Prince Harry praised for using Pasifika greetings in speech: "Talofa Lava! Malo e lelei!"

Headlines 31/10/2018

Prince Harry has taken a leaf out of his wife's book by embracing the local cultures during their visit to Aotearoa.

During a celebration of the cultural contributions of Pasifika communities at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, the travelling Prince opened his speech with a series of Pasifika greetings, which was met with rousing applause:

"Talofa lava! Malo e lelei! Bula vinaka! Fakaalofa lahi atu! Kia orana! Tēnā koutou katoa!" he said, receiving a rousing applause after each sentence.

"This is definitely the first time I have spoken most of those languages," he joked afterwards. "So I apologise if my accent wasn't any good, but I had to give it a go."

The prince said it was "wonderful" to be at the event celebrating diversity in one the world's most diverse cities.

"Tonight our focus is to acknowledge the outstanding young people here," he says.

"One of the most rewarding things about travelling through four Commonwealth countries these past few weeks has been the opportunity to meet young leaders who are making a significant difference within their own communities."

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