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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Kupe - Waka Odyssey

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David joined thousands of people on the waterfront to see the  spectacular launch to the 2018 New Zealand Festival: Kupe - a Waka Odyssey, which featured waka, approximately 1000 children performing kapa ha

  • Christchurch Earthquake

    On this 7th anniversary of the devastating Christchurch earthquake, our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, particularly those who have experienced personal loss.

  • D5 Forum

    Today was an opportunity to support Dame Patsy's strategic focuses of creativity, innovation, leadership and diversity with a forum at Government House.

  • Launch of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation

    Last night, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the launch of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation at the Supreme Court.

  • Visit of HE Mr Orhan Tavli, Governor of Canakkale

    On 13 February Dame Patsy received a call from HE Mr Orhan Tavli, Governor of Canakkale, Mr Ismail Kasdemir, President of the Gallipoli Historical Park Directorate, and HE Mr Ahmet Ergin, the Turkish Ambassador.

  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award Reception

    On Saturday night, Dame Patsy and Sir David held a reception at Government House for Gold Award recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards.

  • Save the Children performance of Eglantyne

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a magnificent performance of Eglantyne, written and performed by Anne Chamberlain.

  • Bledisloe Waitangi Day Address 2018

    Full coverage of Dame Patsy's Waitangi Day address at Government House in Auckland. Thanks to One News/ TVNZ for the footage.

  • 2018 Bledisloe Reception, Government House Auckland

    The annual Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception was held at Government House Auckland this year. Dame Patsy and Sir David were joined by 750 guests, including the Prime Minister and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

  • Bledisloe Garden Reception Info

    The Bledisloe Garden Reception 2018 takes place at Government House in Auckland on Waitangi Day.

    Don't forget to bring your invitation (it's going to be sunny) and wear a hat and apply sunscreen.

  • Maiki Hill Flagstaff, Russell

    In 1858, a ceremony was held at Maiki Hill to celebrate a new flagstaff, erected by Northern Maori as a gesture of goodwill and reconciliation, 12 years after the war between British forces and allied Northern tribes.

  • Visit to the exhibition of Frances Hodgkins portraits

    This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington to see an impressive exhibition of portraits by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947), one of New Zealand's  foremost artists.

  • New Year message 2018

    Dame Patsy and Sir David wish all New Zealanders a safe and happy New Year.

    Here is Dame Patsy's message for 2018, a year in which we mark a very special anniversary.

  • New Year's Honours

    Congratulations to all the outstanding New Zealanders acknowledged with New Year's Honours. We look forward to hosting them and their families at investiture ceremonies at Government House Wellington and Government House Auckland in May.

  • Call from the Ambassador of Israel

    This afternoon, Israeli Ambassador Dr Itzhak Gerberg and wife Shifra called on Dame Patsy and Sir David to present a commemorative album of photos taken during the recent visit to Israel for the Beersheba commemorations.

  • Queen's Baton Relay

    On Monday, Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the Queen's Baton to Queenstown at the Airport, on its final leg of a journey around Commonwealth countries and territories before the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

  • Malaysia State Visit, Day Three

    On the final day of her visit, 8 December, Dame Patsy addressed a Women in Leadership Forum, paid a courtesy call on the Sultan of Perak, and lunched with Malaysian alumni of New Zealand universities.

  • State Visit to Malaysia, Day Two

    On 7 December, Dame Patsy visited Cheras Cemetery, where she paid her respects at the graves of New Zealand service personnel. In the afternoon, she visited KYS School, met the Governor of Melaka and toured the historic district of Melaka.

  • State Visit to Malaysia, Day One

    On 6 December, day one of Dame Patsy's State Visit to Malaysia she attended a Welcoming Ceremony in Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited  the Islamic Arts Museum and Masjed Jamek m

  • Toi Art and VUW graduation ceremony

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Te Papa on Tuesday 12 December for a sneak peek at their revamped gallery space Toi Art, which is due to open in March next year.

  • Kaibosh Reception

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for the donors, volunteers and partner organisations of Kaibosh, Wellington's food-rescue service, which redistributes 20 tonnes of food a month to people in need.

  • Prince's Trust Reception

    As Dame Patsy is on a State Visit to Malaysia, Cabinet Secretary Michael Webster hosted a reception for the Prince's Trust, welcoming Dame Martina Milburn, Group Chief Executive of the Trust.

  • Chinese Reflection Garden and Ceremony for Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade

    On Saturday, Dame Patsy travelled to Amberley in Canterbury to open a Chinese Reflection Garden established in memory of Rewi Alley, a New Zealander who spent most of his life in China, promoting training and education as a way to lift people out of pov

  • Elliot Scholars and New Zealand School of Dance

    Last Friday, Dame Patsy presented another 3 outstanding Auckland students with scholarships from the Sir George Elliot Trust.

  • Launch of the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust

    On Monday 20 November, Sir David hosted the launch of the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust at Government House.

  • WakaNZ workshop presentation

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted one of the finale events for the WakaNZ: Navigating a Post-Treaty Settlement Future 2017 Workshop.

  • Christchurch Visit

    In Christchurch, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the opening of the Christchurch City Mission's Women's Night Shelter and also visited the Christchurch Art Gallery to see the Len Lye Exhibition.

  • Credentials at Government House in Wellington

    Today Dame Patsy hosted credentials ceremonies for the new envoys from Nepal, Tanzania, Georgia, Cyprus, Nigeria and Latvia.

  • Visit to Al-Madinah School

    On Friday 17 November, Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Al-Madinah School in Auckland. Al-Madinah School gives its students a typical Kiwi education as well as a solid grounding in Islam.

  • QEII National Trust 40th birthday

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted covenanters of the QEII National Trust, which collectively holds protected in perpetuity an area of privately-owned land equal to the size of Stewart Island.

  • Diplomatic reception

    It was a highly convivial evening at Government House as Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps.

    Photos of the reception

     

  • Visit to Israel

    The itinerary of the recent official visit of Dame Patsy and Sir David to Israel included Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum); lunch with HE Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel; a call on HE Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of

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