Category: Royal Visit New Zealand

2018 Oct 31

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 4: Rotorua

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 4: Rotorua

The Royal Tour of Oceania has finally come to a close, as Harry and Meghan carried out their final engagements in Rotorua, New Zealand. They arrived in the morning at Rotorua Regional Airport to visit Te Papaiouru Marae for a traditional Maori welcome ceremony. They watched the formal Maori challenge and were given Korowai cloaks (Meghan’s one is made to protect during a pregnancy). Then they visited the kitchens before enjoying lunch with the group. VIDEO

Following their lunch, Harry & Meghan visited Rainbow Springs to learn more about their Kiwi Breeding Programme aiming to preserve the species. They named two kiwi chicks: Harry decided on ‘Tihei’ (Sneeze) and Meghan on ‘Koha’ (Gift). VIDEO

The couple then greeted the members of the public at Rotorua Government Gardens. A little girl got to go through the barriers to meet Meghan, who engaged in a little dance and then a hug. VIDEO

For their final engagement of the tour, Harry and Meghan visited Redwoods Treewalk, a space with more than 23 suspension bridges closing the gaps between 22 trees. Before visiting the forest, the Duke and Duchess went on a walk through the trees to explore. VIDEO

2018 Oct 30

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 3: Auckland

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 3: Auckland

Following Wellington, Harry and Meghan spent the day in Auckland. They began their day at the North Shore Riding Club to dedicate a 20-hectare area of native bush to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. The area has been named the Carol Whaley Native Bush. Meghan planted a Kōwhai tree, whose flower as part of her veil on her wedding day. The couple took part in a welly wanging contest, which consists in tossing rubber rain boots the farthest. VIDEO

Following an outift change, Meghan and Harry visited with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Pillars, a charity who supports children with a parent in prison by providing help and special mentoring schemes. The Duke & Duchess presented some awards during a special ceremony. VIDEO

Later in the afternoon, the couple greeted the public who waited hours in the rain at the Viaduct Harbour. Among the people they met, Meghan reunited with a girl she used to talk on Instagram. Other well-wishers decided to sing the ‘Suits’ theme song. VIDEOVIDEO

Finally, PM Jacinda Ardern hosted a reception at the Auckland War Memorial Museum, where they watched a performance by Auckland’s Pasifika community. The reception was aimed at young leaders, which fit perfectly with Harry’s role as Commonwealth Youth Ambassador. The Duke of Sussex made a speech where he praises the voices of the Commonwealth. VIDEOVIDEO

2018 Oct 29

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 2: Wellington

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 2: Wellington

The Royal Tour of Oceania continues in Wellington, New Zealand ! In the morning, Harry and Meghan visited a popular café in the city, the Maranui Café. They met with young New Zealanders from organisations which focus on mental health, such as Voices of Hope. They also met another Queen’s Young Leader, Ezekiel Raui, who founded Te Kotahi, a peer-support programme, after he himself experienced youth suicides at his high school. Upon departure, the couple stopped to meet young children who were waiting outside. The Duchess also asked that leftovers from their breakfast be served to the children. VIDEO

They then departed Wellington by helicopter to head to the Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island of New Zealand. On their arrival, they were treated to a welcome ceremony with Maori people and performed hongis. Even with the rain, Harry & Meghan took part in a trail walk with a park ranger who discussed environment and the park’s conversation programmes. VIDEO

Their final engagement of the day happened at Courtenay Creative, a space to connect, collaborate and cultivate. Harry and Meghan, who were welcomed by an orc from Lord of the Rings, as well as vikings, met with young students and professionals from the film and creative industry. Most of them were in costume as they work in behind the scenes sections of the industry. VIDEO

2018 Oct 28

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 1: Wellington

The Duke & Duchess of Sussex Visit New Zealand – Day 1: Wellington

The Royal visit to Australia is now over! Harry and Meghan departed Sydney Airport on Sunday morning with the Invictus Games NZ Team on board of the Royal New Zealand Air Force for Wellington. Representatives of the Australian goverment paid their respects and official goodbyes to Their Royal Highnesses before they boarded the plane.

A few hours later, they arrived at Wellington International Airport and were greeted by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern (who became this year the first New Zealander PM to give birth while in office). Harry & Meghan posed for an official photo with the IG team before departing the airport.

New Zealanders performed a traditional welcome ceremony at Government House for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Harry and Meghan were greeted by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy, and received ‘hongis’ from Maori people. They watched traditional haka performances as well as a 21-gun salute from guards who were then inspected by Harry per tradition. VIDEO

Harry and Meghan visited the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park to lay a wreath on the tomb of the Unknown Warrior, before seing the newly-unveiled UK War Memorial in the park. Harry was presented with a Badge in Gold, New Zealand’s highest military honor for his work with injured veterans. Following the wreath-laying ceremony, the couple greeted the public during a walkabout in front of the memorial. VIDEOVIDEO

In the evening, Harry and Meghan had a meeting with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Leader of Opposition Simon Bridges at Government House. Then they attended a reception hosted by the Governor-General to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand. New Zealand became then the first country to give women the right to vote. The Duchess of Sussex made a speech on the importance of human rights, what having the right to vote represents for women and her. It’s an incredibly inspirational speech which you can watch below and read here. VIDEO