September 14, 2022
Strong Māori presence in NZ delegation for Queen’s funeral
The Māori King is joining Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London.
Others in the official New Zealand delegation include former Governor-General Dame Silvia Cartwright, Victoria Cross winner Willie Apiata and former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Don McKinnon.
Others New Zealanders who will be at Monday’s funeral include: 2022 New Zealander of the Year Sir Tipene O’Regan, UK-based soprano Aivale Cole, Ngati Ranana honorary president Whaea Esther Jessop and entrepreneur Jacqueline Gilbert.
Ms Ardern says the broad range of New Zealand’s representation is a testament to the Queen’s long standing relationship and engagement with our country,
She says being in London for the Queen’s funeral also represents an opportunity for her to meet with King Charles III, leaders of realm and Commonwealth countries, along with other world leaders who have also been invited to the funeral, and participate in other events specifically for realm countries.