Princess Anne has arrived in New Zealand and has sent messages of support to the victims of Cyclone Gabrielle.
On her first day in Aotearoa she toured Wellington’s NCMC bunker this morning, which has been operating since the Auckland floods and is the current central coordination centre for Cyclone Gabrielle.
Prime Minister Chris Hipkins gave Anne a tour of the bunker in Wellington, where she issued a statement saying her thoughts were “with all New Zealanders whose homes or livelihoods have been affected by Cyclone Gabrielle.
Princess Anne’s visit is the first visit to NZ by a member of the royal family since 2019, when then-prince Charles and Camilla travelled during the reign of Queen Elizabeth.
Anne is scheduled to be in the country until Friday, with plans to visit a disabled riding group in Porirua, dedicate a war memorial and meet with the Royal Agricultural Society in Christchurch.