#Extra: Here is part of the pōwhiri for former US President Barack Obama at the Government House in Auckland.
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Extra: Former US President Barack Obama received two whalebone carvings from Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei today - one for himself and the other for former First Lady Michelle Obama. Spokesperson Ngarimu Blair presented the taonga while iwi trust chairwoman Marama Royal placed one around Mr Obama's neck. Here is the presentation (excuse the lack of audio, e te iwi!).
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You can watch the live we streamed of Barack Obama participating in the pōwhiri at Government House here:https://www.facebook.com/tekareremaorinews/videos/1810382815692741/