Day Four: Prince Harry in New Zealand – ‘gingers rule’

Prince Harry is just over half way through his New Zealand, and spent the night in Christchurch yesterday. Royal news.

Harry travelled on the same tram as his grandmother did in 1995 and posed with her photo.


Captain Wales spent time looking around Quake City and learning about how the 2011 earthquake affected the city, and how the recovery had been going.  Quake City is a multi-sensory attraction, including videos, tactile objects and activities, to help the public learn about the science behind earthquake.

At Canterbury University, the Prince met with the Student Volunteer Army who helped clean up Christchurch following the natural disaster. The volunteers sat and spoke with Harry, sitting in upturned wheelbarrows, as the group had done to plan after the earthquake.


He then had a go at a spot of gardening in the rain with students, and painted a sign for protection of the ocean with the students. He left a message on a university sign saying ‘Thanks for having me! Sorry about the weather! Best wishes, Harry’.

Crowds again proved the Prince popular, with many waiting hours to see the 5th-in-line to the throne. A number of young children and babies were waiting. A youngster, 6, held a sign that said ‘Keep Calm, Ginger is the Spice of life’.

Harry spoke with the little one, who also had red hair and said to him: ‘Gingers rules. Don’t ever let anyone hassle you about it and hang that sign up above your bed.’ Harry treated those outside with cupcakes.


During the day, Harry met his former matron at school; Vicki McBratney, who worked at Ludgrove, said the 30-year-old was ‘cheeky, not naughty’ at school.

The Prince’s laid back attitude to his tour has been seen again, with Harry popping into a local gym after his day in Christchurch. He happily posed photos with other gym-buffs.

Prince Henry of Wales will tomorrow be heading to Linton Military Base.

Photos: Government House New Zealand

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