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events 2012-2020

Live Art painting Buckingham Palace in two hours, with help from esteemed guests and the Lady in Waiting and patron, HRH the Duke of Kent for King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes in London.  Live Art Painting of Clarence House with the Duchess of Cornwall.  Artwork display for NZ-UK Link with HRH The Princess Royal (Princess Anne).  Kea Creatives Event in London UK and Style and Nature Exhibition in Bucharest, Romania. 

2015 (Sept) 25 years nz/uk link

HRH Princess Royal (Princess Anne)

London Kiwis join Royalty to Celebrate New Zealand’s Friendship with UK

London Kiwis gathered in the Gherkin this Tuesday with leading New Zealanders from the fields of academia, culture, and business, to celebrate the special friendship between the UK and New Zealand, at the 25th Anniversary of the NZUK Link Foundation.

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, former All Black Zinzan Brooke and the High Commissioner to the UK Sir Lockwood Smith were in attendance, as were many British friends of New Zealand.


The Foundation, originally set up in 1990 as the Waitangi Foundation, exists to enhance links between the two countries. Its series of educational and business exchanges have to date supported over 250 individuals and a number of groups share ideas and excellence across the world.

Foundation Patron, Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, spoke at the event about the enduring and important friendship between Britain and New Zealand. She pointed to the many Kiwi men and women who have made a lasting contribution to the world, and to the UK, and celebrated the achievements of the Foundation.


In the spirit of the Rugby World Cup, she also spoke about the way New Zealand pushes for excellence, be it in sport or winemaking, and its contribution to the world in this way.


Its 25th Anniversary year saw the launch of the first UK academic exchange to New Zealand, following on from the inaugural annual lecture on a topic of cultural significance. With the centenary  commemoration of Gallipoli, the lecture covered the ANZAC contribution to WW1.

Recent New Zealand visiting professors hosted by the Foundation in London have spoken on the issues of health service reform, immigration and pandemics, macroeconomic policy, and early years education.

I was lucky enough to be invited to display my works to give the event a New Zealand flavour and was graciously introduced to Princess Anne.

Photo credit:  Nicola Tree

2014 (Feb) Waitangi Day - Live Art Painting Clarence House with hrh the Duchess of Cornwall

(Camila Parker Bowles)

The Duchess of Cornwall has spoken of her newfound passion for New Zealand following her trip here with Prince Charles last year.

Camilla was speaking to a meeting of New Zealand women (The New Zealand Women’s Association who had gathered to mark Waitangi Day where she initiated a hongi and couldn't stop talking about the country and assisted Mandii Pope with her live painting of Clarence House painting a few of the dining room windows which when finished, will be auctioned for charity later in 2014.