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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Christchurch investiture ceremony - Friday 2 July 2021

    Congratulations to the 11 recipients who received the insignia of their honours at a ceremony in Christchurch this morning.

  • Visit to Te Rau Aroha Marae

    In February, a scheduled visit to Bluff's Te Rau Aroha Marae was postponed because of Level Two protocols around the size of public gatherings.

  • Credentials Ceremony 29 June 2021

    To contend with the crisp Wellington weather, Dame Patsy hosted a smaller (warmer) credentials ceremony inside for new Ambassadors and High Commissioners this morning.

  • NZIIA event

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a meeting of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs at Victoria University. Dame Patsy spoke to an audience of NZIIA members and members of the Diplomatic Corps about the internatio

  • Child Cancer Foundation Honorary Life Membership Awards

    The work the Child Cancer Foundation does is so important to families going through an incredibly stressful time.

  • Aotearoa Art Fair Reception

    Earlier in the year, Dame Patsy and Sir David truly enjoyed the opportunity to visit the Aotearoa Art Fair in Auckland. This evening they returned the favour and thanked the “engine room” of people who made the five-day experience a success.

  • Wellington City Mission

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted staff and supporters of Wellington's City Mission to hear about the Mission's exciting new project, Whakamaru, which will be a community hub in Newtown.

  • Opening of Te Papa's Surrealist Exhibition

    Dame Patsy formally opened Te Papa's magnificent exhibition of surrealist art from Rotterdam's Museum  Boijmans Van Beuningen.

  • State Visit to Australia

  • Credentials Ceremony, Thursday 27 May 2021

    This morning Dame Patsy received the credentials of new diplomatic envoys to New Zealand: HE Mr Chann Rotana, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Cambodia; HE Ms Satu Mattila-Budich, Ambassador of the Republic of Finland; HE Mr Merzak Belhimeur, Ambassador of

  • Wellington Children's Hospital Dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner this evening to thank some of the many people who have contributed to the new Wellington Children’s Hospital, which is nearing its final stages of completion.

  • Investiture Ceremony for Professor Sir Derek Lardelli

    On Saturday Dame Patsy travelled to Whangara to present Professor Sir Derek Lardelli with the insignia for his knighthood.

  • Troy Kingi album preview - 'Black Sea, Golden Ladder'

    Government House was lit up for the return of Matairangi Mahi Toi Artist in Residence Troy Kingi with a preview of his new album "Black Sea, Golden Ladder'.

  • Victoria University of Wellington Law Faculty 25th Anniversary in the Old Government Buildings

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David attended celebrations to mark 25 years of tenancy of the Old Government Buildings by Victoria University of Wellington's Law Faculty.

  • Whānau Āwhina Plunket's 114th birthday and International Nurses Day.

    Dame Patsy hosted a reception to mark Whānau Āwhina Plunket's 114th birthday and International Nurses Day.

  • Te Papa Foundation Tour of Government House

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted Trustees and supporters of Te Papa Foundation for a tour of selected rooms at Government House, focussing on the art, furniture and interior design elements.

  • Wellington Investiture 7 May 2021 PM

    Friday afternoon closed the Wellington New Year 2021 investiture ceremonies, with 14 recipients receiving their honours. Celebrated author Elizabeth Knox received a CNZM for services to literature and playwright Victor Roger was awarded an ONZM.

  • Wellington Investiture 7 May 2021 AM

    Professor Dame Cindy Kiro was honoured for services to child wellbeing and education at this morning’s investiture ceremony.

  • Wellington Investiture 6 May 2021 PM

    13 recipients were honoured at this afternoon’s investiture ceremony, including Dame Karen Poutasi, who has been Director General for the Ministry of Health (1995-2006) and Chief Executive of the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (2006-2020).

  • Wellington investiture, 6 May 2021, AM

    Congratulations to Sir William Temara, who received the insignia of a KNZM at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington this morning.

  • Wellington investiture, 5 May 2021, AM

    This morning's investiture ceremony saw 14 people receive the insignia of their honour including former Speaker of the House of Representatives The Rt Hon Sir David Carter and All Black Conrad Smith.

  • Wellington investiture, 4 May 2021, PM

    At this afternoon's investiture ceremony, 13 honours recipients were recognised for their outstanding achievements and contributions.

  • Wellington investiture 4 May 2021 AM

    Dame Patsy recognised the acheivements of 14 notable New Zealanders at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington today.

  • Dinner for Sir Mason Durie, ONZ

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner at Government House for Sir Mason Durie, ONZ, who received New Zealand's highest honour, the Order of New Zealand for his contribution to Maori health initiatives, research, governance, academia and ed

  • Wellington investiture 3 May 2021 PM

    This afternoon began the Wellington investiture ceremonies honouring the New Year 2021 New Zealand Honours recipients.

  • Anzac Day National Service 2021

    This morning's National Service to mark Anzac Day at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park was attended by military representatives, members of the Diplomatic Corps and several thousand members of the public.

  • ANZAC Day Dawn Service 2021

    One year ago, traditional ANZAC Day services were replaced by New Zealanders standing at Dawn outside their homes.

  • Anzac Day Message from the Governors-General of Australia and New Zealand

    Ka maumahara tonu tātou kia rātou - We will remember them.

  • Auckland Investiture 23 April PM 2021

    This afternoon's investiture ceremony brought investiture week in Tāmaki Makaurau to a close.

  • Auckland Investiture 23 April AM 2021

    Acknowledging more notable New Zealanders for their services to Aotearoa - including business supremo Rob Fyfe and former Split Enzer and guitar pedal inventor Paul Crowther.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 22 April PM 2021

    Eight more New Zealanders were acknowledged for their achievements at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Auckland this afternoon.

  • Auckland Investiture Ceremony 22 April AM 2021

    The Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Professor Dame Juliet Gerard, received her damehood this morning at Government House Auckland. Dame Juliet was appointed to the role of Chief Science Advisor in 2018, following Sir Peter Gluckman.

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