**** Official Visit to Greece, Crete and the United Kingdom****

Tuesday 17 May

11:00 His Excellency calls on the President of the Hellenic Parliament (Speaker), Mr Nikolaos Voutsis; Parliament Mansion, Athens

13:30 His Excellency meets with the President of the Hellenic Republic, HE Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos; Presidential Mansion, Athens

13:45 Their Excellencies attend an Official Luncheon, hosted by the President of the Hellenic Republic, HE Mr Prokopis Pavlopoulos; Presidential Mansion, Athens

Wednesday 18 May

Their Excellencies travel to Crete for Battle of Crete 75th Anniversary Commemorations

Thursday 19 May

12:00 Their Excellencies attend the Greek-Australian Memorial Service; Rethymno, Crete

18:30 Their Excellencies attend the Inauguration Ceremony of the 42nd Street Memorial;Tsikalarion Road, Chania, Crete

20:40 Their Excellencies attend the New Zealand Reception; Panorama Hotel, Chania, Crete

Friday 20 May

09:00 Their Excellencies tour WWII battlefields with historian Chris Pugsley

18:00 Their Excellencies attend the New Zealand Commemorative Service; Crete-NZ Monument, Galatas, Crete

Saturday 21 May 

09.30 His Excellency calls on the Regional Governor of Crete, Mr Stavros Arnaoutakis and Regional Vice-Governor of Crete, Mr Apostolos Voulgarakis; Office of the Regional Vice Governor of Crete, Eleftherias Square, Chania, Crete
11:00 His Excellency has morning tea with New Zealand veterans; Samaria Hotel, Chania, Crete 
17:50 Their Excellencies unveil new visitor panels at the Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery; Souda Bay, Crete
18:00 Their Excellencies attend the Service of Remembrance;Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery; Souda Bay, Crete
Sunday 22 May
13:00 Their Excellencies attend the German Commemorative Service; German Military Cemetery, Maleme, Crete
19:00 Their Excellencies attend the Closing ceremiony; Maleme Battle of Crete Memorial; Maleme Airport, Crete
20:30 Their Excellencies attend the Greek Official Reception; Alkion Banquet Hall, Maleme, Crete
Monday 23 May
Their Excellencies travel to London 
Tuesday 24 May
10:00 Their Excellencies visit the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
18:00 Their Excellencies atend a reception at New Zealand House
Wednesday 25 May

12:35 Their Excellencies visit Buckingham Palace for a farewell audicnce and luncheon with Her Majesty The Queen
15:00 Their Excellencies have afternoon tea with the High Commissioner, Sir Lockwood Smith and Lady Alexandra Smith
Friday 27 May
15:00 His Excellency opens a Community Housing Trust home; Christchurch




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  • 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