Royal couple's Manawatu visit details
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.
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.
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.