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Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi to visit The Land of the Long White Cloud, New Zealand

AUCKLAND, 15 May 2010: The journey of Queen's Baton 2010 Delhi to New Zealand will start on 15 May 2010. In the indigenous Māori language New Zealand is called Aotearoa, commonly translated as “The Land of the Long White Cloud”.


On 17 May 2010 the relay proceedings will start with media interviews with national and local news agencies followed by a civil reception with Maori cultural activities in Auckland City.


Later the baton will relay up the Auckland Sky City Tower where a Skyjump is proposed. The Auckland Sky Tower is iconic. At 328 metres, it is the tallest man-made structure in New Zealand and offers breathtaking views for up to 80 kilometres in every direction. One can travel up in the glass-fronted lifts to one of the three spectacular viewing platforms, or for more thrills and excitement, SkyWalk round the pergola at 192 metres up or Sky Jump off the Tower!


In the evening, there will be a CGA Cocktail Function.


Next day, the baton will visit schools throughout the day.


New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands.


New Zealand has hosted three Commonwealth Games viz., 1950 British Empire Games in Auckland, 1974 British Commonwealth Games in Christchurch and 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland.


New Zealand is one of the six teams to have attended every Commonwealth Games since inaugural 1930 British Empire Games held in Hamilton, Canada.