PM Jacinda Ardern reveals NZ's wedding gift for Prince Harry and Meghan

scandal 14/05/2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has revealed the chosen wedding gift from New Zealand to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on their wedding day.

Our little country will gift $5000 on the couple's behalf to Pillars, a NZ charity supporting children of prisoners.

The Royal couple announced they wanted well-wishers to make charitable donations rather than send them any wedding presents.

Ms Ardern made the announcement at the post-Cabinet news conference on Monday afternoon.

"The couple were happy that their wedding will be acknowledged in New Zealand by a donation to Pillars, which provides fantastic support to a group of very vulnerable children," Jacinda Ardern said.

"The wedding this weekend also coincides with the 30th anniversary of Pillars."

Pillars chief executive Vera McFelin told Newshub the staff at the charity were "absolutely thrilled" at the news.

"How wonderful that this generous gift comes to Pillars on the 30th anniversary of our organisation's existence" she added in a statement.

"We will use this opportunity to mark the wedding present as a special fund."

More than 23,000 children are affected by having a parent in prison, and Ms McFelin says they are "often affected socially and economically by the changes in their lives.

"These children are often invisible and yet are so vulnerable in our communities. We really appreciate this gift which will help some of these children achieve at a greater level."

SOURCE: Newshub.