The Tongan Prime Minister has laid a wreath at Auckland War Memorial Museum this afternoon.

Accompanied by MP Sam Lotu-Iiga, Prime Minister Samuela 'Akilisi Pohiva laid a wreath at the plinth in the museum's Hall of Memories.

After the wreath was laid the Last Post was played, and The Ode was recited in Maori and English.

A minute's silence was then observed.

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The party then departed the museum to visit the University of Auckland's law school.

The Tongan leader is visiting New Zealand for the first time as Prime Minister.