Hair, hair! Kiwis shell out for the royal do

02:45, Nov 12 2012
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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Queen Elizabeth on a walkabout in Buckle Street, Wellington, during a visit in 1986.
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Queen Elizabeth chats with Royal visit director Genevive Jordan during her visit in 2002.
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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip during the Special Session of the New Zealand Parliament during the 1953/54 Royal visit.
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Christchurch people gather outside the Clarendon hotel in the hope of seeing the Duke of Edinburgh, one of Queen Victoria's sons, in 1869.
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Queen Elizabeth at Fieldays Agricultural Show, Hamilton, during her visit in 1970.
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Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, the Duke of Edinburgh, visits New Zealand in 1869.
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The Queen at a children's rally at the Hutt Recreation Reserve, Lower Hutt, 1970.
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Country children give the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh an enthusiastic reception at the public welcome at Lancaster Park, Christchurch, in 1963.
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During their 1974 visit are, from left, Prince Charles, Queen Elizabeth, the Duke of Edinburgh, Princess Anne and her then-husband Captain Mark Phillips.
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The Queen shakes hands with Godfrey Bowen during a visit in 1970 to the West Coast Industries Fair in Greymouth, when she saw a preview of the "History of Wool" production which would be shown at Expo 70 in Japan.
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The Queen receives a bouquet from Juliet Hay, granddaughter of Sir James Hay (centre), chairman of the Christchurch Civic Music Council, during a visit in 1963.
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Queen Elizabeth walks across a muddy Domain, much to the amusement of the crowd during a visit in 1981.
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Queen Elizabeth and Sir Paul Reeves arrive on Waikawa Marae during a visit in 1990.
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Prince William at the 2011 Christchurch earthquake memorial in Hagley Park.
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Prince William greets the crowd in 2011.
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Prime Minister John Key with Prince William during a visit in 2010.
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Princess Diana and Prince Charles near Wainuiomata in 1983.
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Queen Elizabeth in Dunedin with mayor Sir James Barnes, 1977.

Prince Charles' spokesman has quelled suggestions New Zealand taxpayers are paying for the Duchess of Cornwall's hair do, saying only the hairdresser's travel-related costs are being met.

The issue was raised today when Prime Minister John Key confirmed a hairdresser was part of the official entourage travelling with Charles, Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, who arrived in New Zealand on Saturday as part of the Queen's Jubilee year celebrations.

The New Zealand Government was paying for the associated costs of their six-day visit.

Prince Charles with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shake hands with Kiwi veterans from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key shake hands with Kiwi veterans from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, with NZ Prime Minister John Key and his wife Bronagh (left) brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, brave the breeze during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles enjoys a moment with a Kiwi veteran from the British Airborne Forces during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fan "Major Blunder" turned out in his full finery to see Prince Charles and Camilla during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fan "Major Blunder" turned out in his full finery to see Prince Charles and Camilla during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fans during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Royal fans during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles lays a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles lays a wreath at the foot of the cenotaph during the Armistice Day commemorations outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, meets members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles shakes hands with members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
Prince Charles shakes hands with members of the public after the Armistice Day commemoration service held outside the Auckland War Memorial Museum.
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Prince Charles and Mayor Len Brown at the Bruce Mason Centre.
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The Duchess of Cornwall with children of the Lake View Private Kindergarten at the Bruce Mason Centre.
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A mobile billboard from a protest group following the Prince and Duchess.
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The royal party scurry across a wharf in the rain.
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Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall arrive at the AUT Millenium Institute in Mairangi Bay on Auckland's North Shore earlier this morning.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
Charles and Camilla in NZ
Prince Charles arrives at the naval base in Stanley Bay before heading across the Waitemata harbour in a coast guard vessel.
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Prince Charles pays a visit to the northern communications coast guard centre at Mechanics Bay, meeting and greeting volunteers from across the north island.

Key said he could only release details of the cost of the trip after the royal couple left New Zealand.

"They have quite a lot of staff and that is appropriate, sort of what they need given the number of functions," he told Newstalk ZB.

"The reality is it costs quite a lot but I think that is realistic when you think how far they are coming and the number of people they bring, the size of the operation. The size is significant."

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However, Prince Charles' press secretary Patrick Harrison today said the prince paid the salary of the hairdresser and the New Zealand Government was only picking up the "in country costs".

That included his travel on a New Zealand Air Force aircraft and accommodation at Government House, Harrison said.

Key greeted the royal couple when they landed at Whenuapai Air Base on Saturday night.

Charles, whom he described as "thoroughly charming", was last in New Zealand in 2005. ;It is Camilla's first trip here. The royal couple were spending today in Auckland.

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