Boris Johnson described as 'eccentric and flamboyant' by New Zealand media after Maori joke

Boris Johnson described as eccentric and flamboyant by New Zealand media after making Maori joke

Boris Johnson is visiting New Zealand

Monday, July 24, 2017

Boris Johnson has been described by media in New Zealand as the “flamboyant, blonde tousled-haired former mayor of London" after a rather unusual joke about Maori culture.

The foreign secretary is staying in the country for two days and will discuss issues such as foreign policy, trade and international security.

He is looking to increase good relations with the nation in preparation for the UK leaving the EU, according to The Guardian.

Whilst thanking locals for helping British tourists when an earthquake struck the southern coastal town of Kaikoura, he also joked that a traditional Maori greeting could be misinterpreted by people from other countries as a head butt.

The greeting is called a hongi and involves people pressing their noses together. He said: “I think it’s a beautiful form of introduction, though it might be misinterpreted in a pub in Glasgow."

The earthquake hit the country last year and 200 people from the UK were affected in the disaster, which also killed two people.

During his thanks Johnson also said: “This is the most mind-blowingly, mind-numbingly beautiful country that I have ever seen."

The foreign secretary also mentioned the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit which were filmed in the country, claiming it was the only location that could have done justice to the books.

He is set to continue his journey on Tuesday by travelling to Australia.