55 days ago

1983: The last great royal tour

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Good morning neighbours, an old gem for you...

Around 20,000 people came out to watch the Prince and Princess of Wales do a walkabout in Cathedral Square on April 28, 1983, despite “chilly, intermittent and penetrating rain”, but The Press also wondered if royal tours were approaching their use-by date.

The tone of the paper’s editorial was very different from that struck 30 years earlier, when the Queen toured.

“Rapid communications and travel have removed much of the novelty from Royal appearances in New Zealand,” The Press said. “The charm and interest remain enhanced this time by the presence of the future Queen, Princess Diana, and the baby who could some day be King William V.”

The Press looked into the future: “Before the end of the century Prince Charles can probably expect to be King Charles III. His son, at present in Auckland, may well still be on the throne in the unimaginable world of the year 2050.

“Although New Zealand has not the vigorous republican movement evident in Australia, the question is reasonably asked here whether an​ hereditary monarch, living 12,000 miles away, will continue to be the most appropriate head of State for New Zealand.”

Despite this, every move was still recorded and star power was very evident, as The Press reported.

“A faint touch of blue shone through the clouds about 10 minutes before the end of the walkabout. It highlighted the Princess’ hair and brought favourable comments from a cluster of young girls.

“Many people were surprised at how tall and slender the Princess is. ‘Her face is thinner than I expected, but much prettier,’ said one woman.

“The glowing natural complexion of the Princess needed little highlight, just a glimmer of gold eye-shadow, a touch of mascara, and a subtle lip-colouring.”

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1 day ago

Would you queue to be first to order at South Island's first Taco Bell?

Jake Kenny Reporter from Community News

Happy Monday neighbours,

The tacos have landed.

Taco Bell superfan Jessa Arcayera, 18, waited 90 minutes in line to get her hands on her favourite Taco Bell order: a beefy cheese burrito, crunchy taco wrap, cinnamon twists, fries and a Coke.

She was one of nearly 100 eager customers who donned taco shell hats and T-shirts outside the Taco Bell Eastgate store in Linwood, Christchurch – the South Island’s first – as they waited for the big purple bell to be rung and ribbon to be cut.

Would you queue to be first to order at the South Island's first Taco Bell?

15 hours ago

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Kia ora koutou!

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