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Appointment of permanent Usher of the Black Rod

Very warmest congratulations to Sandy McKie on her permanent appointment as Usher of the Black Rod – the first woman appointed to the role in New Zealand’s history. The Usher of the Black Rod acts as the Governor-General’s messenger for ceremonial communications with the House of Representatives, including to summon the House to hear the Speech from the Throne. Sandy was appointed acting Black Rod in October 2020, and we wish her all the very best in her new permanent role.

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