Following on from the historic pōwhiri the other day, former US President Barack Obama met yesterday with a group of high achieving Māori women known as Wahine Toa.

Lianna Poutu, one of the lucky ladies said they are all still buzzing.

“It was a pretty special occasion, especially to be in such an intimate setting and to be able to converse with him and go backwards and forwards and have a discussion and explore some things. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

They spent one hour with Barack Obama at his hotel before he left the country.

Another woman there, designer Kiri Nathan handed him some gifts, something she says was very special.

“I was a little bit worried about Secret Service tackling me. I did double check that it was ok and yes I put the kākahu on him and then the hei tiki and fixed his collar to make sure it was all good. He said 'does it look good?' I was like 'of course! Amazing, you look amazing.'”

They say a great outcome of the meeting was that he is open to having a future relationship.

Obama now makes his way to Australia.