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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Investiture Ceremony 19 September 2019 pm

    This afternoon's honour recipients received insignia for services to Cook Islands business and tourism, people with intellectual disabilities, design, the New Zealand Kennel Club, education, rugby, gliding, Maori and Maori arts, horticulture and the art

  • Investiture Thursday 19 September, 2019 AM

    Congratulations to the 16 New Zealanders recognised at Government House this morning for their services to local, government, the community, conservation, people with rare health disorders, the blind community, music education, wildlife conservation, th

  • Investiture Wednesday 18 September 2019 AM

    Science, youth health, wildlife conservation and opthalmology were just some of the areas this morning's 16 honours recipients have made an impact on.

  • Investiture Tuesday 17 September 2019, PM

    Congratulations to everybody recognised for their service at this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 17 September 2019, am

    Members of the Defence Force, Police, Fire and Emergency and the Coastguard received insignia for the Queen's Birthday Honours at a ceremony at Government House this morning.

  • Eureka! Symposium 2019

    As a tribute to one of our most distinguished scientists, the late Sir Paul Callaghan, the Eureka! Young Science Leaders programme was established to encourage and recognise excellence in science communication.

  • Waitangi Day Garden Reception Ballot 2020

    The 2020 Waitangi Day Garden Reception is being held at Government House in Wellington on Thursday 6 February.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 6 September 2019

    The final investiture ceremony for the week saw nine women and three men receive their insignia from Dame Patsy.

  • Investiture Ceremony, Thursday 5 September 2019

    There was a strong Pasifika presence amongst the thirteen recipients at this afternoon's investiture ceremony.

  • Investiture ceremony Thursday 5 September, AM

    12 more recipients were honoured for their services to youth and education, family violence prevention, women, engineering, domestic violence prevention and the State, rugby, victim support, seniors, the community, the Niuean community and sport.

  • Investitures Wednesday 4 September 2019 AM

    Congratulations to New Zealand's newest theatrical knight, Sir Roger Hall and the 12 other New Zealanders who were recognised at Government House in Auckland for their contributions to ballet, health,mental health awareness and suicide prevention, photo

  • Investiture ceremony, Tues 3 September PM Auckland

    Congratulations to the 11 New Zealanders, recognised for their contribution to social policy, Māori, psychiatry, the New Zealand Defence Force, women, the State, woodturning, Fire and Emergency New Zealand, art and governance and Māori art at this after

  • Investiture Ceremony, 3 September 2019, am

    Contributions to the arts and conservation was a strong theme at this morning's investiture ceremony, along with services to Maori, the community, counselling, palliative care and equestrian sports.

  • Suffrage in Stitches

    Yesterday Dame Patsy visited the Suffrage in Stitches exhibition at Wellington Museum.

  • 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. 

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