German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a traditional Maori welcome in New Zealand, before she is set to arrive in Australia for the G20 summit. Rough cut, no reporter narration.
ROUGH CUT, NO REPORTER NARRATION German Chancellor Angela Merkel received a traditional Maori welcome in New Zealand on Friday (November 14) before she's set to go to Australia to attend the G20 summit. While visiting Auckland, Merkel was also given the opportunity to first pet and then release a Kiwi into the wild. There had been calls from some in Australia to block Russian President Vladimir Putin from attending the summit given Russia's actions in Ukraine, but the overwhelming consensus was against it. News reports that a convoy of Russian warships had arrived earlier this week in international waters north of Brisbane, the venue of the summit, also created a flutter. Merkel played down any threat posed by the warships but joined the leaders speaking out against Putin ahead of his arrival in Brisbane on Friday evening.