Plenty apply to party like a prince
More than 1000 people have put their names forward to share their birthday with Prince Charles at Government House.
The prince and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are to visit New Zealand between November 10 and 16 as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The prince's birthday is on November 14, as is Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae's.
To mark the occasion, Sir Jerry has invited New Zealanders older than 18 who also share the birthday to put their names forward for a Kiwiana-themed party at Government House.
The response to attend the birthday party had been overwhelming, Government House spokesman Antony Paltridge said. He said more than 1000 applications had been received from across the country, from ''some turning 18 on the day to one who will be more than 100 years old''.
Mr Paltridge said that with applications closing today at 5pm, he expected a last-minute surge.
Details for the birthday party are being kept quiet, though there will be a strong Kiwi flavour in both music and food.
Sir Jerry previously hinted that whitebait, asparagus, lamb and pavlova were among possible menu items.
Government House officials have asked that those selected to attend not bring gifts.
A ballot will be held this month to decide which applicants will be invited to attend. Those selected will be sent a letter before the list is published online.
Criteria: aged over 18, born on November 14
Application forms: www.gg.govt.nz
Applications close: 5pm today
- The Dominion Post