The Dutch King and Queen have arrived in New Zealand for a short 4 day tour of New Zealand.
The royal couple are part of 50 persons trade group that have come to New Zealand to look to expanding their trading ties.
The Netherlands is New Zealand’s fourth largest trading partner in the European Union, and Europe’s biggest investor here.
They will take part in a wreath-laying ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park and go on to visit Sir Peter Jackson’s Great War Exhibition nearby. They have meetings with Prime Minister John Key and Labour leader Andrew Little at parliament during the afternoon.
Wellington’s film industry will be on show during a visit to Park Road Post, the film production facility in Miramar, and this evening there’s a state dinner at Government House.
It’s the couple’s first visit to New Zealand as King and Queen and they will be here until Wednesday (today). They visited in November 2006 before the investiture of King Willem-Alexander in 2013, and Queen Beatrix made a state visit in 1992.