Tauranga misses out on royal visit

By Genevieve Helliwell


The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will not be visiting Tauranga in their royal tour of New Zealand.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key today announced details of the royal couple's visit.

Prince Charles and Camilla will tour Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch when they spent time in New Zealand from 10-16 November.

They will also make a brief stop in Manawatu.

Mr Key said The Prince of Wales will be representing The Queen of New Zealand on the visit, which celebrates Her Majesty's remarkable 60 years of service.

Mr Key said the royal couple's itinerary will include a focus on New Zealand excellence and innovation in sport, agriculture and business.

It will be Camilla's first visit to New Zealand.

It was hoped the royal couple would visit Tauranga on their national tour.

Camilla has a passion for the Hairy Maclary books and it was hoped she and Prince Charles would spend time in Tauranga and admire the Hairy Maclary statues in downtown Tauranga, due to be finished later this year.

Mayor Stuart Crosby earlier said it would be an honour for Tauranga to be part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

He said the last time Prince Charles visited Tauranga was with Princess Diana in 1982 for the opening of Baycourt.

The royal couple's visit to New Zealand immediately follows on from an eight day tour of Papua New Guinea and Australia.

During the development of their New Zealand visit programme, more than 300 invitations and proposals were received. 

A spokesperson said due to the  practical constraints of a six day visit, it was not possible to take up most of these offers, despite the merits of the invitations.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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