William and Kate were welcomed by Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and his wife, Lady Janine. Prince William led an inspection of a guard of military officials. William and Kate were then greeted by traditional Maori warriors and local dignitaries, who exchanged Hongis, the traditional Māori greeting, by pressing their noses and foreheads together. As the rain subsided, Kate and William were then treated to a Haka, a traditional ancestral war cry dance.
Prince George and his nanny stayed dry by watching all of the action from a second floor window of Government House.