The Duke of Cambridge obtained a conventional Maori greeting from New Zealand’s prime minister as he started his two-day tour of the nation.
Prince William carried out a hongi with Jacinda Ardern as he was welcomed in Auckland at first of the journey.
His tour started with a service for Anzac Day, which commemorates the navy veterans of Australia and New Zealand.
He’s to fulfill survivors of March’s Christchurch mosque assaults – the place 50 individuals died – and their households.
Earlier than arriving in Christchurch, Prince William met four-year-old Alen Alsati – who was injured within the assault and awoke from a coma earlier this week – at Starship Youngsters’s Hospital in Auckland.
The duke additionally met a few of the officers and medics who have been among the many first on the scene of the shootings, a few of whom arrived simply minutes after the primary pictures have been fired.
Through the go to, Prince William requested officers and medics about how they’d put their coaching into observe.
“Nothing actually trains you for seeing it in actual life”, concluded the duke, who frolicked as a pilot with the air ambulance service in East Anglia.
“I am positive the workforce pulls collectively,” he mentioned.
New Zealand police commissioner Mike Bush mentioned the “emotion was palpable” in the course of the go to and the duke was involved with how these concerned have been coping a month on from the assaults.
“His major piece of recommendation was to speak to one another, to not bottle issues up – to help one another to speak about what they noticed and what they do afterwards,” he mentioned.
Prince William is travelling on behalf of the Queen on the request of Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s prime minister.
Ms Ardern mentioned the prince’s go to would “carry consolation” because the duke had a “shut connection” with New Zealand and Christchurch particularly.
“His go to supplies the chance to pay tribute to these affected by the mosque terrorist assaults and present help to the native and nationwide group,” she mentioned.
William supplied prayers for the Christchurch group and described the assaults as a “merciless nightmare”.
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Media captionThe Duke of Cambridge laid a wreath at a service for Anzac Day
Anzac Day marks the anniversary of the primary main navy motion fought by the Australian and New Zealand Military Corps (Anzac) in World Conflict One.
The duke’s spouse, Catherine, will attend an Anzac Day memorial service at Westminster Abbey in London.
Kensington Palace mentioned Prince William would “pay tribute to the extraordinary compassion and solidarity” displayed by New Zealanders following the assaults.
It’s not the primary time that the duke has visited Christchurch within the wake of a tragedy.
In 2011, he attended a memorial service after an earthquake killed 185 individuals.
In a speech that day, he mentioned: “My grandmother as soon as mentioned that grief is the worth we pay for love. Right here right this moment, we love and we grieve.”
The Duke and the Duchess of Cambridge additionally visited New Zealand in 2014, on their first official tour.