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Kia ora! Kia ora!

Rt. Honorable Mike Moore, Ambassador of New Zealand and his wife, Yvonne Dereany, hosted Aleethia’s “Friday Night Dinner” for 78 wounded/injured/ill service members, family members and guests. Embassy staff members performed the “Haka,” the Maori welcome ceremony for the service members and their guests attending the “Hākari” (dinner feast).

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Each table was decorated with items to represent a province of New Zealand. New Zealanders (“Kiwis”) served as table hosts and provided informative conversations of the culture, food, customs, landscape, etc. of the various regions. Everyone enjoyed the buffet of delectable New Zealand cuisine including Pavlova – a traditional celebratory dessert.



Our “young guests” were given gifts that represented New Zealand….


A quiz regarding history, culture, landscape and more of New Zealand was conducted. The table that got the most answers won a basket of New Zealand items to share.


The friendly and outgoing Kiwis made for a most enjoyable evening. Tēnā Koe!

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