Volvo CEO welcomed with Powhiri

02 April 2012

Maori welcome for Volvo CEO

Volvo Ocean Race CEO Knut Frostad got a taste of traditional Maori culture when he was greeted by a Powhiri at Auckland Airport.

Knut arrived in Auckland ahead of the arrival of the fleet – including the New Zealand entry Camper – for the fourth stopover in the race around the world.

Auckland Airport paired up with Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development for the welcome and kapa haka group from the Auckland Museum performed the Powhiri.

“It was an incredible experience and very touching,” Knut said at the time. “It really woke me up after a very long flight from Alicante.”

The Volvo yachts were in Auckland for 10 days and competed in a series of harbour races that saw Camper victorious. They sailed for Itajai, Brazil, on March 18.