Arrival at RNZAF base at Ohakea ( o-har-key-ah) on Wednesday afternoon. Met by Prime Minister,?
Arrival at RNZAF base at Ohakea ( o-har-key-ah) on Wednesday afternoon. Met by Prime Minister, Rt. Hon.K.J.Holyoake and Mrs Holyoake, and by the United States Ambassador in New Zealand, Mr. H.B. Powell. On the way to the reception area, the President was given a traditional Maori welcome. This involved a challenge, when a Maori warrior lays two spears in front of the President. These are picked up by the Prime Minister and handed to the President. Following this, there was a haka (harker) - a posture dance by the men. Then the women sang an action song of welcome.
At the reception area, an 8 year-old girl presented a bouquet of flowers to Mrs. Johnson.
After an informal welcome and reply, they left in an RNZAF DC-6 to fly the hundred miles to Wellington, the capital.
At Wellington airport they were met and welcomed by the Governor-General of the New Zealand, Sir Bernard Fergusson, and Lady Fergusson.
President Johnson then inspected a guard of honour, before meeting Ministers of the Crown; the Leader of the Opposition, Mr. Kirk; diplomats; and Chiefs of Staff.
Drove through Wellington to Government House, where the Johnsons will stay the night. At night there was a formal dinner party and reception; twenty four attended the dinner, and three hundred the reception. As the motorcade approached Government House, they were greeted by anti-Vietnam war protesters carrying placards.