THE PRINCE OF WALES AND THE DUCHESS OF CORNWALL VISIT NEW ZEALAND
Tuesday 19th November
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a Ceremony of Welcome and meet the Prime Minister of New Zealand and the Chief of Defence Force
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will receive a traditional Māori welcome from members of the New Zealand Armed Forces on the lawn of Government House. Māori elders, the Kaumātua and Kuia, will explain each stage of the ceremony. His Royal Highness will then take the Royal Salute and inspect the Guard.
Their Royal Highnesses will then meet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her partner Clark Gayford, and Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short and his wife Sherryll Short. Their Royal Highnesses will be invited to sign the visitors’ book and pause for an Official Photograph.
The Prince of Wales meets with the Leader of the Opposition
The Prince of Wales will have a private meeting with Simon Bridges, Leader of the Opposition government.
In February 2018, Simon Bridges became the National Party Leader following the resignation of Bill English. As the Leader of the largest non-government party in the House, he also became Leader of the Opposition.
The Duchess of Cornwall attends a Domestic Violence Roundtable at Shine
The Duchess of Cornwall will join a roundtable discussion on the topic of domestic violence, together with survivors and national campaigners. Her Royal Highness will also tour the Shine offices and meet some of their frontline support staff who help thousands of adult and child victims of domestic abuse.
Shine (Safer Homes in New Zealand Everyday) supports thousands of victims of domestic violence through a helpline, crisis advocacy and two women’s refuges in Auckland. The charity also provides professional training programmes and runs the DVFREE workplace programme, which supports companies in protecting employees who experience domestic violence. Their programme KIDshine supports children who have been exposed to domestic violence to be safe and heal. The No Excuses programme is designed to assist men who have previously used violence and abuse, to change.
The Duchess of Cornwall has highlighted the work of domestic abuse charities in the United Kingdom and overseas for a number of years. In the UK, Her Royal Highness has visited domestic violence charities SafeLives, Refuge and Women’s Aid and in July 2016 hosted a reception at Clarence House on the subject. Earlier this year, The Duchess visited IMMA, an association that provides counselling for victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and trauma, in Munich during Their Royal Highness’s tour of Germany.
In a speech delivered at the Women’s Forum during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London, The Duchess said: “Not long ago I was fortunate enough to spend time with some of the bravest women I have been privileged to meet. Their experiences not only touched their lives but also the lives of those around them, in the most tragic ways. I spoke to courageous women that had survived abuse, as well as to mothers, sisters, daughters, and friends of those who had been killed. Their silence was broken – but only after tragedy. I hope we can talk about what is happening behind closed doors across the world and I hope that these brave people have the courage to speak out – to be, in the words of one of those women, ‘victors not victims’.”
The Prince of Wales meets with the Prime Minister of New Zealand
The Prince of Wales will have a private meeting with Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
His Royal Highness previously met the Prime Minister in April 2018 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London when The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall received Jacinda Ardern and her partner at Clarence House.
Following the announcement of Their Royal Highness’s visit to New Zealand, the Prime Minister said: “I am delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses back to New Zealand. I know that the couple have greatly enjoyed New Zealanders’ warm hospitality and manaakitanga when they visited previously. The Prince of Wales has been a strong advocate for the environment, conservation and sustainability for many years. This visit will provide opportunities for him to engage with New Zealanders on those subjects, and to learn more about the ways in which New Zealand is preparing for the future.”
The Prince of Wales visits Sea Cleaners
In Auckland Harbour, The Prince of Wales will meet with volunteers working to clear plastic from the coastal waters around New Zealand. His Royal Highness will then board a vessel and join the crew on a short ‘plastic patrol’ around the Harbour.
Sea Cleaners is a non-profit organisation working to rid New Zealand’s coastal waters of marine plastic. Since their establishment in 2002, 160,000 volunteer hours have gone into removing 8.5 million litres of waste from the sea, whilst spreading the word to school groups, community groups, businesses and Maori Iwi as how to dispose of rubbish in eco-friendly ways that do not harm the environment. Sea Cleaners is now working with the Royal New Zealand Navy to expand their work beyond New Zealand’s waters.
The Prince of Wales first spoke publically about his concerns regarding the impact of plastic pollution on the natural world in 1970. Since then, His Royal Highness has been an advocate for sustainability and waste reduction. In 2017, The Prince of Wales delivered the keynote speech at the Our Ocean Conference in Malta, declaring that the growing threat to the world’s marine ecology has reached a critical point where plastics are ‘now on the menu’.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Emirates Team New Zealand
Their Royal Highnesses will visit the team headquarters of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron who will compete in the America’s Cup in early 2021. The team previously won the cup in 2017. Before departing, The Prince and The Duchess will have the opportunity to meet with members of the public.
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. It was first contested in 1851 and has been raced for 35 times in its 157 years. Emirates Team New Zealand are the current defending champions, having won against the USA in 2017, and will meet with their challengers in Auckland in early 2021.
The Duchess of Cornwall attends a Women Of The World Think-In
The Duchess of Cornwall, President of the Southbank Centre’s Women of the World Festival (WOW), will join a series of discussions and roundtables hosted by the Governor-General of New Zealand Dame Patsy Reddy at Government House. In attendance will be Jude Kelly, founder of WOW, and Cathy Hunt, producer of WOW Brisbane, due to take place in April next year.
Launched by Jude Kelly in 2010, Women of the World (WOW) festivals aim to celebrate women and girls by raising awareness of the issues that prevent them from achieving their potential and discussing solutions together. To date, WOW has reached over two million people in 17 countries on five continents across more than 65 festivals – and growing – including in Australia, Brazil, China, Finland, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Somaliland, the UK and the USA. In 2018 WOW took place in Rio, Karachi, Beijing, Cardiff and Bradford, as well as London, New York, Dhaka, Pakistan, Atlanta, Istanbul and China in 2019 and 2020.
The Duchess of Cornwall became President of WOW in 2015 and has hosted an annual reception at Clarence House in London to celebrate the Festival. In recent years Her Royal Highness has supported the organisation’s expansion overseas, hosting a discussion in Abuja, Nigeria in 2018 during Their Royal Highness’s tour of West Africa.
The Prince of Wales attends a tea for The Prince’s Trust New Zealand
On arrival, The Prince of Wales will be received by the Chair and Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust New Zealand and be welcomed with a mihi whakatau (traditional informal welcome). The Prince will meet with supporters and beneficiaries of the Trust and hear from two youth representatives who will reflect on recently completing a Prince’s Trust Programme.
The Prince’s Trust helps young people to develop the confidence and skills they need to realise their ambitions, so that they can live, learn and earn. Founded by The Prince of Wales in 1976, the charity supports 11 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed, struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. The Trust has helped over 950,000 young people to date and supports over 100 more each day.
The Prince’s Trust New Zealand, set up in 2018, has a mission to activate young New Zealanders as designers, authors, dreamers, creators and workers for a more equitable, sustainable and prosperous future. They run two programmes, Achieve, which aims to support young learners and equip them with the skills and support for the transition into further learning and employment, and Enterprise, which helps young people aged 18 to 30 to start their own businesses.
The Prince of Wales attends a Sustainable Urbanization discussion
The Prince of Wales will meet with representatives from Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities to discuss Sustainable Urbanization in the Auckland Area.
Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities is a new Crown agency that brings together the people, capabilities and resources of KiwiBuild, Housing New Zealand, and its development subsidiary HLC. This will enable a more joined-up approach to delivering the Government’s housing and urban development priorities, addressing homelessness and making homes more affordable for New Zealanders.
The new agency will also have an urban development role and will partner with developers, councils, Māori, government agencies and others to enable, facilitate and deliver urban development projects of all sizes. These urban development projects will provide people with good quality, affordable homes that connect to the jobs, transport, open spaces and facilities needed for communities to thrive.
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall attend a reception hosted by the Governor-General of New Zealand
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will meet a wide cross-section of New Zealand society at a reception hosted by the Governor-General at Government House.
The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, will host the reception in honour of Their Royal Highnesses. The guest list is expected to reflect a slice of New Zealand life, including a selection of recent Honours recipients, as well as representatives of the arts, business, sport, and some of the Governor-General’s patronages.
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