1 Oct 2017

A hongi for Harry

9:41 am on 1 October 2017

Prince Harry and Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata exchanged a hongi at the weekend when the pair met at the Invictus Games in Canada.

Prince Harry awards the silver medal to Walter Groen of the Netherlands on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Wheelchair Basketball final gold match.

Prince Harry awards the silver medal to Walter Groen of the Netherlands on the podium at the medal ceremony for the Wheelchair Basketball final gold match. Photo: AFP / CLAUS ANDERSEN / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA

The Invictus Games were held in Toronto last week and the New Zealand Defence Force team won a haul, including a gold medal in women's midweight powerlifting and a double gold in indoor rowing.

Prince Harry also met the Invictus team coach for New Zealand, Patrick Pradel and members of the archery squad.

The prince, who served in Afghanistan, is one of the founders of the international Paralympic-style multi sport contest in which wounded, injured or struggling armed service personnel and veterans compete.

The 2017 games were the largest so far, with 550 participants from 17 nations, including 24 from the New Zealand Defence Force competing in 12 adaptive sporting events.

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