THE ORCHARDIST OF N.Z. March 5, 1963.
FRUITGROWING INDUSTRY HONOURED
Royalty’s Interest In 0rchard Procedure
THE recent visit by Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh to a typical New Zealand orchard establishment will be appreciated by fruitgrowers as a gracious compliment to the whole industry; especially so, when it is considered that the visit was made possible notwithstanding the Royal couple’s programme of engagements having necessarily been heavily restricted because of their very brief stay in this country.
A typical example of a well-kept, up-to-date New Zealand orchard, Mr. Arch. A. Wake’s property in St. George’s Road, Hastings, could scarcely have been bettered as the venue of such an event, nor could the domestic atmosphere of the average New Zealand orchardist’s home have been more realistically conveyed than was done by Mr. and Mrs. Wake and their family.
Hillview Orchard, as Mr. Wake’s property is known, was in showcase order for the occasion with just that extra polish having been given to everything in furtherance of its ambassadorial job for the fruitgrowing industry. Velvet-smooth lawns and ﬂower beds ablaze with colour provided an inspiring frontispiece to the Hillview home and outbuildings. The orchard itself, the packing shed, harvesting equipment, and all else connected with the establishment betokened orcharding efﬁciency.
The occasion obviously was welcomed by the Royal visitors as a temporary release from the formality which protocol generally demands in engagements of a more ofﬁcial nature.
Throughout the visit, the Queen and his Royal Highness made themselves part of a friendly group, mingling with their host and hostess and members of the Wake family and discussing with workers in the orchard and the packing shed various aspects of their respective jobs.
The Minister of Internal Affairs, Sir Leon Gotz, presented to the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, Mr. and Mrs. Wake, Mr. and Mrs. Graham Wake, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Wake, and Mr. and Mrs. Noel B. Congdon. (Mrs. Congdon is Mr. and Mrs. Wake’s daughter). Immediately after the introductions the Queen, with a beaming smile, remarked, “A family affair, Mr. Wake ?”
In conversation with “The Orchardist” subsequent to Royal visit, Mr. Wake, answering a question as to whether he experienced any nervousness at the prospect of entertaining Royalty, said that while Mrs. Wake and he were awaiting the arrival of Her Majesty and the Duke it did run through his mind that presently he would actually be greeting the Queen of England. “But just then the cars turned into the drive, and the moment the Queen stepped from her car and smiled, I knew it was going to be good. I knew that everything would be reasonably informal and friendly – an easy visit,” he said.
On arrival at Hillview Orchard the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were met by the Minister of Internal Affairs (Sir Leon Gotz), who presented Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Wake and family. Photo shows (left to right): Sir Leon Gotz, Mr. A. A. Wake (partly obscured), the Queen, the Duke, Mr. and Mrs. Graham Wake, Mr. and Mrs. Colin Wake, Mr. and Mrs. Noel Congdon.