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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Hidden Government House

    While visitors to Government House Wellington are treated to familiar sites like the ballroom or the reflection pool, a wander off the beaten track can uncover something unexpected. Click through to see some of our lesser-known areas.

  • Pūkaha return

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the ceremony to mark the return of Pūkaha Reserve to Rangitāne, as part of the iwi's Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

  • Ward Kamo - Waitangi Day MC

    Following Dame Patsy's Waitangi Day address, MC Ward Kamo made a few observations about Waitangi Day. Here's what he said:

    On this day 180 years ago, one of the founding documents of this nation, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

  • Waitangi Day 2020 - Reception at Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for around 1800 New Zealanders at Government House in Wellington. The sun shone and the sun screen tent was kept busy.

  • Message from HM The Queen on Waitangi Day

     

  • Waitangi 2020, Day Three

    A very eventful day, beginning with the opening of Te Rau Aroha - the gift of love-a new museum on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

  • Day Two, Waitangi 2020

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a promotion ceremony for 17 cadets of the Leadership Academy of 'A' Company, an educational institution in Whangarei.

  • Powhiri at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 2020

    It was a perfect still morning at Waitangi Treaty Grounds when Dame Patsy and Sir David were welcomed back to Waitangi with a very moving powhiri. They were accompanied by Sir John Clarke as Kaumatua and Dr Hiria Hape as Kuia.

  • Credentials Ceremony 29 January 2020

    Yesterday Dame Patsy received the diplomatic credentials of new Heads of Mission: HE Ms Nina Obermaier, Ambassador of the European Union; HE Dr Mohammad Reza Mofatteh, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran; HE Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Ambassador of the

  • Roy Cowley special investiture

    Dame Patsy officiated at a special investiture for Roy Cowley, who received the insignia of an MNZM for his services to charity governance and the arts.

  • Pacifica Mamas - Matairangi Mahi Toi reception

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception to mark the successful completion of the Pacifica Mamas' Matairangi Mahi Toi arts residency.

  • Government House Kaumatua, Professor Piri Sciascia, ONZM

    Government House's Kaumatua, Professor Piri Sciascia died last Saturday morning. Dame Patsy joined the Prime Minister at his tangi on Monday, and today at his funeral in Porangahau.

  • Message to the World Holocaust Forum Conference 2020

    Dame Patsy sent this message to the participants at the World Holocaust Forum Conference 2020 taking place at Yad Vashem on 23 January

    Remembering the Holocaust and Fighting Antisemitism

  • Royal Assent for the Rua Kenana Pardon Bill at Maungapohatu

    Dame Patsy travelled to Maungapohatu, a remote Tuhoe settlement in the Ureweras, where she gave Royal Assent to the Rua Kenana Pardon Bill, which in addition to pardoning Rua Kenana, also conveyed an apology from the Crown.

  • Waitangi Day reception 2020

    The ballot invitations for next year's Waitangi Day garden reception were posted today (20 December)

    Waitangi Day 2020 information

  • Stakeholders and suppliers reception 2019

    'Come a little bit closer" Dame Patsy urged.

    There's no point in giving a speech thanking everyone for their help over the year if everyone's way down the back of the ballroom!

  • Visit to Eden Garden

    The weather was ideal for Dame Patsy's visit to Government House Auckland's next door neighbour Eden Garden.

  • Tuia 250 Voyage

    Dame Patsy visited the flotilla taking part in the Tuia 250 Voyage when they berthed in Welington Harbour.

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  • Official opening of SPCA Hobsonville Centre

    The SPCA has an impressive brand new centre in Hobsonville, purpose-built to serve the needs of the organisation and their animal charges.

  • NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

    Last night Dame Patsy spoke at the NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards and presented the Supreme Award to Little Yellow Bird, which supplies corporate uniforms and ethical clothes to businesses, while providing ethical employment and education oppor

  • Sir George Elliott Scholarships 2019

    The Sir George Elliot Scholarships for tertiary study are awarded to high-achieving students who have overcome challenging personal circumstances.

  • HM Queen Elizabeth - Message for Erebus 40th Anniversary

  • The 40th Anniversary of the Erebus Accident

    Dame Patsy hosted a moving service at Government House in Auckland to mark the 40th anniversary of the Erebus accident.

  • Three days in Auckland

  • HRH The Prince of Wales Waitangi Speech

    Scroll down for audio of the speech delivered by HRH The Prince of Wales at Waitangi.

    This was recorded live so please be aware that there is background noise

  • Visit of TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall 2019

    TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall were officially welcomed to New Zealand with a ceremony at Government House in Auckland.

  • Rhodes Scholar 2020 announcement

    Today Dame Patsy hosted the Rhodes Scholarship committee meeting and candidate interviews at Government House in Wellington.

    There were 8 candidates and Dame Patsy said the committee was impressed by their enthusiasm and ability.

  • The Frances Clarke Memorial Awards 2019

    This morning Dame Patsy hosted a high tea for the Wellington Down Syndrome Association's annual Frances Clarke Memorial Awards,  which recognise and encourage the special achievements of people born with Down syndrome in the greater

  • Credentials ceremonies, 12 November, PM

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received the credentials of the Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba, HE Mr Edgardo Valdés López; the Ambassador of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, HE Mrs Victoria Francolino; the Ambassador of the Republic

  • Credentials Ceremony, 12 November 2019 am

    This morning Dame Patsy received the credentials of the Ambassador of Switzerland, HE Mr Michael Winzap, the Ambassador of Mexico, HE Mr Alfredo Rogerio Perez Bravo, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt, HE Mrs Dina Farouk El Sahy, and the Ambas

  • Inaugural presentation of ceremonial hieke to WO1 Mark Mortiboy

    Defence chiefs wear ceremonial korowai that are passed on when a new incumbant takes up the role. Now Warrant Officers of the Defence Force have a harakeke hieke (rain cloak), woven especially by WO1 Robert Jobe.

  • Papawai Marae Wananga

    Today Dame Patsy attended a wananga at Papawai Marae, near Greytown, in honour of Sir Kim Workman, who was knighted earlier this year for his contributions to prison reform.

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