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Police to meet the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on final day in New Zealand

Members of the New Zealand police force will welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to The Royal New Zealand Police College in Porirua on the final day of their tour of the country.


Among those attending the welcome will be serving members of the No 25 HRH Prince of Wales Cadet Wing, who also participated at the opening ceremony of the College 33 years ago in April 1981.

However, times have changed since 1981 and William and Catherine will witness a more modern style of policing, as staff will showcase their skills and capabilities to the royal couple at the College.

The visit will begin with The Duke and Duchess acknowledging the sacrifice of 29 officers from the New Zealand Police who have been killed during the course of their duties. This will be accompanied by a Mihi and Karakia, a traditional Maori greeting and prayer, with music from the police Kapa Haka group.

The Royals will then view police recruits training from close up and move onto the parade ground for a policing and dog handling demonstration.

Speaking about the visit, Commissioner Mike Bush said: “We have much to be proud of in New Zealand Police and it is a great honour and privilege to host the Duke and Duchess”.

“The College deeply values its association with the Royal family and we look forward to showing them how modern policing works, particularly our focus on prevention and victims”.

The College aims to equip staff with the skills needed to contribute to the Police vision, mission and objectives. It was originally opened by Prince Charles in 1981, and the College had its Royal title conferred later on in 1986 by Her Majesty The Queen during her visit for the Police Centenary celebrations.

This is the last engagement the Duke and Duchess will attend in New Zealand before they depart from Wellington Airport for a three hour flight to Sydney for the next leg of their tour.

Photo Credit: Government House, New Zealand

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