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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Visit to St Mark's School

    This morning we visited a close neighbour of Government House, St Mark's School, to help them celebrate 100 years to the day since the school opened. The school has had a close relationship with Government House over the years.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka!

  • Visit to the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth

    Yesterday Dame Patsy and Sir David were given a brief tour of the Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth.

  • Opening of the Rainforest Centre at Pukeiti

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the renowned gardens at Pukeiti to formally open the Rainforest Centre, where visitors can learn about the history of the gardens and walk along  elevated walkways into the rainforest.

  • Women of Influence Awards

    On Thursday night, Dame Patsy presented Helen Clark with the Lifetime Acheivement award at the 2017 Women of Influence Awards in Auckland.

    More photos

  • Credentials Ceremony 6 September 2017

    This afternoon, Dame Patsy received the credentials of three Ambassadors: HE Mr Marc Mullie, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium; Mr Mirza Hajric, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina; and HE Mr Wahidullah Waissi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic

  • Special investiture - Hon Jim Anderton

    Dame Patsy presented Hon Jim Anderton with the insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament at a special ceremony in Christchurch yesterday.

  • Dame Patsy opens The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

    Tonight Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the opening of The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence at the Auckland Art Gallery.

  • Investiture Dinner

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David are hosting honours recipients at a dinner at Government House.

    Image gallery

  • Investiture Friday 1 September

    The last investiture ceremony of 2017 saw 22 New Zealanders recognised for their service to their communities.

  • Thursday afternoon investiture ceremony

    Congratulations to the 18 New Zealanders who received their insignia at Government House in Wellington this afternoon.

  • Investiture Ceremony 30 August

    This morning Dame Patsy presented insignia to 18 recipients of Queen's Birthday Honours.

    More images of this ceremony

  • Wellington investiture week

    It's investiture week in Wellington. Today, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted two ceremonies to recognise the acheivements of 37 New Zealanders.

  • Diversity Awards

    Diversity Works encourages and promotes diversity in New Zealand workplaces. On Thursday 24 August Dame Patsy attended the 2017 Diversity Awards dinner, where organisations that are leading the way are acknowledged and celebrated.

  • National Poetry Day

    To celebrate National Poetry Day, Dame Patsy has selected three of her favourite poems.

  • Call from the High Commissioner of Australia

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David received a farewell call from HE Peter Woolcott, High Commissioner of Australia. 

  • Signing the Electoral Writ

    This morning, Dame Patsy signed the writ giving permission for the General Election to be held on 23 September. The writ is the formal authority to run the election and enables candidate nominations to open tomorrow on 24 August.

  • State Luncheon for the President of the Republic of Croatia, HE Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic

    On Saturday 19 August, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a State Luncheon for HE Kolinda Grabar Kitarovic and members of her delegation; former Prime Ministers The Rt Hon Jim Bolger and The Rt Hon Helen Clark, and former Governor-General Dame Silvia

  • Dissolution of Parliament

    Today Dame Patsy signed the proclamation dissolving the 51st Parliament of New Zealand. The proclamation takes effect tomorrow, when it will be officially read out on the steps of Parliament by the New Zealand Herald of Arms Extraordinary.

  • State Welcome for the President of the Republic of Croatia

    The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne hosted a State Welcome ceremony and luncheon for the President of the Republic of Croatia,Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Mr Jacov Kitarovic at Government House in Auckland.

  • Auckland investiture - Friday 18 August

    Kiwi singer-songwriter Annie Crummer was one of 15 honours recipients who attended investitures in Auckland today.

  • Thursday afternoon investiture

    This afternoon Dame Patsy hosted an investiture ceremony for 12 New Zealand achievers.

  • This morning's investitures in Auckland

    This morning, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted an investiture ceremony at Government House Auckland and congratulated 12 honours recipients.

  • This afternoon's investitures at Government House

    This afternoon's investiture recipients included Dame Julie Christie, DNZM, for services to governance and the television industry, Ms Mary Ama, CNZM, for services to the arts and the Pacific community, Mr Jim Gray, ONZM for services to Maori and govern

  • Investitures at Goverment House in Auckland

    This morning Dame Patsy congratulated 13 honours recipients at Government House in Auckland.

  • Ngāti Pūkenga Claims Settlement Bill

    A camera crew filmed Dame Patsy signing three bills into existence this afternoon. The footage will be used for a video explaining how Parliament works and the steps required to bring a piece of legislation into existence.

  • Presentation of Queen's Guide and Grand Prior Awards

    The final awards ceremony today at Government House was for 40 Queen's Guides and 7 recipients of the St John Grand Prior Award, the highest award that young members of St John can aspire to.

  • Presentation of Queen's Scout Awards and Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Gold Awards

    Congratulations to the 63 recipients of awards this afternoon

  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Gold Awards

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a ceremony for 56 Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Gold Awards this morning.


  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards AGM

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the board meeting for the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Aotearoa New Zealand Hillary Award, with Dame Patsy later chairing the AGM.

  • Visit to the Royal New Zealand Ballet

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the headquarters of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in Wellington for a behind the scenes look at the company as it prepares for its latest production 'Romeo and Juliet'.

  • Farewell Call from the High Commissioner of Malaysia

    This morning, Dame Patsy received a farewell call from the High Commissioner of Malaysia, HE Dato' Kim Eng Lim

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