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East Timor's ambassador Lisualdo Gaspar (left) was welcomed with a pōwhiri, when presenting his Letters of Credence

Wero (meaning "to cast a spear"), also known as taki, is a traditional Māori challenge, performed as part of the Māori protocol.[1][2] Its purpose is to ensure that visitors come in peace. It also establishes their steadfastness, and the prowess of the challenging warriors.[3]

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  1. ^ Tapaleao, Vaimoana (8 April 2014). "Cheeky challenge sets off global media frenzy". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  2. ^ "Pōwhiri - Welcome Ceremony". New Zealand Trade and Enterprise. 11 May 2013. Retrieved 11 April 2016.
  3. ^ http://www.kotane.co.nz/kotane/powhiri_idl=2_idt=2797_id=15952_.html

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