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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Diversity dinner

    Three inspiring speakers, expressing three very different perspectives on the topics of diversity and inclusion captivated tonight's guests at a dinner in celebration of diversity in 21st century New Zealand.

  • Halberg Foundation Youth Council

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the members of the Halberg Foundation Youth Council at a morning tea at Government House in Wellington.

  • KiMuaNZ Reception

    "I stand as one.

  • Swearing-in of a new Minister

    Dame Patsy officiated at the swearing-in of new Minister, Hon Poto Williams at Government House in Wellington. Minister Williams is the Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector and is also Associate Minister for Greater Christchurch Regenera

  • Quadrangular Tournament Schools' Visit

    Rugby players taking part in the 93rd Quadrangular Tournament visited Government House today.

  • Dark Skies Experience opening and Mt John Observatory

    Dame Patsy was on ribbon-cutting duties at the new Dark Sky Experience attraction in Takapō.

  • Visit to Okains Bay Museum

    Okains Bay Museum is located in a remote bay on Banks Peninsula.

  • Visit to Linwood Islamic Centre

    This morning Dame Patsy received a warm welcome at the Linwood Islamic Centre, where she met members of Christchurch's Muslim community.

  • Credentials Ceremony 27 June 2019

    Three new diplomatic envoys presented their credentials to Dame Patsy this morning: HE Mr Mark Holowesko, the High Commissioner of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas; HE Archbishop Novatus Rugambwa, the Apostolic Nuncio; and HE Professor Joyce Kakuramatsi

  • New Zealand Youth Awards 2019

    Fourteen young New Zealanders have been chosen from their peers to receive this year's New Zealand Youth Awards.

  • Invitations closed for June, July, August and September

    We're heading into the busiest part of the year and the Governor-General's diary is looking very full. Regrettably we cannot accept any more invitations for June, July, August and September 2019.

  • Order of St John Investiture Ceremony, 16 June 2019

    On 15 June, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended an investiture ceremony for St John postulants at the Cathedral of St Paul's in Wellington. Dame Patsy is Prior of the Order in New Zealand.

  • Red Cross "Taste of Cultures" dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a fundraising dinner for the Red Cross to mark World Refugee Day.

  • Reception for Wellington Sexual Abuse HELP! Foundation

    Every year in New Zealand, one in three girls, one in six boys and one in two disabled people experience some form of sexual abuse. For Maori girls and women, the likelihood of sexual violence is twice as high as the general population.

  • A visit to Zealandia

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary in the suburb of Karori in Wellington. Zealandia's 500-year vision is to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems to their pre-human state.

  • Official Opening of Iqra Elementary School

    Members of the Muslim community celebrated the official opening of Iqra Elementary School's new premises in Auckland today. We were impressed by the children's and staff's use of English, Te Reo Maori and Arabic.

  • Spend My Super Launch

    Sir David stood in for Dame Patsy at the launch of not for profit organisation Spend My Super at Government House in Auckland this evening.

  • D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

    Dame Patsy represented New Zealand at the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. As well as attending the official ceremony, she had the opportunity to meet with leaders of 15 other nations a

  • Otago 150 Commemorations

    Otago University, our oldest university, is celebrating 150 years this year. It took just 29 years from the arrival of the first Scots settlers till the University was opened in 1869.

  • Te Runanga o Otakou Marae

    Te Runanga o Otakou Marae is situated in a spectacular setting near the mouth of Otago Harbour. It was there that two Ngai Tahu chiefs signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi in June 1840.

  • Dunedin visit: Tuhura, Otago Museum, and the Royal Albatross Centre

    Protection of the natural world and innovative research was a strong theme in today's visits to the Otago Museum and the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.

  • Christchurch visit

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Christchurch on Wednesday.

  • New Zealand School's Debating Championships Grand Final 2019

    Dame Patsy spoke at and presented the prizes at the New Zealand School's Debating Championships Grand Final at Parliament today.

  • Jane Goodall Institute of New Zealand Reception

    Dame Pasty and Sir David hosted a reception for the Jane Goodall Institute at Government House.

  • Auckland Investitures Tuesday 21 May

    Congratulations to the recipients who received their insignia at Government House in Auckland today. Recipients included Jennifer Ward-Lealand for services to theatre, film and television; our Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh for servi

  • Investiture Ceremonies, 20 May 2019

    Today there were two investiture ceremonies at Government House Auckland. The first was for The Rt Hon Dame Helen Winkelmann, the Chief Justice of New Zealand.

  • Auckland Grammar 150th Commemorations

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended two of Auckland Grammar's 27 events to mark the school's first 150 years.

  • St Cuthbert's scholars assembly

    Today it seemed like all the students at St Cuthbert's turned out to welcome Dame Patsy when she arrived at the school.

  • Investiture Auckland Thursday 16 May 2019

    Congratulations to all today's recipients for their work in human rights, design and business, rugby and rugby league, the LGBTIQ+ community, fashion, Cook Islands art and culture, athletics, and education. 

  • Auckland Investitures Wed 15 May

    Two more investiture ceremonies were held at Government House today.

    The morning saw  the arts, sport and science mix together with Dame Gaylene Preston, Dan Carter, Lydia Ko, Barbara Kendall and Glen Ashby receiving their insignia.

  • Investiture Ceremonies 14 May 2019

    Two knighthoods were conferred at today's ceremonies at Government House Auckland. Sir Stephen Tindall's knighthood was elevated to a GNZM and Sir Rob McLeod received his KNZM for services to business and Maori.

  • Investiture Thursday 2 May, Morning

    Congratulations to the 17 New Zealanders who received their insignia at an investiture at Government House in Wellington this morning

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