Prince Charles' New Zealand visit cost $766k

00:20, Dec 12 2012
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Prince Charles and Camilla begin their visit to Wellington with an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles inspects New Zealand armed forces at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles shares a joke with an officer an official ceremony at Government House.
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Prince Charles with Sir Jerry Mateparae at Government House, with Camilla and Sir Jerry's wife Janine talking in the background.
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A kapa haka group performs at Government House for Prince Charles with Camilla's visit to Wellington.
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Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine with Prince Charles and Camilla at the new visitor centre at Government House in Wellington.
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Prince Charles with Camilla leave Government House during their visit to Wellington.
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Camilla meets Donny Shermond and two-year-old chihuahua Amigo on the Wellington Waterfront during her tour with husband Prince Charles.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles while deputy mayor Ian McKinnon talks to Camilla in the background.
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Government House kitchen staff look out at an official ceremony for Prince Charles and Camilla's Wellington visit.
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Prince Charles laughs as he talks to school girls on the Wellington waterfront during a stroll.
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Prince Charles shares a hongi with a member of the waka team which paddled up the Thames.
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Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown talks with Prince Charles.
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Prince Charles looks Weta Workshop creations with Sir Richard Taylor, left, and Sir Peter Jackson.
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Prince Charles is greeted by The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow, while Sir Richard Taylor looks on.
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Prince Charles talks with The Hobbit actor Mark Hadlow at the Weta Workshop in Wellington.
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Prince Charles and Camilla with Sir Jerry Mateparae and wife Janine cut into one of 64 kiwiana-themed cakes created for his 64th birthday.
Prince Charles' birthday cake
Prince Charles' birthday cake

The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall’s visit to New Zealand last month cost tax payers $766,000, about two thirds of what was budgeted.

Prince Charles and his wife Camilla visited New Zealand last month in recognition of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year.

The Department of Internal Affairs had budgeted $1.05 million for the trip but said today that the trip cost $766,000.

The cost for two international and four domestic flights on a Royal New Zealand Air Force plane and security from New Zealand police were not included in the total costs.

The most expensive cost was in salaries, at $287,000.

This included payments to event advisers, household support, media managers and security personnel.  A New Zealand artist was attached to the delegation at the personal expense of The Prince of Wales. 

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An “advance visit” cost $103,000, travel $93,000 and VIP and ground support came to $78,000.

The advance visit, the second highest cost, was a visit by a party from Clarence House in order to review the nature of proposed events, household support, media provisions and security measures, the department said.

New Zealand agreed to meet the costs of Camilla and Charle’s and 15 members of their delegation following conversations with Clarence House.

New Zealand paid for half of the party’s costs from the United Kingdom while the Australian government paid for the other half.

Travel in New Zealand and from Canberra and to Singapore was covered by the air force, which required no additional budget, the department said. 

“The travel was covered by the annual flying hours requirement for Boeing 757 crews to maintain their specified competencies.  Related defence costs were likewise standard components of military training, skills and operational requirements.  Security operations undertaken by New Zealand Police were also covered within their normal operational budget.

“Full use was made of Government House in Auckland, and again in Wellington, to accommodate Their Royal Highnesses and immediate members of the royal household.  Mirroring the approach also adopted in Australia, other members of the delegation and New Zealand counterparts stayed in city hotels.”

Tax payers also covered the costs of 11 foreign media representatives’ ground transport and also accommodated them on three air force flights.

The Dominion Post