Boris Johnson compares Maori greeting to '˜Glasgow kiss'

Boris Johnson has joked that a traditional Maori greeting could be misinterpreted as a headbutt during a visit to New Zealand.

Monday, 24th July 2017, 12:14 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th September 2017, 12:15 pm
Boris Johnson, left, performs a traditional Maori greeting with New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy. Picture: AP
Boris Johnson, left, performs a traditional Maori greeting with New Zealand's Minister for Primary Industries Nathan Guy. Picture: AP

The Foreign Secretary was taught a Maori greeting called a hongi - in which people press noses together - by inhabitants of Kaikoura during an official visit to the South Pacific nation.

Referring to a headbutt, Mr Johnson joked the hongi “might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow”.

Mr Johnson is visiting New Zealand for two days as Britain looks to strengthen its ties with the former colony amid a broader reshaping of its global relationships as it prepares to leave the European Union.

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Trade, foreign policy and international security were on the agenda for the Foreign Secretary’s trip.

He visited the South Island town of Kaikoura on Monday, which was struck by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake in November that killed two people.

He thanked townsfolk for looking after tourists, including 200 Britons, following the quake.