Coastguard volunteers honoured to attend Reception at Buckingham


Coastguard CEO Patrick Holmes welcoming the Prince of Wales during his visit to New Zealand in 2012.

Coastguard volunteers Mike Purchase, Barry Grouby, and Ross McKenzie will attend a special Reception at Buckingham Palace this May, to celebrate the work of Coastguard’s Patron – His Royal Highness, the Prince of Wales.

The event coincides with the 70th birthday of the Prince of Wales, and will be held in the gardens of Buckingham Palace to celebrate the work of His Royal Highness's Patronages, Charities and Military affiliations and others involved in public service.

“We are incredibly honoured to have such a high calibre of volunteers representing Coastguard at the reception at Buckingham Palace,” says Coastguard CEO, Patrick Holmes.

“Mike, Barry and Ross are all exceptional volunteers who have contributed their time, energy and talents into their units to a remarkable degree, and will represent us with pride at this prestigious event.”

Mike, Barry and Ross are all Presidents of their respective units – Coastguard Auckland, Coastguard Rotorua Lakes and Coastguard Riverton. They are also all Masters of their rescue vessels, and between them they have over 30 years’ experience volunteering for Coastguard.

They will travel to London in time for the reception, held on Tuesday 22 May 2018.

The Prince of Wales has played an important role in Coastguard’s history, becoming the organisation’s Patron in 1985 when it officially became the Royal New Zealand Coastguard Federation. He also visited Coastguard during his tour of New Zealand in 2012 and has always supported Coastguard’s mission of saving lives at sea.

“I was honoured to meet His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales on his most recent visit to New Zealand and I know that our volunteers and their partners are very excited about the prospect of attending the Reception,” says Mr Holmes.

“To have them represented on an international stage at a significant celebration is a huge boon for Coastguard and New Zealand in general.”

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