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Melissa Porter | 30 October, 2018, 00:57

- The Duchess of Sussex, as she and The Duke joined PM @JacindaArdern and @GovGeneralNZ Dame Patsy Reddy to celebrate the 125th anniversary of women's suffrage in New Zealand.

"Everyone needs someone to turn to right?"

Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are in Sydney promoting the Invictus Games, which Harry started in 2014 for wounded veterans. Suffrage is not simply about the right to vote, but also about what that represents: "the basic and fundamental human right of being able to participate in the choices for your future and that of your community", she told the crowd at Government House in Wellington.

Co-founder Jamie Selkirk says he told the Duchess, who's a former actress best known for her role in U.S. drama Suits, about a short film competition that helps spot budding creatives.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says Aucklanders are looking forward to welcoming Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, to the city on 30 October.

"Bravo New Zealand for championing the right of women to vote 125 years ago".

The pair took a stroll on the nearby golden-sand beach, with Harry wearing a black puffer jacket and Meghan in a black Seasalt coat.

The couple's busy royal tour is comig to a close, and in a total of 16 days they have visited Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga.

After the arrival ceremony, their first engagement was a visit to the Pukeahu National War Memorial Park, where they laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior. The couple is due to visit a kiwi hatchery later on their trip. They also met with Ezekiel Raui, the founder of Te Kotahi, a peer-support mental health program.

Department of Conservation ranger Andrew Lamason will be showing Harry and Meghan around the park's bays and says he will talk to them about conservation efforts in the area.

Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP Meghan Markle receives a "hongi", a traditional Maori welcome, on the lawns of Government House in Wellington, New Zealand on Sunday.