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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Stakeholders and suppliers reception - Auckland

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a function for people and organisations who have had a role in the running of Government House in Auckland over the last year.

  • Auckland arts patrons dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a second dinner to thank arts patrons for their support for New Zealand's creative sector, this time at Government House in Auckland.

  • Kauri Flats School official opening

    Today, Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Kauri Flats School in Takanini, Auckland.

  • 2018 Arts Patron Dinner, Wellington

    This evening Government House celebrated the arts in New Zealand with the people who help to make it possible for artists, writers and performers to develop their talent, create new works and make us think about who we are and where we ar

  • Heart Kids Wellington 30th Anniversary

    Heart Kids Wellington couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate their 30th anniversary, with blue skies and sunshine the order of the day at Government House.

  • Visit to Waiouru for the 2018 New Zealand Commissioning Course Graduation Ceremony

    The sun shone for today's visit by helicopter to Waiouru, where 34 New Zealand officer cadets and 8 officer cadets from 5 other nations graduated from their commissioning course, and performed precision parade ground drills to the accompaniment of

  • Canine Friends Pet Therapy

    Coco had competition for the affections of Dame Patsy and Sir David after a visit to Te Hopai Home and Hospital in Wellington this morning.

  • Bold Steps Conference

    Yesterday Dame Patsy joined 800 plus women at the Bold Steps Conference in Auckland.

  • Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand Reception

    Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand has been supporting individuals and families for 50 years.

  • State Welcome for the President of the Republic of Korea

    Dame Patsy welcomed the President of the Republic of Korea, HE Moon Jae-In and his wife HE Kim Jung-sook to New Zealand during a ceremony at Government House in Auckland.

  • Sir George Elliot Scholarships - 20th Anniversary

    In 1999 the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust launched the Elliot Scholarships.

  • Suffrage 125 morning tea

    Today marks the 125th anniversary of the first general election in New Zealand where women were able to cast their vote.

  • Credentials at Government House Wellington

    The rain fell and the wind blew but the scheduled credentials ceremonies at Government House continued regardless, although in a somewhat truncated form.

  • New Zealand Film Commission 40th Anniversary

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to host a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Film Commission at Government House in Wellington this evening.

  • Appointment ceremony for the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue

    Today Dame Patsy officialted at the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue.

  • New Zealand Women in Leadership Alumnae Symposium

    Dame Patsy delivered the opening address at the NZ Women in leadershop Alumnae Symposium at Victoria University today.

  • State Welcome for President Sebastian Pinera of Chile

    This morning His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, the President of Chile received a State Welcome at Government House Auckland.

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  • Order of New Zealand Dinner 2018

    Some very special guests at Government House tonight for the annual dinner for Members of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

  • Rhodes Scholar reception 2018

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David held a reception for the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship finalists.

  • At Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a lunch for departing Heads of Mission at Government House on Wednesday.

  • Armistice Day Commemorations - Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy officiated at the Armistice Day National Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.   The peace bell tolled, the crowd joined in two minutes' silence, then stunning dance, music and song evoked the jubilation, r

  • New Zealand Memorial, London

    On Tuesday, Dame Patsy and Sir David laid a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, accompanied by New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, HE Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, our previous Governor-General.

  • Visit to Oxford

    On Monday, Dame Patsy and Sir David had a busy day in Oxford, where they met up with our Rhodes Scholars and caught up with their news about their studies and their plans for the future.

  • Royal Visit overview

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received an enthusiastic welcome from New Zealanders during their recent four day visit. We've put together a selection of images by photographer Mark Tantrum that tell the story of their time in New Zealand

  • Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot announcement

    The successful applicants in the Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot have been selected and emails have been sent out. Congratulations to everyone who will be joining us at Government House in Wellington next year.

  • Le Quesnoy centennial commemorations

    Dame Patsy and Sir David have been attending centennial commemorations of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops in the closing days of the First World War.

  • Women in Infrastructure Network Reception

    The Women in Infrastructure Network (WIN) was set up by Infrastructure New Zealand in 2016 to promote women in the sector. It now has over 1100 members in 7 chapters across New Zealand.

  • TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to host TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House at the beginning of their four day tour of New Zealand.

  • Visit to Christchurch

    A quick day trip to Christchurch today to see the new library, Turanga, and the newly restored Nurses Memorial Chapel.

  • Royal Visit Information

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be visiting New Zealand from Sunday 28 October to Wednesday 31 October. Their four day tour will include time in Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua and the Abel Tasman National Park.

  • Call from the President of Estonia

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received a call from the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Ms Kaljulaid is Estonia's first female head of state and became it's youngest ever President in 2016.

  • Credentials - Thailand, France and Japan

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted credentials ceremonies for the diplomatic envoys of Thailand, France and Japan.

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