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  • Armorial Bearings - Sir Jerry Mateparae

    The Armorial Bearings of Sir Jerry Mateparae have been finalised.

    The Armorial Bearings (or Coat of Arms as they are often referred to) will be carved in wood and will eventually join those of the other Governors and Governors-General that hang in the Taupaepae at Government House. The tradition dates back to Lord Islington, who was the first Governor to reside in the House.

    Sir Jerry's Coat of Arms features his favourite bird, the fantail and five stars representing his five children. A cat, based on the family cat "Boots" is also represented.

  • Bledisloe Ballot 2017

    The public ballot for invitations to the 2017 Bledisloe Garden Reception opens on Monday 5 September, 2016 at midday.

    We're looking for 400 people, each with a guest to join us at Government House in Wellington on Waitangi Day 2017 to celebrate our national day.

    >>Click here to enter the ballot

    The ballot will close at midnight on Sunday 18 September.

     

  • Beer Braised Beef Cheeks

    Winter's not quite done with us so here's a winter warmer recipe from Goverment House chef Simon Peacock.

    Ingredients

    1 small bunch fresh thyme

    1 onion, roughly chopped

    1 carrot, roughly chopped

    2 sticks celery, roughly chopped

    500ml/18fl oz full-flavoured Beer, Mac’s Sassy red, amber ale (experiment with a local craft brew)

    2 tbsp vegetable oil

    2 litres/3½ pints beef stock

    sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

    Method

  • Queen approves honours for the Governor-General Designate

    Prime Minister John Key today announced that the Queen has approved the appointment of Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General Designate, as an Additional Dame Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and as an Additional Companion of the Queen’s Service Order.

    “These appointments are an important formal step in the process of Dame Patsy’s becoming the next Governor-General.”

    When she takes office, Dame Patsy will also become Chancellor of the New Zealand Order of Merit, and Principal Companion of the Queen’s Service Order. 

  • Boots the Cat - The Biography

    Boots is the Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae's cat. He lives at Government House with the Mateparae family and loves the attention he gets from the many visitors to the House and Visitor Centre.

    Aisling Stewart and Francesca Cooper, pupils at Ss Peter and Paul School in Lower Hutt, wrote a biography of Boots after their school visited Government House in 2016.

    >>Read Boots' biography here (PDF,3MB)

     

  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award 2016

    The Governor-General’s Anzac of the Year Award looks to honour someone whose achievements demonstrate the qualities of comradeship, compassion, courage and commitment.

    Last year, survivor advocate Louise Nicholas was honoured for her commitment and courage in fighting for justice and for her continued work with people who have undergone similar traumatising experiences. 

  • New Year Message

     Kia ora tatou. Nga mihi o te tau hou.  

    New Year greetings to you all.  I hope you all have been able to relax and share time with family and friends during the festive season so far.

  • A Ceremony of Welcome in New Zealand

    The Governor-General, Sir Jerry Mateparae often hosts Ceremonies of Welcome for Heads of State and dignitaries from other countries. This video of the Ceremony of Welcome for HRH Prince Harry at Government House in Wellington has been produced to give people an idea of what the ceremony involves. The sub-titles will be translated into other languages as required. 

     

  • Charlotte Royale cake recipe

    Charlotte Royale
    For the sponge rolls:
    • 6 large free-range eggs
    • 150 grams caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
    • 150 grams self-raising flour
    • Raspberry jam
    For the bavarois:
    • 9 leaves gelatine
    • 300 grams blackcurrants or boysenberries
    • 2 tbsps crème de cassis
    • 600 ml full-fat milk
    • 8 free-range egg yolks
    • 450 ml double cream
    To decorate:
    • 75 grams caster sugar

  • Charlotte Royale recipe - in honour of Princess Charlotte

    Charlotte Royale


    For the bavarois:
    • 9 leaves gelatine
    • 300 grams blackcurrents or boysenberries
    • 2 tbsps crème de cassis
    • 600 ml full-fat milk
    • 8 free-range egg yolks
    • 450 ml double cream


    To decorate:
    • 75 grams caster sugar
    • 1 tbsp arrowroot
    • 150 ml double cream
    • 25 gm icing sugar

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Features

  • Armorial Bearings - Sir Jerry Mateparae
  • Bledisloe Ballot 2017
  • Beer Braised Beef Cheeks
  • Queen approves honours for the Governor-General Designate
  • Boots the Cat - The Biography
  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award 2016
  • New Year Message
  • A Ceremony of Welcome in New Zealand
  • Charlotte Royale cake recipe
  • Charlotte Royale recipe - in honour of Princess Charlotte
  • Prince Harry - Visit Itinerary
  • Amazing Easter Wreath
  • The Governor-General's Anzac of the Year Award
  • Bledisloe Garden Reception 2015
  • New Year Message
  • Christmas Eccles Cakes
  • State Banquet for the President of China
  • Grilled Turbot Fillet and Cwmglyn Rarebit
  • The Governor-General and Government Formation After the Election
  • Government House Recipes - Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake
  • New Year message - 2014
    Governor-General's 2014 New Year message
  • New Year Honours 2014
    Queen honours New Zealand's best
  • Nelson Mandela
    Governor-General pays tribute to South African leader
  • Niue and the Cook Islands
    Visits reaffirm special relationships within the Realm of New Zealand
  • Badge of the General Fono of Tokelau
    Governor-General hosts ceremony at Government House
  • Leadership Week
    Governor-General leads the Sir Peter Blake Trust Dream Team
  • Matariki 2013
    Governor-General recognises the contribution of women
  • Coronation Diamond Jubilee
    The Governor-General looks back at the Queen's 1953 Coronation
  • AIDS Candlelight Memorial
    Message from the Governor-General
  • South Canterbury and North Otago Regional Visit
    20-23 February: An overview
  • Waitangi Day - 2013
    Governor-General and Lady Janine visit Waitangi and Auckland
  • New Year Message 2013
    Governor-General issues his 2013 New Year message
  • New Year Honours 2013
    New Zealanders recognised by The Queen of New Zealand
  • Birthday cake
    Secrets of Government House birthday cake revealed
  • Diamond Jubilee visit
    Royal couple to visit Auckland, Wellington, Manawatu and Christchurch
  • Royal reception
    Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall prepare for trip to downunder
  • New Zealand's Governor-General
    Government House publishes new booklet
  • 2012 London Olympic Games
    The Governor-General supports the NZ Olympic Team in London
  • Diamond Jubilee message
    The Governor-General's Diamond Jubilee message
  • Open to view - credentials ceremonies
    Watch the video of a credentials ceremony at Government House
  • Western Bay of Plenty regional visit
    The Governor-General makes his first official visit.
  • Open Days 2014
    Government House Open Days 2014
  • Christchurch and Canterbury Earthquake Anniversary
    The Governor-General's Programme
  • Waitangi Celebrations 2012
    The Governor-General's first Waitangi Day Programme
  • Governor-General's New Year Message
    Sir Jerry Mateparae issues his 1st New Year message - watch the video
  • State Opening of Parliament
    Governor-General announces the Government's plans
  • Speaker-elect confirmation ceremony
    Dr Smith confirmed as Speaker of the House
  • Appointment of the new Government
    The Governor-General appoints the new Government
  • Queen's Diamond Jubilee Emblem
    New emblem to mark the Diamond Jubilee
  • Rugby World Cup
    Message from the Queen of New Zealand on the All Blacks' victory
  • State Swearing-in of Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae
    A Government House short film
  • Royal NZ Navy 70th Anniversary
    The Governor-General hosted and attended associated events
  • New Zealand Gallantry Awards
    Government House has today issued a special honours list
  • One year on from the 4 September 2010 Canterbury earthquake
    Governor-General issues a message
  • Swearing in ceremony
    Sir Jerry Mateparae to become NZ's 20th Governor-General
  • Sir Paul Reeves
    New Zealand's first Governor-General of Maori descent dies
  • Visit by King George Tupou V of Tonga
    The Governor-General hosted a State Welcome for the King of Tonga
  • Māori King visits Government House
    The King plants a tree to mark the visit
  • Matariki
    The Governor-General's 2011 Matariki Message
  • The Royal Wedding
    Sir Anand and Lady Susan attended the Royal Wedding on 29 April
  • ANZAC Day message
    The Governor-General's message for ANZAC Day commemorations
  • The National Christchurch Memorial Service
    Details and photos are available here.
  • Christchurch Earthquake
    Governor-General offers the support of all New Zealanders
  • Canterbury earthquake
    World leaders send messages of support to New Zealand
  • Waitangi Day 2011
    Sir Anand Satyanand's last Waitangi Day as Governor-General
  • New Year Message
    Governor-General issues his message for 2011
  • Pike River Mine Tragedy
    World leaders send messages of support to New Zealand
  • Governor-General visits Canterbury
    A visit to support and encourage those affected by the earthquake
  • New Year Message
    Governor-General issues his message for 2010
  • Governor-General's 2009 New Year Message
    New Zealanders urged to volunteer