Oprah and Reese Witherspoon welcomed to NZ with pōwhiri

Hollywood royalty Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling have been in Aotearoa for nearly two days, and have been greeted with a traditional Kiwi greeting - a pōwhiri and karakia.

They're in Queenstown and are taking some time out before filming around Wanaka for the Disney movie A Wrinkle in Time.

Director Ava DuVernay shared an instagram photo of the group enjoying the greeting. "Welcomed with a Powhiri. Blessed with a Karakia. United with a Haka. Grateful to the Maori people, Tangata Whenua, for receiving us so warmly. Thank you! #WrinkleinTime," she said.

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