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Boris Johnson jokes Maori greeting could be misinterpreted as a headbutt

The Foreign Secretary is on a two-day visit to New Zealand to strengthen ties.

Boris Johnson has likened a traditional Maori greeting to a headbutt while on a two-day trip to New Zealand.

As Britain looks to strengthen its ties with the former colony, the UK Foreign Secretary had a go at a hongi, in which people press their noses together in place of a formal handshake.

And afterwards, Johnson joked the greeting “might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow”.

However, Johnson did also call the hongi a “beautiful form of introduction”.

Johnson has been a busy bee during the visit to the South Pacific nation, which comes amid a broader reshaping of the UK’s global relationships as it prepares to leave the European Union.

On Monday, he unveiled a war memorial at Pukeahu Park in Wellington.

And he also surveyed earthquake damage in Kaikoura.

The town was struck by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in November and two people were killed.

Johnson thanked townsfolk for looking after tourists following the quake – and also for teaching him the hongi.

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