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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • New Zealand Riding for the Disabled

    This morning at Government House Auckland, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies hosted a morning tea in celebration of New Zealand Riding for the Disabled’s 60th anniversary.

  • Credentials Ceremonies 10 August 2022

    Today the rain held off long enought for Government House to offer our full outdoor credential ceremonies, including powhiri and an inspection of a Guard of Honour.

  • Opening of Youth Parliament 2022

    This morning at the Beehive, Dame Cindy officially opened Youth Parliament 2022.

  • Christchurch Investiture 7 July 2022 PM

    Thursday afternoon saw the final investiture ceremony held in Christchurch, with Dame Cindy presenting insignia to seven further Honours recipients.

  • Christchurch Investiture 7 July 2022 AM

    Christchurch investiture ceremonies continued this morning at the Town Hall, with seven further recipients honoured for their outstanding work across New Zealand.

  • Christchurch Investiture 6 July 2022 PM

    Dame Cindy presented insignia to six Honours recipients this afternoon at the Christchurch Town Hall.

  • New Zealand Bravery Awards

    This afternoon at the Christchurch Town Hall, Dame Cindy hosted the New Zealand Bravery Awards, acknowledging those who exhibited such extraordinary courage at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on 15th March 2019.

  • Credentials ceremonies 30 June 2022

    Dame Cindy welcomed a further five new Ambassadors to New Zealand today: HE Ms Biljana Stefanovska-Sekovska, Ambassador of The Republic of North Macedonia; HE Mr Sinchai Manivanh, or of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic; HE Mr Davaasuren Damdinsuren,

  • Credentials ceremonies 29 June 2022

    Today, four new diplomatic representatives presented their credentials at Government House Wellington.

  • Founder Lecture 2022

    This evening at the National Library, Dame Cindy delivered the annual Founder Lecture, hosted by the Friends of the Turnbull Library.

  • A message for the United Nations Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032)

    Ko tōku reo tōku ohooho, ko tōku reo tōku māpihi maurea
    My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul

  • Matariki Dinner with the Diplomatic Corps

    Last night at Government House Wellington, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies hosted the Diplomatic Corps for a very special Matariki Dinner, to mark the first time that New Zealand has observed Matariki as a public holiday.

  • He Wahine Maori Ahau

    He Wahine Maori Ahau is an inspirational speaker series focussing on the experience of Wahine Maori in the Public Service. The topic of yesterday's forum at the National Library was 'The Impact of the past on women today'.

  • Visit to the Compassion Soup Kitchen

    Today marks Suzanne Aubert's 187th birthday. Mother Aubert devoted her life to looking after those in need, and founded the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion.

  • Japan Festival

    Dame Cindy and Dr Davies attended the Japan Festival in Wellington yesterday – a very special event that also marked the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and New Zealand.

  • NZTrio 20th anniversary concert

    Last night's concert by NZTrio marked the 20th year since it was formed. The current line-up of Ashley Brown, Amalia Hall and Somi Kim gave an exquisite performance of classic and contemporary music.

  • Appointment of Minister and Allocation of Portfolios

    This afternoon at Government House Wellington, Dame Cindy authorised the appointment of Hon Kieran McAnulty to the Executive Council, as well as the appointment of Ministers to their new portfolios, on the advice of the Prime Minister.

  • Auckland Justices of the Peace Association 100 years afternoon tea

    There’s an old saying that goes “if you want something done, ask a busy person”. This afternoon, Dame Cindy hosted a group that truly embodies that phrase - the Auckland Justices of the Peace Association.

  • Gunners Day dinner 2022

    To (belatedly) celebrate Gunners Day, Dame Cindy hosted a dinner for the Royal New Zealand Artillery Association at Government House Auckland.

  • Vision Bus Aotearoa

    This afternoon, Dame Cindy officially opened Vision Bus Aotearoa; University of Auckland - Waipapa Taumata Rau's initiative to help solve inequities and barriers of access in getting better eye health to those in need.

  • HM Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee celebrations in London

  • The Administrator attends the Service of Celebration for the Platinum Jubilee

    To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a Service of Celebration was held at the Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington this morning.

  • Investiture Ceremony 30 May 2022 pm

    Today was the final day of the Auckland investiture round.

  • Investiture Ceremony 30 May 2022 am

    This morning's six recipients of honours insignia at Government House included Dr Geoff Lorigan, CNZM, who was acknowledged for his work in strategic development, academia and business. Sporting prowess featured in the careers of two recipient

  • Reception for the Himalayan Trust on Everest Day

    Tonight’s reception for the Himalayan Trust at Government House Auckland celebrated Everest Day – 29 May 2022 is the 69th anniversary of the historic conquest of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

  • Dr Davies' patronage of St John's community programmes

    On 15 March, His Excellency Dr Richard Davies was invested as an Officer of St John and took up the role of Patron for Community Health.

  • Auckland Investiture 28 May 2022 PM

    At this afternoon’s investiture ceremony, eight honours recipients received their insignia. They included Maxine Shortland, who has contributed 40 years to Netball as a player, coach, manager and administrator.

  • Investiture Ceremony 28 May 2022 am

    This morning's eight honours recipients included Sir Wayne Shelford KNZM, former All Black Captain and men's health advocate, and Rawiri Paratene, who received his CNZM for his services to Maori, film and theatre.

  • 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.

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