Today marked the State Opening of Aotearoa New Zealand’s 54th Parliament, which began with a haka pōwhiri and a guard of honour for Dame Cindy and Dr Davies as they arrived on Parliament's forecourt.
In an important aspect of the day’s formalities, Dame Cindy delivered the Speech from the Throne in Parliament’s Legislative Chamber. This speech, written by the new Government, outlines their priorities for the coming three years – and is delivered to all members of the House of Representatives, as well as a number of former Governors-General, Prime Ministers, and distinguished guests. This was the first time in New Zealand that the Speech from the Throne has been delivered on behalf of His Majesty King Charles III.
Following the speech, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies met with members of the diplomatic corps, before attending a reception in celebration of the new Parliamentary term.
More photos can be found here: State Opening of the 54th Parliament media gallery.