November 19, 2019
Waitangi welcomes royals
The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will shortly be welcomed on to the Treaty Grounds in what will be the first visit to Waitangi by a member of the royal family since the prince went 25 years ago.
Organisers were expecting a relaxed occasion without the protests of some previous visits.
Prince Charles is set to speak from the mahau of Te Whare Rūnanga, after which there will be a tree planting ceremony.
The couple will visit Te Kōngahu Museum below the Treaty Grounds, where the prince will loan a korowai gifted to his tupuna Queen Victoria during a visit to England by Hare Pomare.
While in the Bay of Islands the prince will visit Queenstown Resort College’s Tai Tokerau campus and meet some of the students involved in the Prince’s Trust New Zealand Enterprise programme, which has a special focus on working with young Māori.
He will also visit Paihia Fire Station, while the Duchess will travel to Kerikeri Primary School to see the school’s involvement in the Enviroschools programme and Garden to Table, where children grow vegetables and fruit and then learn how to cook them.
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