Prince William opens New Zealand court building

Prince William has delivered his first major speech as a senior member of the Royal Family, officially opening New Zealand's Supreme Court building.

Wearing a traditional Maori cloak, the 27-year-old addressed dignitaries, including Prime Minister John Key, at the ceremony in Wellington.

He described New Zealand as "a nation that believes passionately in itself", but with enduring ties to Britain.

The prince is representing the Queen on his first official overseas visit.

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