It was from the air on Wednesday that the Royal visitor to New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, caught her first glimpse of Napier -- a wildly excited Napier.
S.V. The Queen Mother arriving at Molean Park, Napier.
S.C.U. Children watching.
S.C.U. The Queen Mother meeting the Mayor and his wife.
Front V.Towards. The Queen Mother walking with the Mayor and his wife.
S.V. Children applauding.
G.V. The Queen Mother in the stands.
S.V. Maori children performing a dance.
S.V. Crowd applauding.
L.V.Pan The tree chopping competition.
Nearer V. Ditto.
S.C.U. No.6.succeeds in chopping his log.
L.V. The Maori axemen using the underhand chop.
S.C.U. Maori axemen.
S.C.U. The Queen Mother talking with the winners of the competition.
S.V. The Queen Mother saying her farewells.
S.V.Pan Queen Mother's car drives away.
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Background: It was from the air on Wednesday that the Royal visitor to New Zealand, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, caught her first glimpse of Napier -- a wildly excited Napier.
A spotted coat of cyster chiffon over a frock of the same material... and flags and people...an open car with her Majesty's standard. Such was the arrival at Napier's Maclean Park on this, her fourth day in the North Island.
Then began the official part of the day..there was the Mayor to meet for a start...and his wife. The host at the City's main park was intense,and cool summer dress was the order of the day...with plenty to remind the visitor of her native Scotland. But this was essentially a day of informality, with some of the huskiest men of the Hawks's Bay country. Six of New Zealand's best axmen had the chips flying from their keen blades.
Maoris too...and the axmen put on a brilliant display...the underhand chop came next...men who'd journeyed from faraway towns to show their prowess.
A school holiday in Napier... a great day, too, for the men singled out to meet Her Majesty. There was a whole host of incidents showing the determination of Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother to give her visit a note of real informality; see as many people as possible. Time for going... and, on Her Majesty's instructions, the drive sack to Napier and through its streets was a slow one.
Stately Greenhills Homestead...with the Royal car coming up the drive. This, in fact, was where able as to spend the night...and over Greenhills, a Royal standard to proclaim her arrival. Her Majesty was welcome by the owner, Mr Hudson, and his wife. Then came lunch, and afterwards, for the Maori shearers, a big occasion. For, to see them at work, there was this royal lady from Britain. Without further ado, the exhibition of high-speed experts got under way.
The deft and rapid work of the "Fleecos" at Greenhill also caught the eye of the royal visitor who was seeing a New Zealand shearing shed at work for the first time.
And, of course, the wool presses amid the hum and whirr of machines. For Her Majesty, a day around will interest-- they day she spent at a country homestead near Napier