• 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.

  • South Canterbury and North Otago Regional Visit

    The Governor-General of New Zealand, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Lady Janine Mateparae, undertook a four-day visit to South Canterbury and North Otago in February 2013. Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine were warmly welcomed to the region and enjoyed engaging with New Zealanders from all walks of life at a variety of events.

    View the South Canterbury and North Otago Regional Visit Image Gallery

  • Waitangi Day - 2013

    The Governor-General, Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, and Lady Janine Mateparae, attended and hosted functions in the Bay of Islands and Auckland to mark Waitangi Day 2013.

    On Sunday 3 February, Sir Jerry and Lady Janine attended luncheon in at the Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Russell for New Zealand Royal Honours recipients from the Far North. [Images]

    On Monday 4 February, Sir Jerry and Lady Janine were welcomed on to Te Tii Marae. [Images]

  • New Year Message 2013

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

    Marking anniversaries like the New Year is central to understanding our place in the world, and the events that have shaped our lives.  Anniversaries can be times to celebrate past glories and successes, or to reflect on the meaning of tragedies and losses.  

  • New Year Honours 2013

    Nine New Zealanders have been made Knights or Dames Companion in the 2013 New Year Honours list announced today.  The list recognises the achievements and contributions of 191 people.   

  • Birthday cake

    To see more images, click here

    A highlight of the celebration for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales' birthday was the cake created by the Head Chef at Government House, Simon Peacock.

    The birthday cake consisted of 64 smaller cakes which were assembled into a single one metre by one metre cake.  As it was a Kiwi-themed birthday party, each individual cake was decorated with one of 16 iconic New Zealand images.

  • Diamond Jubilee visit

    The Diamond Jubilee Royal Visit to New Zealand by Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, began on November 10.

    The Royal couple will visit Auckland, Wellington, Feilding, Palmerston North and Christchurch before heading flying to Britain on November 16.

    Photographs from the visit are available here: http://gg.govt.nz/resources/media/image-gallery/612 

    The full itinerary is here:


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  • 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