Israel’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Ran Yaakoby, and his family were officially welcomed in a historic powhiri at Te Tii Marae in Waitangi.

 They planted an olive tree and a kauri tree in a special ceremony symbolizing the strong friendship shared between the people of Nga puhi and Israel. 

The Embassy of Israel in New Zealand would like to sincerely thank Kaumatua Pat Ruka and Janice Epiha, together with all those involved for their incredible hospitality and for making this such a special event. Nga mihi nui ki a koe. 

[Video Credit: Ylia and Meg Trotter, Rawhitiroa Photography] 

Read Sheree Trotter’s blog on the event [Maori and Israelis: Peoples of the land] on the Times Of Israel here.