Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong have honeymoon problems after viral clip

Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong at their wedding.

Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong at their wedding.

The whirlwind media frenzy that erupted after an emotional haka was performed at an Auckland couple's wedding has caused problems for their honeymoon.

Benjamin and Aaliyah Armstrong's wedding became an internet sensation when a passionate haka from their reception was posted online.


Awesome HAKA at a wedding reception. #ProudPolynesiansClick on link for a better understanding of the New Zealand Maori Haka: Westone Productions Limited

Posted by I'm Proud to be Tongan on Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Millions of likes and shares later, and the couple found themselves at the centre of a media onslaught - which has delayed their island honeymoon.

Benjamin Armstrong told TVNZ he was so inundated with requests for comment on the video, he had not realised his passport had expired. The couple were supposed to fly to Fiji on Sunday.

Passionate wedding haka brings bride to tears


The mistake had cost them a day off their honeymoon, and "a bit" of money. They would now spend four days there instead of five.

"It is just a day out of our lives and we are grateful that we'll hopefully get at least a couple of days over there," he said.

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Reporters from Australia, Europe, North and South America were calling them at all hours, TVNZ reported.

"It hit me straight away, my oldest brother Joel led the haka, in front of him was my second oldest brother Jaram and then my father came in on the side," he said.

"Seeing all of that, as well as family and friends and seeing her bridesmaid get in there, was powerful."

 - Stuff

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