• Government House Recipes - Orange and Olive Oil Syrup Cake

    Cake Ingredients

    1 1/3 cups of stale white bread crumbs

    1 cup of white or castor sugar

    1 cup of ground almonds

    1½ tsp of baking powder

    1 cup of olive oil (or any other vegetable oil such as sunflower. The more complex the oil the more complex the cake)

    4 eggs

    Zest of 1 large orange

    Zest of 1 un-waxed lemon


    Syrup Ingredients

    Juice and zest of 1 large orange

    Juice and zest of 1 un-waxed lemon

    1/3 cup, white or castor sugar

    2 cloves

    1 x cinnamon stick

  • New Year message - 2014

    Kia ora koutou.  Nga mihi o te tau hou.  New Year greetings to you all. 

    The New Year holidays are a time to enjoy the long summer days and reconnect with our family and friends.  Spending time during the holidays at home, at the beach or at a park with our friends and whānau reminds us just how important our families are to us and our society. 

    During 2014 the family will be in the spotlight as the United Nations marks the 20th anniversary of the International Year of the Family.  

  • New Year Honours 2014

    Two Dames and four Knights are among the New Zealanders recognised in the 2014 New Year Honours list announced today.

    To become Dame Companions of the New Zealand Order of Merit are fashion designer Trelise Cooper and businesswoman Alison Paterson, both of Auckland.  The four new Knight Companions are: Māori educator Dr Toby Curtis, of Rotorua; Anglican leader Archbishop David Moxon, currently based in Rome; former Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker; and thoroughbred industry leader Peter Vela, of Hamilton.

  • Nelson Mandela

    The death of former South African President Nelson Mandela marks the passing of a global legend: a man and a leader whose example moved humanity and the world.

  • Niue and the Cook Islands

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    The Governor-General, Lt Gen Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, visited Niue and the Cook Islands in late October 2013 to reaffirm New Zealand’s close ties with the two South Pacific nations.

  • Badge of the General Fono of Tokelau

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    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, presented the Badge of the General Fono of Tokelau to the Ulu-o-Tokelau, Aliki Faipule Salesio Lui, at a ceremony at Government House Wellington on Monday 7 October.

  • Leadership Week

    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, is leading the 2013 Dream Team as part of the Sir Peter Blake Trust 2013 Leadership Week (5 July - 12 July)

  • Matariki 2013

    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, has issued his second Matariki message for all New Zealanders.

    Tēnei ngā mihi ki a koutou katoa, i tātou e whakanui ana i a Matariki.  Greetings to you all as we celebrate Matariki. 

    The start of the Māori New Year is signalled when the stars of Matariki, or the Pleiades, rise on the north-eastern horizon, just before dawn, and trace the path of the rising sun.

  • Coronation Diamond Jubilee

    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, looks back on the 60 years since the coronation of HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1954:

  • AIDS Candlelight Memorial

    Message to mark the 30th AIDS Candelight Memorial - 19 May 2013

    Nga mihi ki a koutou. 

    This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Aids Candlelight Memorial.  When the first Memorial was held in San Francisco in 1983, few would have predicted that 30 years later we would look back on the suffering caused by a global epidemic that has claimed more than 30 million lives.

    The theme of this year’s Candlelight Memorial – in solidarity – underscores the toll the epidemic has taken, and the need to redouble efforts to fight its spread.


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  • Swearing-In Ceremony
  • 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