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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • New Zealand State Memorial Service for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

    This afternoon New Zealand's State Memorial Service for HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, was held in Wellington's Cathedral of St Paul. Dame Patsy delivered the eulogy and the Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, delivered a reading.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 21st April 10am 2021

    One of Aotearoa’s most well-known singer/songwriters, Sir Dave Dobbyn, received his knighthood today at this morning’s investiture ceremony.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 20th April 3pm 2021

    Former Kiwi Ferns captain and three-time New Zealand Rugby League women’s player of the year Honey Hireme was among the recipients receiving their New Zealand honours this afternoon at Government House Auckland.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 20th April 10am 2021

    This morning six recipients were honoured at their investiture ceremony in Auckland, as well as the family of one recipient who had sadly.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 19th April 3pm 2021

    This afternoon began the Auckland investiture ceremonies celebrating the New Year 2021 New Zealand honours recipients.

  • Sister Cities NZ 40th Anniversary Reception

    Dame Patsy hosted a reception for patronage organisation Sister Cities New Zealand, as they celebrated 40 years of global connection and diversity.

  • Credentials Wellington April 2021

    Dame Patsy received the credentials of the new diplomatic envoys from Thailand and Turkey at Government House in Wellington. The Guard of Honour and Maori Cultural Group were supplied by the Royal New Zealand Navy. 

  • Public Sector Dinner

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted Public Sector leaders, including Chief Executives of Government Ministries, Departments and agencies. She thanked them for their responsiveness over a particularly challenging year.

  • Investiture for Justice Sir Joe Williams

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David travelled to Manaia Marae on the Coromandel Peninsula, where Dame Patsy conferred the insignia of a knighthood on Justice Sir Joe Williams, the first Maori to be appointed as a judge in the Supreme Court.

  • Sweet Louise morning tea in Wellington

    Following on from the successful Auckland event, it was Government House Wellington's turn to host members of Sweet Louise for morning tea this week.

  • Sweet Louise Morning Tea at Government House Auckland

    This morning, Dame Patsy had the privilege to welcome members to Government House Auckland for a special morning tea (extra special for one member, as it was her birthday!)

  • NZ Army 175th Commemoration Beat Retreat and Sunset Ceremony

    Dame Patsy took the Royal Salute and inspected the Guard of Honour at a Beat Retreat and Sunset Ceremony commemorating 175 years of the New Zealand Army at Pukeahu National War Memorial in Wellington this evening.

  • New Zealand Pipe Band Championships 2021

    Dame Patsy broke out the McNeil tartan to attend the New Zealand Pipe Band Championships in Hastings this afternoon.

  • Jayforce Commemoration

    Today New Zealanders who served in Jayforce were honoured at their first National Commemoration at Pukeahu, and subsequently at an afternoon tea at Government House.

  • Community Networks Wellington afternoon tea

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted an afternoon tea for the member organisations of Community Networks Wellington who worked tirelesly to support others during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

  • The Address in Reply 2021

    This morning the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard came to Government House to present the Address in Reply.

  • Afternoon tea for DC Wally Haumaha

    The core role of the New Zealand Police in ensuring people are safe and feel safe is built on a core set of values:

  • Ko Tātou, Tātou, We Are One National Remembrance Service

    This afternoon a National Remembrance Service - Ko Tātou, Tātou, We Are One - was held in Christchurch to honour those killed and injured in the Christchurch mosque terror attack two years ago.

  • Inzone afternoon tea

    Inzone boarders live close by to Government House Auckland and today's afternoon tea for senior students was a great opportunity to hear about the wonderful opportunities the programme offers to Maori and Pasifika students to access education and&n

  • Aotearoa Circle meetings in Auckland

    Despite the demands placed on the leadership of public and private sector leaders in the Aotearoa Circle, they have continued their vital work to transform the way New Zealanders live their lives and do business, with the goal of creating

  • Sir George Elliot Tertiary Scholarship 2020

    Congratulations to the three Sir George Elliot Tertiary Scholarship winners who were officially acknowledged at Government House in Auckland this morning.

  • Graeme Dingle Foundation 25th Anniversary

    Congratulations to the Graeme Dingle Foundation who celebrated 25 years of empowering our tamariki and rangatahi to have the bright futures they deserve.

  • Auckland Art Fair

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the Auckland Art Fair this morning.

  • Christchurch Earthquake 10th Anniversary Memorial Service

    Today Dame Patsy went to Christchurch to attend the ceremony marking the tenth anniversary of the earthquake that wrought massive destruction in Christchurch and the Canterbury region. The assembled crowd honoured the memory of the 1

  • Southland Regional Visit, Day Four, Rakiura

    At the wharf at Oban, there was a quick check of our luggage by ace rat-detecting dog, Detector Gadget before we boarded the Department of Conservation vessel taking us to Ulva Island, a predator-free sanctuary for endangered flora and fauna.

  • Southland Regional Visit, Day 3

    The visit to Riverton had particular significance as Dame Patsy had recently learned of the slight to the community by Governor James Fergusson in 1874.

  • Southland Regional Visit 2021, Day Two

    Day two of the visit to Southland began at the Eastern Southland Gallery in Gore, home of the extraordinary John Money Collection of African sculptures, Aboriginal paintings and objects, and works by Rita Angus.

  • Southland Regional Visit, day one

    Due to the restrictions on gatherings under Alert Level Two, a scheduled powhiri for Dame Patsy and Sir David at Te Rau Aroha marae in Bluff was cancelled and will be re-scheduled at a later date.

  • Dress for Success reception

    This evening Dame Patsy hosted a reception for Dress for Success, which works to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing professional work clothing, career development tools and a support network.

  • Governor-General’s XI v NZ Māori Schools Cricket Match

    Despite the blustery weather at Karori Cricket Club, it was a great afternoon for the annual Governor-General’s XI v NZ Māori Schools cricket match. This year, the captains presented Dame Patsy with signed cricket bats as a memento of the day.

  • Mary Potter Hospice Camellia Heritage Club 20th Jubilee Morning Tea

    This morning Dame Patsy hosted a high tea in the ballroom at Government House in Wellington to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mary Potter Hospice Camellia Heritage Club.

  • Waitangi Day 2021

    This year's Waitangi Day Garden Reception was smaller than in other years, but certainly made up for it in terms of a warm sense of community and fellowship.

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