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Māori man surprises everyone with wedding proposal on live TV

Māori man surprises everyone with wedding proposal on live TV

Māori man Richard Haeta proposed to his partner Robert Stewart

A New Zealand man surprised TV hosts and viewers when he proposed to his partner of 18 years on live television.

Māori man Richard Haeata was being interviewed alongside his partner, Robert Stewart on the Māori Television network’s news program, Kawekōrero Reporters.

Stewart is from Australia and the men were interviewed the day after same-sex marriage became legal in that country. But the interview took a turn when Haeata turned to Stewart.

‘I can’t go down on one knee,’ Haeata said.

‘But I would love you to marry me if you would have me.’

Stewart casually replied with, ‘yeah you know I’m gonna marry you’.

Why they waited

Even though New Zealand legalized marriage equality in 2013, Haeata explained why the couple waited to get engaged.

‘We waited, not because New Zealand got it first, but because Robert wanted to do this on his own whenua (land) and with his people present,’ he said.

‘For me that was really important as well. You know, to make sure that his family were accepting of the idea but also present when it happened.’

Both men are members of their country’s respective Indigenous communities. Stewart is an Aboriginal Australian from the Eora Nation, which is the land in and around Sydney. Haeta is Māori, which are New Zealand’s Indigenous people.

Watch the adorable video here.