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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Credentials Ceremony, 22 August 2019

    This morning we were fortunate to have clear skies for the official welcome for new diplomatic envoys at Government House.

  • 25 Years Changing Lives - Duffy Books in Homes

    Children were front and centre at a reception celebrating 25 years of the Duffy Books in Homes programme.

  • Morning tea for Gandhi Nivas

    This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted Gandhi Nivas staff, counsellors, researchers and Police liaison at Government House Auckland.

  • Foundation North Tohu Autaia

    Last night Dame Patsy hosted Foundation North's inaugural Tohu Autaia - Community Stars- at Government House Auckland.

  • SPCA Giving Hearts Legacy Programme

    This morning Dame Patsy was the first member of the SPCA's new Giving Hearts legacy programme to have the privilege of naming a rescue animal - in this case, a foxy-chihuahua cross - which she named Coco after her own dog.

  • Bold Steps for Young Women

    Today we welcomed year 13 students from secondary schools in the Auckland region who had spent the rest of the day as guests of On Being Bold, a network of high-achieving women.

  • Malvina Major Foundation Concert 2019

    The Malvina Major Foundation assists emerging talent in New Zealand through an emerging artists programme, in partnership with NZ Opera; a Young Artist or Fellowship programme, which offers more experienced singers a principal r

  • Colin McCahon Centenary

    The centenary of Colin McCahon's birth is being marked by a series of events around New Zealand. Government House's reception last night was held 100 years to the day of his birth, and we were privileged to have three of his works on display.

  • Launch of Te Wiki o te Reo Maori

    On 1 August, 1987, te Reo Maori became an official language of New Zealand. Today, 32 years later, Dame Patsy officially launched Te Wiki o te Reo Maori 2019 at the Wharewaka on Wellington's waterfront.

  • Bay of Plenty Visit Day Three

    It was Rotorua's chance to shine with a stunning welcome at Te Papaiouru Marae. A particular highlight was the magnificent performances of the Rotorua Girls' and Boys' High School kapa haka group.

  • Bay of Plenty Visit- Day Two

    Dame Patsy was welcomed at Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi in Whakatane this morning, where she got to grips with robotics in the Robopa, before seeing some demonstrations of the cutting edge tech being used to train nursing students.

  • Bay of Plenty Visit Day One

    The weather and the welcome couldn't have been warmer in Tauranga as Dame Patsy and Sir David began a four day visit to the Bay of Plenty region.

  • Sir Edmund Hillary Centenary

    On Wednesday night this week, the Himalayan Trust hosted a gala dinner to mark the centenary of Sir Edmund Hillary's birth.

  • Te Te Huringa o Te Tai o Nga Wahine afternoon tea

    Dame Patsy has supported Te Te Huringa o Te Tai o Nga Wahine, a programme for Maori girls in Otara, for the last three years, but this is the first time the girls, the volunteers, committee members and Police mentors have come to Government House.

  • Visit to GridAKL

    Dame Patsy visited GridAKL in the Wynyard Quarter Innovation Precinct this afternoon to see how ATEED, Auckland's economic development agency is facilitating innovation, sustainability measures, and start-ups. 

  • NZ On Air's 30th Birthday celebrations

    Last night's reception for NZ On Air celebrated its role in bringing New Zealand culture to our screens and airwaves over the last 30 years.

  • Secondary School Holidays

    Dame Patsy has had a couple of opportunities to meet some of our most talented rangatahi during the school holidays.

    Last week, she caught up with the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir and this morning she opened Youth Parliamant 2019.

  • Aotearoa Circle Hui

    Leaders of public sector agencies, NGOs and the private sector have come together as partners to form the Aotearoa Circle, which will address critical sustainability issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. 

  • Diversity dinner

    Three inspiring speakers, expressing three very different perspectives on the topics of diversity and inclusion captivated tonight's guests at a dinner in celebration of diversity in 21st century New Zealand.

  • Halberg Foundation Youth Council

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the members of the Halberg Foundation Youth Council at a morning tea at Government House in Wellington.

  • KiMuaNZ Reception

    "I stand as one.

  • Swearing-in of a new Minister

    Dame Patsy officiated at the swearing-in of new Minister, Hon Poto Williams at Government House in Wellington. Minister Williams is the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and is also Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regenera

  • Quadrangular Tournament Schools' Visit

    Rugby players taking part in the 93rd Quadrangular Tournament visited Government House today.

  • Dark Skies Experience opening and Mt John Observatory

    Dame Patsy was on ribbon-cutting duties at the new Dark Sky Experience attraction in Takapō.

  • Visit to Okains Bay Museum

    Okains Bay Museum is located in a remote bay on Banks Peninsula.

  • Visit to Linwood Islamic Centre

    This morning Dame Patsy received a warm welcome at the Linwood Islamic Centre, where she met members of Christchurch's Muslim community.

  • Credentials Ceremony 27 June 2019

    Three new diplomatic envoys presented their credentials to Dame Patsy this morning: HE Mr Mark Holowesko, the High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; HE Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, the Apostolic Nuncio; and HE Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi

  • New Zealand Youth Awards 2019

    Fourteen young New Zealanders have been chosen from their peers to receive this year's New Zealand Youth Awards.

  • Invitations closed for June, July, August and September

    We're heading into the busiest part of the year and the Governor-General's diary is looking very full. Regrettably we cannot accept any more invitations for June, July, August and September 2019.

  • Order of St John Investiture Ceremony, 16 June 2019

    On 15 June, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended an investiture ceremony for St John postulants at the Cathedral of St Paul's in Wellington. Dame Patsy is Prior of the Order in New Zealand.

  • Red Cross "Taste of Cultures" dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a fundraising dinner for the Red Cross to mark World Refugee Day.

  • Reception for Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP! Foundation

    Every year in New Zealand, one in three girls, one in six boys and one in two disabled people experience some form of sexual abuse. For Maori girls and women, the likelihood of sexual violence is twice as high as the general population.

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