Back to top anchor

The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Auckland Investitures Tuesday 21 May

    Congratulations to the recipients who received their insignia at Government House in Auckland today. Recipients included Jennifer Ward-Lealand for services to theatre, film and television; our Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh for servi

  • Investiture Ceremonies, 20 May 2019

    Today there were two investiture ceremonies at Government House Auckland. The first was for The Rt Hon Dame Helen Winkelmann, the Chief Justice of New Zealand.

  • Auckland Grammar 150th Commemorations

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended two of Auckland Grammar's 27 events to mark the school's first 150 years.

  • St Cuthbert's scholars assembly

    Today it seemed like all the students at St Cuthbert's turned out to welcome Dame Patsy when she arrived at the school.

  • Investiture Auckland Thursday 16 May 2019

    Congratulations to all today's recipients for their work in human rights, design and business, rugby and rugby league, the LGBTIQ+ community, fashion, Cook Islands art and culture, athletics, and education. 

  • Auckland Investitures Wed 15 May

    Two more investiture ceremonies were held at Government House today.

    The morning saw  the arts, sport and science mix together with Dame Gaylene Preston, Dan Carter, Lydia Ko, Barbara Kendall and Glen Ashby receiving their insignia.

  • Investiture Ceremonies 14 May 2019

    Two knighthoods were conferred at today's ceremonies at Government House Auckland. Sir Stephen Tindall's knighthood was elevated to a GNZM and Sir Rob McLeod received his KNZM for services to business and Maori.

  • Investiture Thursday 2 May, Morning

    Congratulations to the 17 New Zealanders who received their insignia at an investiture at Government House in Wellington this morning

    Image gallery

  • Investiture Wednesday 1 May, Afternoon

    Congratulations to the 17 New Zealanders recognised at Government House today for their contributions to Maori carving and bone art, business,environmental resource management, conservation, basketball, science education, tourism and heritage preservati

  • Investiture Ceremonies, Wednesday 1 May, 2019

    Outstanding contributions to areas as diverse as health, documentary film-making, science, history, refugee communities, optometry, conservation, water management, karate, and the arts and broadcasting were recognised at this morning's investi

  • Investiture ceremony, 30 April, 2019 PM

    17 New Zealanders received the insignia  this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 30 April, 2019 AM

    The 12 recipients at this morning's investiture ceremony included retired Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating, CNZM, and Fire Service, Police, Defence and Coastguard personnel.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 29 April 2019

    Our first investiture ceremony for 17 recipients of New Year Honours was held at Government House this morning.

  • Anzac Day 2019

    Dame Patsy began Anzac Day by giving the Anzac Address at the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial.

  • Credentials at Government House

    Today we had perfect autumn weather for the powhiri and military parade associated with our credentials ceremonies.

  • Terracotta Warriors and Royal Assent

    On Thursday Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Te Papa for the Terrcotta warriors exhibition. They were also lucky enough to visit Te Papa's stacks and see some of the treasures stored there.

  • Reception for the Child Cancer Foundation

    This afternoon, Dame Patsy hosted a reception for the Child Cancer Foundation, to honour Pat Wilkes with a Life Membership of the Foundation, in recognition of twenty years of selfless service to young cancer patients and their families.

  • Visit to Queenstown and Wanaka

    Dame Patsy and Sir David spent a couple of days in the Southern Lakes last week. The focus of their visit was innovation in the arts, tourism and sustainability.

  • In Christchurch, for the National Remembrance Service

    Before the National Remembrance Ceremony yesterday, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a breakfast  for the Australian official delegation, the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove; Prime Minister Scott Morrison and&nb

  • National Remembrance Day in Christchurch

    Two weeks after a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, where 50 worshippers lost their lives and many more were injured, today's National Remembrance Service brought together the wounded and survivors of the attack, along with citizens of Ch

  • Messages for Christchurch

    Dame Patsy has received numerous letters and messages from Heads of State, foreign dignitaries and organisations in the days following the Christchurch shootings. Here is a selection for you to read.

  • Farewell call from the Ambassador of Iran

    Dame Patsy and Sir David received a farewell call from the Ambassador of Iran, HE Mr Jalaladdin Namini Mianji and Mrs Fatemeh Namini Mianji at Government House in Wellington.

  • Dinner for the King and Queen of Tonga

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner on the Norrie Dining Room for His Majesty King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u.

  • Welcome for HM King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and HM Queen Nanasipau'u

    This morning, Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed HM King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and HM Queen Nanasipau'u. Their Majesties are making an official visit to New Zealand.

  • Visit to Kapiti College

    This afternoon, one week after the killing of 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealanders gathered in our towns and cities to observe two minutes' silence.

  • Visit by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

    HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan called on Dame Patsy to offer the condolences of the people of Jordan to New Zealanders in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

  • Dinner for Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

    Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence is Vice President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is responsible for caring for the war graves of Commonwealth service personnel from the First and Second World Wars.

  • Christchurch Visit Day Two

    The second day of Dame Patsy's visit to Christchurch began with a meeting with the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre.

  • Christchurch Visit Day One

    Dame Patsy and Sir David travelled to Christchurch to pay their respects following the Christchurch mosque shootings.

  • Wellington Vigil For Christchurch

    Thousands of Wellingtonians attended the Vigil For Christchurch at the Basin Reserve this evening.

  • Visit to Kilbirnie Mosque

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Kilbirnie Mosque.

  • Message from King Abdullah of Jordan

    Dame Patsy has received a telephone call from King Abdullah of Jordan. 

    He expressed his deepest sympathy and his strong support for NZ and NZers. He offered whatever assistance we need to deal with the tragedy. 

Help us improve the Governor-General website

Your feedback is very important in helping us improve the Governor-General website.

4 + 3 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.