Royal couple's Manawatu visit details

18:51, Nov 14 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

Massey University is set to welcome the Duchess of Cornwall to its Palmerston North campus tomorrow as part of the royal visit to Manawatu.

Camilla will visit Wildbase and Massey’s equine centre following the Diamond Jubilee Farmers Market in Feilding.

Prince Charles will go from Feilding to a Manawatu farm, and the couple will meet again later at Ohakea.

Deputy vice-chancellor Professor Robert Anderson said the Duchess’s visit reflected her particular interest in animal welfare, and highlighted Massey’s strengths in areas of equine research, veterinary teaching, animal health and specialist wildlife rehabilitation.

‘‘I have no doubt she will be impressed by the leading-edge work we are doing in teaching and research, particularly with New Zealand wildlife and horses.’’

Prof Anderson is also the College of Sciences pro vice-chancellor and will help welcome Camilla to Massey, along with university chancellor Dr Russell Ballard and Palmerston North Mayor Jono Naylor.

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Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences head Professor Frazer Allan will then lead a tour of Massey’s veterinary teaching hospital – New Zealand’s only vet school – where Camilla will meet staff and students working with companion animals and native wildlife.

Plans for the $75 million upgrade and extension of the school will be discussed and Associate Professor Brett Gartrell will share insight into the work of specialist wildlife veterinarians at Wildbase, where injured and sick native and endemic species are treated and rehabilitated.

Wildbase staff are recognised world leaders in treating birds and marine mammals caught in oil spills, such as the Rena grounding near Tauranga last year.

At the university’s Equestrian Centre, she will be hosted by assistant vice-chancellor and university registrar Stuart Morriss.

She will watch a show-jumping clinic run by elite coach and former New Zealand Olympian John Cottle for Team Massey riders.

The riders include education student Chloe Akers and science graduate Helen Bruce, who were part of the New Zealand Universities team that won bronze at the World University Equestrian Games in Germany in August.

The equestrian centre can accommodate up to 40 horses. It attracts top riders to study at Massey and supports the Bachelor of AgriScience Equine major, the only equine degree in New Zealand.

BROLLY  WEATHER

The royal umbrella may be needed tomorrow as showers are expected for the royal tour of Manawatu.

There will be little risk of sunburn and hats may need a helping hand to stay put.

As part of the celebration of the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Feilding tomorrow.

MetService weather forecaster Philippa Murdoch said it was expected to be a cloudy day with scattered showers around the higher ground.

After touring Feilding and its Farmers Market, Prince Charles will be heading to a Manawatu farm while Camilla will travel to Massey to visit the Equine Centre and Wildbase.

As well as a possible appearance of rain, there will be some north-westerly winds which will die out during the day.

But it will be mild, with temperatures around 18 degrees Celsius.

Thousands of people are expected to line the streets of Feilding and around the central business district when the royal couple arrive just after noon.

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