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NZ prepares to welcome Prince Charles and Camilla

Published: 5:13AM Monday November 05, 2012 Source: ONE News

New Zealanders are being encouraged to take the opportunity to meet the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall after they touchdown in New Zealand this weekend for their tour to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

The Prince and Duchess arrive at the Royal New Zealand Air Force Base in Auckland at around 9.30pm on November 10 for a six day visit. Their official programme has just been released.

Prince Charles is to celebrate his 64th birthday in New Zealand on November 14 at a party with 64 other New Zealanders.

To help celebrate the occasion, adult New Zealanders whose birthdays fell on November 14 were asked to apply for an invitation to a birthday party at Government House in Wellington.

The sixty-four attendees were selected from more than 1500 applications.

Applicants are coming from all over the country - and one, Leondard Cheah, is coming from San Diego in the United States.

Those who applied for an invitation before the cut-off point are to receive a birthday card from Prince Charles and the Governor-General.Governor General Sir Jerry Mateparae and the Prime Minister's wife Bronagh Key also celebrate their birthdays on November 14.

Lisa Owen will lead extensive coverage of Prince Charles and Camilla's visit to New Zealand on ONE News and

The Royal pair will take part in nearly 30 engagements over their week long visit, including public walks down Auckland's Queen Street, along Wellington's waterfront and through the re:START mall in Christchurch.

Tour highlights include:

- Attending an Armistice Day Commemoration at Auckland War Memorial Museum and meeting veterans
- Meeting New Zealand Olympic athletes
- A visit to Britomart
- A Diamond Jubilee Trust dinner at SkyCity
- Prince Charles making a crossing of the Auckland Harbour on a Sealegs amphibious vehicle.

- Prince Charles and Camilla will attend the official opening of the Diamond Jubilee Visitor Centre at Government House
- Meet members of the waka crew who participated in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant
- Visit Weta Workshop
- Attend the Prince's birthday celebration at Government House on November 14.

- The Royal couple will join in a community celebration event in Feilding, including attending the Farmers' Market
- Meet with volunteers
- Visit a local farm
- View specially designed Diamond Jubilee Post Boxes made by local children.

 Prince Charles and Camilla will meet with local residents, shopkeepers, student volunteers, buskers, market stallholders and local dance groups
- Attend the 150th Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Show.

Their on-the-road activities will be updated throughout each day of the tour on the Governor-General's website .

Meanwhile, the Prince and Duchess received a warm welcome to Papua New Guinea when they touched down on the weekend.

Several thousand turned up at Port Moresby's Jackson's Airport to witness the arrival of the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

This visit marks Prince Charles's fourth trip to the Pacific island nation since he was a schoolboy in 1966. It is the Duchess of Cornwall's first trip to the nation.

The visit follows months of preparation by the PNG government, which fast-tracked roadworks to patch up the city's cracked and heavily potholed roads along the routes Prince Charles and the Duchess will take on their three-day tour in and around the capital.

The Prince and the Duchess leave PNG today for Australia.