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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Visit to Eden Garden

    The weather was ideal for Dame Patsy's visit to Government House Auckland's next door neighbour Eden Garden.

  • Tuia 250 Voyage

    Dame Patsy visited the flotilla taking part in the Tuia 250 Voyage when they berthed in Welington Harbour.

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  • Official opening of SPCA Hobsonville Centre

    The SPCA has an impressive brand new centre in Hobsonville, purpose-built to serve the needs of the organisation and their animal charges.

  • NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

    Last night Dame Patsy spoke at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards and presented the Supreme Award to Little Yellow Bird, which supplies corporate uniforms and ethical clothes to businesses, while providing ethical employment and education oppor

  • Sir George Elliott Scholarships 2019

    The Sir George Elliot Scholarships for tertiary study are awarded to high-achieving students who have overcome challenging personal circumstances.

  • HM Queen Elizabeth - Message for Erebus 40th Anniversary

  • The 40th Anniversary of the Erebus Accident

    Dame Patsy hosted a moving service at Government House in Auckland to mark the 40th anniversary of the Erebus accident.

  • Three days in Auckland

  • HRH The Prince of Wales Waitangi Speech

    Scroll down for audio of the speech delivered by HRH The Prince of Wales at Waitangi.

    This was recorded live so please be aware that there is background noise

  • Rhodes Scholar 2020 announcement

    Today Dame Patsy hosted the Rhodes Scholarship committee meeting and candidate interviews at Government House in Wellington.

    There were 8 candidates and Dame Patsy said the committee was impressed by their enthusiasm and ability.

  • The Frances Clarke Memorial Awards 2019

    This morning Dame Patsy hosted a high tea for the Wellington Down Syndrome Association's annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards,  which recognise and encourage the special achievements of people born with Down syndrome in the greater

  • Credentials ceremonies, 12 November, PM

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, HE Mr Edgardo Valdés López; the Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, HE Mrs Victoria Francolino; the Ambassador of the Republic

  • Credentials Ceremony, 12 November 2019 am

    This morning Dame Patsy received the credentials of the Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Mr Michael Winzap, the Ambassador of Mexico, HE Mr Alfredo Rogerio Perez Bravo, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Mrs Dina Farouk El Sahy, and the Ambas

  • Inaugural presentation of ceremonial hieke to WO1 Mark Mortiboy

    Defence chiefs wear ceremonial korowai that are passed on when a new incumbant takes up the role. Now Warrant Officers of the Defence Force have a harakeke hieke (rain cloak), woven especially by WO1 Robert Jobe.

  • Papawai Marae Wananga

    Today Dame Patsy attended a wananga at Papawai Marae, near Greytown, in honour of Sir Kim Workman, who was knighted earlier this year for his contributions to prison reform.

  • Dame Patsy at HERE: Kupe to Cook

    On Monday night,  Dame Patsy spoke at Transparency International's AGM in Wellington. Transparency International is a global civil society organisation that works to counter corruption.

  • Florence Nightingale Medal

    Congratulations to Felicity Gapes who received her Florence Nightingale medal at Government House this afternoon

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  • Good Bitches Baking Celebration of Kindness

    Happy Birthday to Good Bitches Baking, who came to Government House to mark five years of service to New Zealanders with a celebration of kindness.

  • Breastscreen Auckland-St Mark's Breast Centre opening

    Dame Patsy officiated at the opening of a new facility for Breastscreen Auckland and St Marks Breast Centre following a Powhiri led by Ngāti Whatua Orakei.

  • Official visit to Japan

    Dame Patsy and Sir David have been in Tokyo, where they represented New Zealand at the enthronement of Emperor Naruhito, the 126th monarch of Japan. This was followed by a Court Banquet at the Imperial Palace.

  • The Graeme Dingle Foundation Excellence Awards 2019

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David joined guests at the annual Graeme Dingle Foundation Excellence Awards to celebrate the achievements of young graduates of the Foundation's youth development programmes - and to acknowledge the mentors, volunteer

  • Crimestoppers 10th anniversary reception

    Crimestoppers had plenty to celebrate as they marked their 10th anniversary at Government House in Wellington. Displays offered an insight into exactly how much crime the anonymous tipline has had a hand in solving and their work isn't over yet.

  • Tuia Welcome for European Ships

    On Tuesday in Gisborne, the Tuia 250 flotilla was enlarged with the arrival of European vessels: HMB Edeavour, R Tucker Thompson and Spirit of New Zealand. 

  • Tuia 250-Encounters commemorations in Gisborne

    Yesterday the Tuia 250-Encounters commemorations commenced in Gisborne.

  • Katherine Mansfield House and Garden re-opening reception

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception celebrating the successful conclusion of a major refurbishment of the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden.

  • Opening of Defence House

    The 2016 Kaikoura earthquake made the building that housed Defence and the Ministry of Defence uninhabitable. Today Dame Patsy and Hon Ron Mark, Minister of Defence, formally opened a new Defence House by unveiling the signage.

  • Investiture Friday 27 September 2019 Larnach Castle

    Dame Patsy hosted the final investiture ceremony of 2019 in the ballroom of Dunedin's famed Larnach Castle.

  • SPCA Giving Hearts legacy programme launch - Wellington

    "I dub thee ... Coco!"

  • Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowship Awards

    To date, nearly 900 New Zealanders have been Churchill Fellows, travelling overseas to further their knowledge in an incredibly diverse range of fields.

  • Farewell calls

    Dame Patsy received a farewell call from the Ambassador of Switzerland, HE David Vogelsanger at Government House in Wellington this morning. New Zealand was the final posting for the Ambassador who will retire from diplomatic life in six days.

  • Investiture Ceremony 20 September 2019

    Services to governance, the community, women, library information management and the arts, television and theatre, sport, woodchopping, youth, philanthropy, and the Tokelauan community.

  • Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot closes soon

    Last call for entries to the ballot for invitations to the 2020 Waitangi Day Garden Reception.

    The ballot closes at midnight on Tuesday 24 September.

    Enter online here

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