Sealegs for prince

18:34, Oct 25 2012
Prince Charles
Prince Charles

Prince Charles will ride on the Hibiscus Coastguard's Sealegs amphibious rescue boat when he visits with Camilla next month.

He will travel from Devonport across the Waitemata Harbour on Hibiscus Rescue Two to Auckland's Marine Rescue Centre at Mechanic's Bay on November 12 before visiting Britomart.

The long-standing patron of Coastguard New Zealand will pay tribute at the northern region communications and rescue centre to a network of nearly 2500 trained volunteers who offer 350,000 hours of their time annually.

The prince and the Duchess of Cornwall are here from November 10 to 16 to mark the Queen's diamond jubilee after they visit Papua New Guinea and Australia.

Coastguard NZ chief executive Patrick Holmes says: "The Coastguard would not be what it is today without the hard work, passion and skills of our volunteers who give up their time and risk their lives to ensure New Zealand boaties are kept safe.

"The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet Prince Charles provides us with an opportunity to recognise and reward their efforts," he says.

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The prince and duchess will meet people who contribute to the community, including veterans and military personnel on Armistice Day in Auckland.

Other key themes of the visit are economic growth and innovation, youth enterprise, a celebration of sport in the community and ongoing support for the New Zealand Defence Force.

A number of events will also reflect her royal highness' particular interests in literacy and animal welfare.

The programme includes extensive opportunities for public participation and details will be announced in coming weeks.

The royals will visit schools, youth and sports centres, military bases, a special birthday party in Wellington hosted by Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, and attend the 150th Canterbury agricultural and pastoral show.

They also hope to spend some private time together experiencing the sights.

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