Hair, hair! Kiwis shell out for the royal do

21:09, Nov 11 2012
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IMMACULATE HAIR: The Duchess of Cornwall arrives in New Zealand.

New Zealand taxpayers are paying for the Duchess of Cornwall's hairdresser while she is visiting the country, Prime Minister John Key has revealed.

Charles, the Prince of Wales and his wife Camilla, arrived in New Zealand on Saturday as part of the Queen's Jubilee year celebrations.

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

Key today said details of that cost would be released after the royal couple left New Zealand.

"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," he told Newstalk ZB.

The royal entourage travelled with a hairdresser for the Duchess," Key said.

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

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.

They will spend today in Auckland where they will meet members of the public during a walk down Lower Queen Street to Queens Wharf at lunchtime.

Fairfax Media