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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Order of New Zealand dinner 2022

  • Sir Murray Halberg ONZ

    We acknowledge today the sad news of the passing of Sir Murray Halberg. Sir Murray's outstanding athletics career was highlighted by his winning the gold medal in the 5,000 metres at the Rome Olympic Games in 1960.

  • Excellence In Foster Care Awards 2022

    This afternoon, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies welcomed the recipients of the Caring Families Aotearoa Excellence in Foster Care Awards.

  • Royal Humane Society of New Zealand Medal Presentation 2022

    This afternoon Dame Cindy presented Royal Humane Society of New Zealand medals to six recipients: Anna Brooke, Michael Smith, Henry Deans and Jeffrey Davies for their part in rescuing two trampers trapped on a mountain side; Paul Gerritson for rescuing

  • Honorary Doctorate from Massey University

    Dame Cindy on Friday received an Honorary Doctorate in Health from her alma mater Massey University in Palmerston North.

  • Visit to Waikato and Cambridge Studs

    On Thursday, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies visited the Waikato and Cambridge Studs – two of New Zealand’s premier Thoroughbred nurseries, each carrying an international reputation for breeding excellence.

  • Child Cancer Foundation Awards 2022

    Yesterday Dame Cindy and Dr Davies hosted a reception honouring a new Life Member of the Child Cancer Foundation, Karen Heslip.

  • Waitemata Rowing Club

    Darcy Hadfield was the first New Zealander to win a medal at an Olympic Games.

  • Credentials Ceremony November 2022

    Dame Cindy welcomed seven new overseas representatives to New Zealand today: HE Mr Viktor Vavricka, Ambassador of Switzerland; HE Mr Chang-sik Kim, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea; HE Mr Areg Hovhannisian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia; HE M

  • Launch of the Constitution of New Zealand

    Yesterday Dame Cindy was on hand to launch Justice Matthew Palmer and Dean Parker's new survey of New Zealand's constitutional arrangements "The Constitution of New Zealand". 

  • Regional visit to Timaru

  • Investiture ceremony for Dame Silvia Cartwright ONZ and Sir Tipene O'Regan ONZ

    Yesterday Dame Cindy presided at a ceremony at Government House where she awarded Dame Silvia Cartwright and Sir Tipene O'Regan insignia for their additional membership of the Order of New Zealand.

  • Christchurch Investitures 8 November 2022 PM

    For the final investiture in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Dame Cindy recognised seven further outstanding New Zealanders.

  • Christchurch Investiture 8 November 2022 AM

    This morning in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Dame Cindy held investitures for eight Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee honours recipients, including our most decorated para athlete, Dame Sophie Pascoe.

  • Public Service Day Awards 2022

    Last night Government House celebrated Public Service Day by hosting Te Ra Ratonga Tumatanui Public Service Day Awards.

  • 2022 Rhodes Scholarship

    Our very warmest congratulations to this year's New Zealand Rhodes Scholars.

  • Ngā Tohunga Whakatere: The Navigators

    Dame Cindy and Dr Davies visited Space Place at Carter Observatory to see Ngā Tohunga Whakatere: The Navigators. The 3D film tells the story of how Māori, Pasifika and Europeans sailed to Aotearoa by relying on the skies as their guide.

  • Rimu planting for the Platinum Jubilee

    Dr Davies visited Glenside’s historic Halfway House to plant a rimu in honour of Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

  • Appointment of permanent Usher of the Black Rod

    Very warmest congratulations to Sandy McKie on her permanent appointment as Usher of the Black Rod – the first woman appointed to the role in New Zealand’s history.

  • Queen's Park Oak Planting

    At 15 years of age, a young Princess Elizabeth instructed that acorns from Windsor Great Park be sent to Wellington New Zealand, to be planted in Queen’s Park – a site developed to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.

  • Women's Rugby World Cup Teams Welcome

    Dame Cindy was in Auckland to help welcome the 12 competing teams of the women's Rugby World Cup to Aotearoa New Zealand, and presented each team captain their participation cap and medal.

  • Opening of Te Wao Nui

    Mark Dunajtschik and Dorothy Spotswood's extraordinary generosity and support of landmark health initiatives was recognised at today's opening of a new children's health service in Wellington: Te Wao Nui, located in a building which is named the na

  • The State Memorial Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

    “She showed us that though our lives can sometimes feel at the mercy of immense and indifferent forces, what matters most remains always within our control: the small acts of goodness and generosity we perform each day.”

  • The State Funeral for Queen Elizabeth II

  • Wellington Investiture 21 September 2022 PM

    For the final Queen’s Birthday and Platinum Jubilee Honours investiture ceremony at Government House Wellington, nine recipients received their insignia. Maha Galal received an MNZM for services to the Muslim community.

  • Wellington Investitures 21st September 2022 AM

    Nine recipients were welcomed to Government House this morning for their investiture ceremony, including Dame Judy McGregor, who was acknowledged for her services to human rights and health.

  • Wellington Investitures September 20th 2022 PM

    Chief Justice, the Rt Hon Dame Helen Winkelmann, presided over investitures this afternoon as the Administrator of the Government.

  • Wellington Investitures 20th September 2022 AM

    Among this morning’s ten investiture recipients, Revered Jon Hartley received a QSO, recognising his services to governance and the community.

  • Wellington Investiture 16th September 2022 PM

    For this week’s final investiture, eleven recipients were honoured at Government House Wellington. Former Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, received a QSO for services to the judiciary, children and youth.

  • Wellington Investiture 16 September 2022 AM

    This morning, the Administrator of the Government Dame Susan Glazebrook welcomed nine outstanding New Zealanders for their investiture at Government House.

  • Investiture Ceremony 15 September 2022 pm

    Ten people were invested with their honours at Government House today and were acknowledged for their outstanding services across diverse fields, including governance, agricultural science, health, business, music, journalism, wildlife conservation, tra

  • Wellington Investitures 15th September 2022 AM

    Aotearoa New Zealand’s most capped Silver Ferns Coach, Dame Ruth Aitken, was presented with her DNZM at Government House this morning.

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