’t want to put her at any risk.”
In Harry’s own words, “Thank you so much for having us today. The weather forecast was a lot worse than his and we are really fortunate to be here. The rain is a blessing and a reminder of our connection to the land … From my wife, myself and our little bump, it’s a blessing to be here … We bring you greetings from my grandmother.”