Former US president Barack Obama has been welcomed at Government House with a stirring powhiri. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who received parenting tips from Barack Obama when she met the former US president in Auckland said
“I asked him about parenthood and he had tips that I will probably long remember,” the centre-left leader told reporters, without giving further details.
Obama and his wife Michelle have two children, Malia and Sasha.
Ardern said they also discussed the state of progressive climate change and engaging young people in politics.
Obama is in New Zealand for a three-day trip centred on a corporate speaking function on Thursday night organised by the NZ-US Council.
He has also played golf with former prime minister John Key.
Former US President Barack Obama also praised New Zealand’s record on female empowerment, described his nail-biting decision to authorise the operation against Osama bin Laden and spoke of his personal friendship with Sir John Key at his exclusive Auckland speaking engagement.