Harry ‘looking forward’ to NZ visit

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Prince Harry is said to be looking forward to his first official tour of New Zealand after hearing stories about the nation from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

During his eight-day trip next month Harry will see how the capital Christchurch is being rebuilt after the 2011 earthquake and commemorate the sacrifices made by the nation’s forces during the First World War.

Maori culture will also feature during a visit to Whanganui in the North Island where Harry will travel with the crew of a traditional Maori canoe.

The prince, a captain in the Army, is in neighbouring Australia and coming to the end of a four-week attachment with the country’s armed forces before he leaves the British military in June after 10 years’ service.

A Kensington Palace spokesman said: “Prince Harry is very much looking forward to his first visit to New Zealand.

“He has heard so many great things about the country, not least from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge after their tour last year.

“He has made a number of Kiwi friends over the years, especially through the course of his military duties, and is delighted that he will now have so many opportunities to meet New Zealanders in every community he visits during his tour.”

Harry will tour New Zealand from May 9 to 16, with visits to Stewart Island, Christchurch, Wellington, Linton, Whanganui and Auckland.

Kensington Palace said: ” The prince will be introduced to a broad cross section of New Zealand culture and society.

“He will take the opportunity to meet members of the local community in each place he visits – from the national parks of Stewart Island to the urban centres of South Auckland and Wellington – highlighting the diversity of New Zealand and celebrating those who give service to the well-being of the country.”

Harry attended centenary commemorations for the First World War’s Gallipoli campaign in Turkey last weekend, honouring the efforts of Australian and New Zealand troops who fought and died.

In New Zealand he will visit the recently opened Anzac (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Square at Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington and meet veterans during a reception in Whanganui.

The Commonwealth country is a proud and successful sporting nation and the prince will acknowledge their achievements when he meets the national rugby team – the All Blacks – and other sports champions.

Published: Wednesday 29th April 2015 by The News Editor

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