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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Institute of Directors

    Last night at Government House Dame Patsy was presented with a Distinguished Fellowship Award by the Institute of Directors, in recognition of her contribution in governance roles in the private sector and government.

  • Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre visit

    The second stop on Dame Patsy's final visit to Christchurch was a place she is now well-familiar with - the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre. This was her fourth visit to the centre, based in the Phillipstown Community Hub.

  • Untouched World visit

    On their first stop during the day visit to Christchurch, Dame Patsy and Sir David visited leading New Zealand sustainable fashion lable Untouched World.

  • Official opening of the Waikato Regional Council premises

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the official opening of the Waikato Regional Council's new premises in Hamilton.

  • New Zealand Portrait Gallery Reception

    This evening, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for the New Zealand Portrait Gallery Te Pūkenga Whakaata. The Gallery, which has its permanent home at Shed 11 on Wellington’s Waterfront, tells the story of New Zealanders through portraiture.

  • New Zealand Olympic Team Pounamu Presentation

    At Olympic House in Auckland, Dame Patsy and Sir David received a briefing from New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith and NZOC President Mike Stanley.

  • Royal Wellington Golf Club

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David were hosted to a dinner by the Royal Wellington Golf Club. Governors and Governors-General have had a long association with the Club.

  • NZDF Thank You Dinner

    Following on from last week’s dinner for the 11 Defence personnel who have acted as her Aides de

  • Caring Families Aotearoa Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2021

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the annual Caring Families Aotearoa Excellence in Foster Care awards for some outstanding carers this afternoon. The annual awards recognise carers from around New Zealand going above and beyond for young people in need.

  • Opening of the Cressy Wing at St George's Hospital in Christchurch

    Last Friday, following the investiture ceremony at Christchurch Town Hall, Dame Patsy and Sir David went to St George's Hospital for the official opening of the Cressy Wing.

  • Christchurch investiture ceremony - Friday 2 July 2021

    Congratulations to the 11 recipients who received the insignia of their honours at a ceremony in Christchurch this morning.

  • Visit to Te Rau Aroha Marae

    In February, a scheduled visit to Bluff's Te Rau Aroha Marae was postponed because of Level Two protocols around the size of public gatherings.

  • Credentials Ceremony 29 June 2021

    To contend with the crisp Wellington weather, Dame Patsy hosted a smaller (warmer) credentials ceremony inside for new Ambassadors and High Commissioners this morning.

  • NZIIA event

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a meeting of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs at Victoria University. Dame Patsy spoke to an audience of NZIIA members and members of the Diplomatic Corps about the internatio

  • Child Cancer Foundation Honorary Life Membership Awards

    The work the Child Cancer Foundation does is so important to families going through an incredibly stressful time.

  • Aotearoa Art Fair Reception

    Earlier in the year, Dame Patsy and Sir David truly enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Aotearoa Art Fair in Auckland. This evening they returned the favour and thanked the “engine room” of people who made the five-day experience a success.

  • Wellington City Mission

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted staff and supporters of Wellington's City Mission to hear about the Mission's exciting new project, Whakamaru, which will be a community hub in Newtown.

  • Opening of Te Papa's Surrealist Exhibition

    Dame Patsy formally opened Te Papa's magnificent exhibition of surrealist art from Rotterdam's Museum  Boijmans Van Beuningen.

  • State Visit to Australia

  • Credentials Ceremony, Thursday 27 May 2021

    This morning Dame Patsy received the credentials of new diplomatic envoys to New Zealand: HE Mr Chann Rotana, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia; HE Ms Satu Mattila-Budich, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland; HE Mr Merzak Belhimeur, Ambassador of

  • Wellington Children's Hospital Dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner this evening to thank some of the many people who have contributed to the new Wellington Children’s Hospital, which is nearing its final stages of completion.

  • Investiture Ceremony for Professor Sir Derek Lardelli

    On Saturday Dame Patsy travelled to Whangara to present Professor Sir Derek Lardelli with the insignia for his knighthood.

  • Troy Kingi album preview - 'Black Sea, Golden Ladder'

    Government House was lit up for the return of Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist in Residence Troy Kingi with a preview of his new album "Black Sea, Golden Ladder'.

  • Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty 25th Anniversary in the Old Government Buildings

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David attended celebrations to mark 25 years of tenancy of the Old Government Buildings by Victoria University of Wellington's Law Faculty.

  • Whānau Āwhina Plunket's 114th birthday and International Nurses Day.

    Dame Patsy hosted a reception to mark Whānau Āwhina Plunket's 114th birthday and International Nurses Day.

  • Te Papa Foundation Tour of Government House

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted Trustees and supporters of Te Papa Foundation for a tour of selected rooms at Government House, focussing on the art, furniture and interior design elements.

  • Wellington Investiture 7 May 2021 PM

    Friday afternoon closed the Wellington New Year 2021 investiture ceremonies, with 14 recipients receiving their honours. Celebrated author Elizabeth Knox received a CNZM for services to literature and playwright Victor Roger was awarded an ONZM.

  • Wellington Investiture 7 May 2021 AM

    Professor Dame Cindy Kiro was honoured for services to child wellbeing and education at this morning’s investiture ceremony.

  • Wellington Investiture 6 May 2021 PM

    13 recipients were honoured at this afternoon’s investiture ceremony, including Dame Karen Poutasi, who has been Director General for the Ministry of Health (1995-2006) and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (2006-2020).

  • Wellington investiture, 6 May 2021, AM

    Congratulations to Sir William Temara, who received the insignia of a KNZM at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington this morning.

  • Wellington investiture, 5 May 2021, AM

    This morning's investiture ceremony saw 14 people receive the insignia of their honour including former Speaker of the House of Representatives The Rt Hon Sir David Carter and All Black Conrad Smith.

  • Wellington investiture, 4 May 2021, PM

    At this afternoon's investiture ceremony, 13 honours recipients were recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

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