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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • 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.

  • Auckland Investiture 25 May 2022 AM

    Dame Cindy presented insignia to six Honours recipients this morning at Government House Auckland. Mr Ross Black was acknowledged for his services to health, founding the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust and acting as its Chair from 1998 to 2019.

  • Auckland Investiture 24 May 2022 PM

    Auckland investiture ceremonies continued this afternoon, with eight further recipients honoured for their outstanding work across New Zealand.

  • Auckland Investiture 24 May 2022 AM

    Professor Dame Marilyn Waring was one of those acknowledged in this morning's investiture ceremony at Government House Auckland.

  • Auckland Investiture 23 May 2022 PM

    Auckland investiture ceremonies began at Government House this afternoon, with eight outstanding individuals receiving insignia for their contributions across the fields of education, humanitarian advocacy, and conservation.

  • SPCA 150th Anniversary Celebration

    Last night at Government House Wellington, Dr Davies hosted the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) for their 150th anniversary celebrations.

  • Dame Cindy visit to Abu Dhabi

    Dame Cindy travelled to Abu Dhabi to attend an azza (official ceremonial ceremony) following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

  • New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards 2021

    While Dame Cindy was in the United Arab Emirates, in her place Dr Davies was honoured to welcome recipients of the 2021 New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards.

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