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As it happened: Prince Harry hands out cupcakes to the crowd

Day four of our coverage of Prince Harry's tour of New Zealand has now finished.

Our coverage of his tour of the country will continue tomorrow. You can take a look at how his day in Christchurch unfolded below.

5:35pm: Visiting Canterbury University this afternoon Prince Harry has told the Student Volunteer Army (SVA) that "community comes first".

The prince spoke of how people were often more familiar with what was happening on social media sites like Facebook than what happened in their own communities.

"Everyone seems to be more connected with the world than with their own community," he said.

Harry heard from members of the SVA about its idea for a national service day - encouraging people around the country to give back to their communities.

"It's little things like that that make such a difference," he said.

Harry said he believed there were many former military people who still wanted to give back to their countries, so did so through volunteering, like the SVA did for Canterbury following its earthquake.

He believed the SVA model should be "replicated across the world".

Student Florence Hinder showed Harry the SVA's bike restoration project.

"It's about getting old bikes from the university that are left around, restoring them with students and giving them out to people who've had their bikes stolen."

Harry told her he "needed a bike" and was presented with a special gold-coloured model the SVA had restored especially for him.

#PrinceHarry talking to Student Volunteer Army members and looking at the bike restoration project #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/NBN9FjniGc

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

"If he is willing to take it we'll happily give it to him, otherwise we'll auction it for Vanuatu," Hinder said.

Students and flatmates Stephanie Russell, Isabelle Smith and Sophie Smith showed Harry how the SVA's "green platoon" worked.

The gardening-based project sent students out to help members of the public with work that needed to be done in their gardens.

Harry had a go at planting a vegetable plant in a wooden planter box, which would later be donated to the Riccarton Community Garden.

"He told us he made a really good vegetable soup," Isabelle Smith said. "The girls in the crowd loved it. They said they could make a really good vegetable soup too."

Harry checked out a few other displays, including a food bank project involving Cobham Intermediate pupils and the SVA, and one from university students supporting Nepal following that country's magnitude-7.8 earthquake on April 25.

Harry shook his head at several members of the media who accidentally knocked over a message spelt out on the ground using tea-light candles.

The message read "NZ 4 Nepal".

Harry was then able to meet more members of the crowd, shaking hands and offering them cupcakes baked by students.

Hannah Frauenstein cheekily asked for the flowers Harry was holding, instead of a cupcake.

"He was the first boy to give me flowers," she said.

"It's love - definitely worth the hail."

Many students seemed reluctant to eat the cupcakes given to them by the prince.

"Why aren't you eating them" he asked one group.

As the prince left the university, Sophie Smith said the visit had been "divine".

"I didn't care about him before, but I do now."

4:30pm: Prince Harry has spent the afternoon at the University of Canterbury where he's been involved in a host of activities from gardening and meeting the Student Volunteer Army to handing out cup cakes.

Prince Harry hands out cupcakes to the crowd #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/MhZc3TGh4f

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2015

#PrinceHarry has a group photo with students #RoyalVisitNZ #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/fG3lZyppe4

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

#PrinceHarry gardening in the rain at the University of Canterbury #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/u1TlPpxQNx

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

3:15pm: Prince Harry has arrived at the University of Canterbury where he's met with the Student Volunteer Army (SVA). Harry sat on an upturned green wheelbarrow and was told about the origins of the SVA.

#PrinceHarry arrives at the University of Canterbury to meet the Student Volunteer Army #RoyalVisitNZ #Christchurch pic.twitter.com/lfkn26Zs1u

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

 

Sat on upturned wheelbarrows, @ucvolunteerarmy tell Prince Harry about the origins of the SVA #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/2X7jcFQs3x

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2015

2:45pm: Fans waiting for a glimpse of Prince Harry on his arrival at the University of Canterbury have been left freezing as heavy rain, hail, thunder and lightning struck Christchurch.

1:30pm: Prince Harry has departed Cashel Street in Christchurch's CBD after huge crowds turned out to see him.  The prince is scheduled to visit the Student Volunteer Army at the University of Canterbury at 3pm.

 

#PrinceHarry receives lots of gifts from the #Christchurch people. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/njalICcnCo

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

12.55pm: Huge crowds have flocked to the Christchurch CBD to catch a glimpse of Prince Harry.

Huge turnout to get a glimpse of #PrinceHarry in #Christchurch today. #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/BPttAaTEBW

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

 

Prince Harry meets members of the public in Christchurch on the fourth day of #RoyalVisitNZ https://t.co/HevNGn0kF1

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2015

 

Saying hello to a little girl wearing a tiara #RoyalVisitNZ #PrinceHarry pic.twitter.com/AeUXd6Fqur

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

 

Much excitement in #Christchurch today as #PrinceHarry meets the locals #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/5ohr84SlbF

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

12.33pm: Harry has left Quake City and is now greeting excited Canterbury fans on the streets of Christchurch.

The #Christchurch crowds are excited to see #PrinceHarry! #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/b9FX3X2YCy

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

12.20pm: Prince Harry is meeting firefighter Scott Shadbolt, who was awarded the NZ medal for bravery from The Queen for earthquake response, and Geoff Burns, a forensic photographer within disaster victim identification teams.

HRH with firefighter Scott Shadbolt who was awarded the NZ medal for bravery from The Queen for earthquake response pic.twitter.com/x8IRn5I86r

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2015

 

#PrinceHarry meets Geoff Burns, forensic photographer within disaster victim identification teams #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/gMyfYCnSmo

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

12.15pm: Captain Wales has met NZ Defence Force artist Captain Gaudie, whose artwork depicts the NZDF involvement in the immediate recovery efforts to the Christchurch earthquakes.

With @NZDefenceForce artist Capt Gaudie whose artwork depicts the NZDF involvement in the immediate recovery efforts pic.twitter.com/EytautEo08

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 12, 2015

12.05pm: Prince Harry is now touring Quake City, a museum about the Canterbury earthquakes.

#PrinceHarry is shown around Quake City #Christchurch #RoyalVisitNZ pic.twitter.com/jWonTWP50M

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 12, 2015

 

#PrinceHarry with a picture of the Queen onboard the tram #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/FzEWx4wOw5

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

 

#PrinceHarry boards a tram and heads off to Quake City #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/rPTx3PRXqq

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

 

#PrinceHarry is met by Rt Hon John Key and Hon Gerry Brownlee #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/J8GZuN3JpR

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

11.45am: Prince Harry has hoped on the New Regent Street tram with Prime Minister John Key and Gerry Brownlee.

Crowds are gathering to see #PrinceHarry take the tram at New Regent Street! #Christchurch#RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/2AH5x9Y1UG

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

11.05am: Royal correspondent Robert Jobson says Prince Harry is running about 30 minutes late for the Quake City engagement.

#PrinceHarry running about 30 minutes late for #QuakeCity engagement #NewZealand#RoyalVisitNZ

— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) May 11, 2015

 

Coffee shop in ReStart mall is ready for #princeharrypic.twitter.com/FoNWWkBTPl

— Nicole Mathewson (@NicoleMathewson) May 11, 2015

 

The great wait. #PrinceHarry#RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/cUBlX1u3mr

— Emma Cropper (@EmmaRoseCropper) May 11, 2015

10:54am: Police dogs are checking Cathedral Square ahead of the royal's arrival and fans are lining the streets with messages for the prince.

Prince Harry always draws a crowd! He'll be arriving in Christchurch shortly... pic.twitter.com/fBz96TgUmk

— Chris Urquhart (@chrisurquhart) May 11, 2015

 

And a better version - police checking Cathedral Square ahead of Prince Harry's arrival - via Joe Johnson pic.twitter.com/R8Iocwd2S3

— Nicole Mathewson (@NicoleMathewson) May 11, 2015

10.42am: Crowds are begging to assemble to greet Prince Harry on Cashel St in Christchurch.

#Christchurch is preparing to welcome #PrinceHarry! #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/B5iWFWsDgt

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

 

Crowds gathering for #PrinceHarry here @ Cashel Street #RoyalVisitNZpic.twitter.com/JIMRNMI6ST

— Emma Cropper (@EmmaRoseCropper) May 11, 2015

 

Ready to report live from #QuakeCity#Christchurch#NewZealand for @morningshowon7 on #PrinceHarry#RoyalTourNZpic.twitter.com/XQN02tROux

— Robert Jobson (@theroyaleditor) May 11, 2015

9.15am: Prince Harry arrives at 11am at the RNZAF base on Orchard Rd and will be doing a public walkabout at Cashel Mall Re:START at 12.20pm.

Prince Harry will be in Christchurch today! He arrives at 11am at the RNZAF Base on Orchard Rd and will be doing... http://t.co/VJUHiJZi20

— Christchurch Airport (@CHC_Airport) May 11, 2015

 

Prince Harry will spend the fourth day of #RoyalVisitNZ in #Christchurch, visiting the #QuakeCity exhibition and @ucvolunteerarmy@UCNZ

— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) May 11, 2015

8.45am: Breakfast reporter Hannah Mills says Prince Harry's visit to Christchurch will be the fourth time a royal family member will be visiting the city since the 2011 quakes.

She said several retailers were getting into the royal spirit.

8.00am: Today he will meet with Prime Minister John Key and tour Christchurch, taking a tram ride to Cashel St and Quake City, where he will go on a walkabout and meet the public at the Re:Start Mall.

Later he is scheduled to visit the University of Canterbury.

#PrinceHarry will be in #Christchurch today! See him at 12.20pm at Re:Start Mall! #RoyalVisitNZ#NewZealandpic.twitter.com/rhdSnkGaf0

— Governor-General NZ (@GovGeneralNZ) May 11, 2015

The weather didn’t stop hardy Cantabrians from turning out in big numbers to welcome the prince. Source: 1 NEWS


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