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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Auckland Investitures 27 May 2022 PM

    Among the eight recipients at this afternoon’s investiture ceremony was Teremoana Rapley, where she was recognised for contributions to music and television.

  • Auckland Investitures 27 May 2022 AM

    A New Zealand sporting trailblazer received a DNZM this morning at Government House. Dame Ruia Morrison was recognised for her outstanding tennis career, where she was the first Māori to compete at Wimbledon.

  • Auckland Investiture 26 May 2022 PM

    Eight further recipients were welcomed to Government House for their investiture ceremony this afternoon, including Nigel Borell, recognised for services to Māori art.

  • Auckland Investiture 26 May 2022 AM

    Former Auckland City Missioner, Sir Chris Farrelly, received his KNZM at Government House this morning. Sir Chris was recognised for his long career in Te Tai Tokerau’s health sector, and for his work leading the Auckland City Mission.

  • Auckland Investiture 25 May 2022 AM

    Dame Cindy presented insignia to six Honours recipients this morning at Government House Auckland. Mr Ross Black was acknowledged for his services to health, founding the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust and acting as its Chair from 1998 to 2019.

  • Auckland Investiture 24 May 2022 PM

    Auckland investiture ceremonies continued this afternoon, with eight further recipients honoured for their outstanding work across New Zealand.

  • Auckland Investiture 24 May 2022 AM

    Professor Dame Marilyn Waring was one of those acknowledged in this morning's investiture ceremony at Government House Auckland.

  • Auckland Investiture 23 May 2022 PM

    Auckland investiture ceremonies began at Government House this afternoon, with eight outstanding individuals receiving insignia for their contributions across the fields of education, humanitarian advocacy, and conservation.

  • SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration

    Last night at Government House Wellington, Dr Davies hosted the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for their 150th anniversary celebrations.

  • Dame Cindy visit to Abu Dhabi

    Dame Cindy travelled to Abu Dhabi to attend an azza (official ceremonial ceremony) following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  • New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards 2021

    While Dame Cindy was in the United Arab Emirates, in her place Dr Davies was honoured to welcome recipients of the 2021 New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards.

  • Launch of the Trees that Count Legacy Project for the Platinum Jubilee


  • Pōwhiri at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Surrounded by her whānau and closest supporters, Dame Cindy was officially welcomed onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as Governor-General.

  • Homecoming at Mōtatau Marae

    It was a very special day for Dame Cindy and her whānau in Northland, as she was formally welcomed onto Mōtatau Marae in recognition of her appointment as Governor-General.

  • Wellington Investiture 10 May 2022 PM

    Eleven recipients were recognised for outstanding service in their communities in the final investiture ceremony of this round at Government House Wellington.

  • Wellington Investiture 10 May 2022 AM

    This morning at Government House Wellington, Dame Cindy was pleased to acknowledge Dr Lindsay Mildenhall, ONZM, for his extensive work in the fields of neonatal intensive care and resuscitation training.

  • Wellington Investiture 9 May 2022 PM

    Among the ten recipients at this afternoon’s investiture ceremony was Dr Arapera Royal Tangaere, receiving a CNZM for her work with Te Kōhanga Reo Trust since 1982. The first Kōhanga Reo opened in the Wellington region that year, and there are now

  • Wellington Investiture 6 May 2022 PM

    For this week’s final investiture ceremony, Dame Cindy welcomed eleven recipients to Government House. Rosemary McLeod was recognised for her career as a writer and cartoonist.

  • Investiture Ceremony 6 May 2022 AM

    The eleven honours recipients at this morning's investiture ceremony were thanked for their achievements and services to Pacific health and education; agricultural science and business; tertiary education; Fire and Emergency New Zealand; dairy and agric

  • Investiture Ceremony, 5 May 2022 PM

    This afternoon Honours recipients were acknowledged for their services to paediatric and neonatal care; disabilities and the arts; the New Zealand Police;  the community; women's health; musical theatre; traffic safety; floristry; an

  • Investiture Ceremony 5 May 2022 AM

    This morning's Honours recipients included three NZDF personnel who played pivotal roles in New Zealand's response to COVID-19: Air Commodore Darryn Webb, MNZM for services to the New Zealand Defence Force; Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Blythen, DSD for se

  • Wellington Investiture 4 May 2022 PM

    Nine recipients were honoured today at Government House, including Sir Robert ‘Bom’ Gillies; the last surviving member of the Māori Battalion.

  • Wellington Investiture 3 May 2022 PM

    Former Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Lou Sanson, received his QSO this afternoon at Government House. One of his many achievements in his eight years at DOC was overseeing the Predator Free New Zealand Strategy.

  • Wellington Investiture 3 May 2022 AM

    Eleven recipients were welcomed to Government House for their investiture this morning including former National President of New Zealand Red Cross, Dr Jenny McMahon.

  • Wellington Investiture 2 May 2022 PM

    Today, Dame Cindy presented Honours recipients with insignia recognising outstanding achievements and service. Eminent author Emeritus Professor Sir Vincent O'Sullivan received the accolade when he was re-designated from a DCNZM to a KNZM.

  • Anzac Day 2022

    Dame Cindy and Dr Davies started their Anzac Day by attending the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei present Rūaumoko to Government House Auckland

    When Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomed Dame Cindy and Dr Davies to Ōrākei Marae earlier this year, they presented Their Excellencies with a tukutuku panel that represents the maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau.

  • Dinner with former Governors-General to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

    In honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies welcomed some familiar faces back to Government House for a dinner on the 9th of April.

  • Credentials Ceremonies

    Dame Cindy welcomed eight new diplomatic representatives to New Zealand today at Government House, with the return of full-scale credentials ceremonies.

  • ICC Women's World Cup reception

    This week the ICC Women's World Cup tournament is approaching its final stages.

  • Visit to Auckland

    Dame Cindy recently spent the week in Auckland, meeting with some remarkable organisations and individuals supporting their communities and fellow New Zealanders.

  • St John Investiture Service and Installation

    On Thursday, in a very special ceremony held at Government House Auckland, the Governor-General was invested as Dame of Justice of St John and installed as the Prior of St John, while Dr Davies was invested as an Officer of St John. 

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