Prince Philip has been remembered fondly for his warmth and down to earth personality by many New Zealanders across the country after dying last night, aged 99.
The Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards have been a major part of Gemma Thompson's life, having received her Gold Award from Prince Philip himself in 2002.
“He was really down to earth and actually took the time to talk to people,” Thompson recalled.
Twenty years on, she's an award leader, helping Kiwi kids push their limits and realise their potential.
“It's going to have a huge hit on us knowing that there's going to be someone new coming in eventually,” she said.
The awards and his regular visits weren't the Duke’s only ties to New Zealand, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying the British royal “had a connection to a number of New Zealand organisations, both as patrons and supporters”.
"It will be a hugely significant loss for New Zealand, and those organisations that were supported by Prince Philip," she siad.
New Zealand Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy remembered fondly a private lunch with the Prince and Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace in 2016.
“They put us at our ease. He was witty; he was interested and interesting,” she said.