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Ship visit off

THE Royal New Zealand Navy has postponed the visit to Gisborne by HMNZS Manawanui.

It was scheduled to coincide with Anzac Day commemorations, which have been called off until later in the year.

The ship was to visit here from April 23 to 28.

“With the steadily increasing precautions and protective measures put in place in response to Covid-19, the visit has been postponed,” a Navy spokeswoman said. “It is felt the activities planned by the ship are unable to go ahead.

“Officers and crew of HMNZS Manawanui are disappointed their first visit to their home port won't be going ahead as planned,” she said.

“The Navy is working to identify a time in the not-too-distant future where they can visit Gisborne and conduct all the celebrations that had been organised.”