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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Visit to Papakura Military Camp

    Dame Patsy and Sir David spent yesterday afternoon at Papakura Military Camp with the 1st New Zealand Special Air Service Regiment, learning more about the Regiment’s history and culture.

  • 50th anniversary of the Grounds Committee at Government House Auckland

    Government House Auckland was gifted to the Queen for the use of Governors-General by Sir Frank and Lady Mappin, who were noted horticulturalists and philanthropists.

  • 2019 Auckland Anniversary Regatta

    Governor Hobson provided a naval guardship for the first Auckland regatta, and every year since, the Royal New Zealand Navy has kept  up that tradition for the Auckland Anniversary Day regatta. Today, Dame Patsy and Sir David joined the crew a

  • Call from Chief of Navy

    Today Dame Patsy received a call from new Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor and wife Wendy Proctor.

  • NZ Opera School 2019

    Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the final concert of the NZ Opera School's 2019 season. The concert, "Great Opera Moments 2019) featured 20 up and coming New Zealand singers who were specially chosen to study with international tutors.

  • Wildbase Recovery visit

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were given a special tour of the new Wildbase Recovery facility in Palmerston North.

  • New Year Message 2019

    Happy New Year, New Zealand! Dame Patsy wishes you all the best for a brighter, more sustainable 2019.

  • Stakeholders and suppliers reception - Auckland

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a function for people and organisations who have had a role in the running of Government House in Auckland over the last year.

  • Auckland arts patrons dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a second dinner to thank arts patrons for their support for New Zealand's creative sector, this time at Government House in Auckland.

  • Kauri Flats School official opening

    Today, Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Kauri Flats School in Takanini, Auckland.

  • 2018 Arts Patron Dinner, Wellington

    This evening Government House celebrated the arts in New Zealand with the people who help to make it possible for artists, writers and performers to develop their talent, create new works and make us think about who we are and where we ar

  • Heart Kids Wellington 30th Anniversary

    Heart Kids Wellington couldn't have asked for a better day to celebrate their 30th anniversary, with blue skies and sunshine the order of the day at Government House.

  • Visit to Waiouru for the 2018 New Zealand Commissioning Course Graduation Ceremony

    The sun shone for today's visit by helicopter to Waiouru, where 34 New Zealand officer cadets and 8 officer cadets from 5 other nations graduated from their commissioning course, and performed precision parade ground drills to the accompaniment of

  • Canine Friends Pet Therapy

    Coco had competition for the affections of Dame Patsy and Sir David after a visit to Te Hopai Home and Hospital in Wellington this morning.

  • Bold Steps Conference

    Yesterday Dame Patsy joined 800 plus women at the Bold Steps Conference in Auckland.

  • Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand Reception

    Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand has been supporting individuals and families for 50 years.

  • State Welcome for the President of the Republic of Korea

    Dame Patsy welcomed the President of the Republic of Korea, HE Moon Jae-In and his wife HE Kim Jung-sook to New Zealand during a ceremony at Government House in Auckland.

  • Sir George Elliot Scholarships - 20th Anniversary

    In 1999 the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust launched the Elliot Scholarships.

  • Suffrage 125 morning tea

    Today marks the 125th anniversary of the first general election in New Zealand where women were able to cast their vote.

  • Credentials at Government House Wellington

    The rain fell and the wind blew but the scheduled credentials ceremonies at Government House continued regardless, although in a somewhat truncated form.

  • New Zealand Film Commission 40th Anniversary

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to host a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Film Commission at Government House in Wellington this evening.

  • Appointment ceremony for the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue

    Today Dame Patsy officialted at the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue.

  • New Zealand Women in Leadership Alumnae Symposium

    Dame Patsy delivered the opening address at the NZ Women in leadershop Alumnae Symposium at Victoria University today.

  • State Welcome for President Sebastian Pinera of Chile

    This morning His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, the President of Chile received a State Welcome at Government House Auckland.

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  • Order of New Zealand Dinner 2018

    Some very special guests at Government House tonight for the annual dinner for Members of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

  • Rhodes Scholar reception 2018

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David held a reception for the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship finalists.

  • At Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a lunch for departing Heads of Mission at Government House on Wednesday.

  • Armistice Day Commemorations - Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy officiated at the Armistice Day National Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.   The peace bell tolled, the crowd joined in two minutes' silence, then stunning dance, music and song evoked the jubilation, r

  • New Zealand Memorial, London

    On Tuesday, Dame Patsy and Sir David laid a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, accompanied by New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, HE Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, our previous Governor-General.

  • Visit to Oxford

    On Monday, Dame Patsy and Sir David had a busy day in Oxford, where they met up with our Rhodes Scholars and caught up with their news about their studies and their plans for the future.

  • Royal Visit overview

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received an enthusiastic welcome from New Zealanders during their recent four day visit. We've put together a selection of images by photographer Mark Tantrum that tell the story of their time in New Zealand

  • Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot announcement

    The successful applicants in the Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot have been selected and emails have been sent out. Congratulations to everyone who will be joining us at Government House in Wellington next year.

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