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Auckland visit - Day one

Dame Patsy and Sir David are in Auckland for most of this week. Their first visit was to Tourism New Zealand for a chat with CEO Stephen England-Hall and GM NZ and Government Relations Billie Hall about how the organisation has turned its focus from promoting New Zealand overseas to encouraging New Zealanders to see more of their own country. 

Information on "Do Something New, New Zealand"

Next Dame Patsy and Sir David headed to Pet Refuge. The brainchild of Kids Can founder Julie Chapman, Pet Refuge will provide temporary shelter for pets affected by domestic violence, keeping them safe while their owners escape abuse. Dame Patsy viewed the building site and also met some of Julie's own rescue animals.

Pet Refuge website

The last meeting of the day was with Auckland City Mayor Phil Goff for a briefing on the impact of Covid-19 on the city and some of the other challenges currently being faced.

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Image of Dame Patsy and Sir David chatting with Auckland City Mayor, Phil Goff

Image of Julie Chapman of Pet Refuge and her cat Layla, who was born with no eyes


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