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Amazing experience taking part in this traditional Powhiri ceremony at Orakei Marae. This is a traditional Maori welcome to country ceremony and it was very cool to see the pride and rich culture here in New Zealand. My opponent was already inside with his team dressed in what I assume was ceremonial war garb, and our teams sat across from each other as elders spoke and welcomed us on their sacred grounds. It was very intense but also full of open hospitality... not gonna lie and say that as our teams sat there, it did feel at times as if we were sitting in the “red wedding” scene in GOT ??. All kidding aside this was an amazing experience. Thank you again News Zealand ????