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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Launch of the Trees that Count Legacy Project for the Platinum Jubilee


  • Pōwhiri at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Surrounded by her whānau and closest supporters, Dame Cindy was officially welcomed onto the Waitangi Treaty Grounds as Governor-General.

  • Homecoming at Mōtatau Marae

    It was a very special day for Dame Cindy and her whānau in Northland, as she was formally welcomed onto Mōtatau Marae in recognition of her appointment as Governor-General.

  • Wellington Investiture 10 May 2022 PM

    Eleven recipients were recognised for outstanding service in their communities in the final investiture ceremony of this round at Government House Wellington.

  • Wellington Investiture 10 May 2022 AM

    This morning at Government House Wellington, Dame Cindy was pleased to acknowledge Dr Lindsay Mildenhall, ONZM, for his extensive work in the fields of neonatal intensive care and resuscitation training.

  • Wellington Investiture 9 May 2022 PM

    Among the ten recipients at this afternoon’s investiture ceremony was Dr Arapera Royal Tangaere, receiving a CNZM for her work with Te Kōhanga Reo Trust since 1982. The first Kōhanga Reo opened in the Wellington region that year, and there are now

  • Wellington Investiture 6 May 2022 PM

    For this week’s final investiture ceremony, Dame Cindy welcomed eleven recipients to Government House. Rosemary McLeod was recognised for her career as a writer and cartoonist.

  • Investiture Ceremony 6 May 2022 AM

    The eleven honours recipients at this morning's investiture ceremony were thanked for their achievements and services to Pacific health and education; agricultural science and business; tertiary education; Fire and Emergency New Zealand; dairy and agric

  • Investiture Ceremony, 5 May 2022 PM

    This afternoon Honours recipients were acknowledged for their services to paediatric and neonatal care; disabilities and the arts; the New Zealand Police;  the community; women's health; musical theatre; traffic safety; floristry; an

  • Investiture Ceremony 5 May 2022 AM

    This morning's Honours recipients included three NZDF personnel who played pivotal roles in New Zealand's response to COVID-19: Air Commodore Darryn Webb, MNZM for services to the New Zealand Defence Force; Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Blythen, DSD for se

  • Wellington Investiture 4 May 2022 PM

    Nine recipients were honoured today at Government House, including Sir Robert ‘Bom’ Gillies; the last surviving member of the Māori Battalion.

  • Wellington Investiture 3 May 2022 PM

    Former Director-General of the Department of Conservation, Lou Sanson, received his QSO this afternoon at Government House. One of his many achievements in his eight years at DOC was overseeing the Predator Free New Zealand Strategy.

  • Wellington Investiture 3 May 2022 AM

    Eleven recipients were welcomed to Government House for their investiture this morning including former National President of New Zealand Red Cross, Dr Jenny McMahon.

  • Wellington Investiture 2 May 2022 PM

    Today, Dame Cindy presented Honours recipients with insignia recognising outstanding achievements and service. Eminent author Emeritus Professor Sir Vincent O'Sullivan received the accolade when he was re-designated from a DCNZM to a KNZM.

  • Anzac Day 2022

    Dame Cindy and Dr Davies started their Anzac Day by attending the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.

  • Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei present Rūaumoko to Government House Auckland

    When Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei welcomed Dame Cindy and Dr Davies to Ōrākei Marae earlier this year, they presented Their Excellencies with a tukutuku panel that represents the maunga of Tāmaki Makaurau.

  • Dinner with former Governors-General to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee

    In honour of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies welcomed some familiar faces back to Government House for a dinner on the 9th of April.

  • Credentials Ceremonies

    Dame Cindy welcomed eight new diplomatic representatives to New Zealand today at Government House, with the return of full-scale credentials ceremonies.

  • ICC Women's World Cup reception

    This week the ICC Women's World Cup tournament is approaching its final stages.

  • Visit to Auckland

    Dame Cindy recently spent the week in Auckland, meeting with some remarkable organisations and individuals supporting their communities and fellow New Zealanders.

  • St John Investiture Service and Installation

    On Thursday, in a very special ceremony held at Government House Auckland, the Governor-General was invested as Dame of Justice of St John and installed as the Prior of St John, while Dr Davies was invested as an Officer of St John. 

  • Commonwealth Day 2022

    Yesterday Dame Cindy hosted two events at Government House to celebrate Commonwealth Day 2022.

  • Virtual Credentials March 2022

    Today, Dame Cindy hosted a virtual credentials ceremony for three new Ambassadors based overseas.

  • Aotearoa Circle Virtual Hui

    This morning Dame Cindy spoke at an inspiring and informative virtual hui of the Aotearoa Circle, a cross-sector group that is working on developing roadmaps for a sustainable future for Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Girls' Brigade and Boys' Brigade awards

    Dame Cindy and Dr Davies welcomed members of the Girls’ Brigade and Boys’ Brigade who achieved to the highest level their respective organisations.

  • Credentials ceremony 22 February 2022

    This morning, Dame Cindy held credentials ceremonies for three new Ambassadors to New Zealand.

  • The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

    Seventy years ago, on 6 February 1952, a 25-year-old Princess Elizabeth asceded the throne, and became Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. In this, the Platinum Jubilee year, we celebrate Her Majesty’

  • Waitangi Day 2022

    This year was a departure from New Zealanders’ previous experiences of our national day.

  • Sir George Elliot Tertiary Scholarships 2021

    This morning Dame Cindy welcomed the 2021 recipients of the Sir George Elliot Tertiary Scholarships.

  • Virtuoso Strings

    Last night at Government House, Their Excellencies enjoyed a real festive treat, with the Virtuoso Strings Orchestra playing a special Christmas concert.

  • Wellington Investiture 14 December 2021 AM

    The final investiture ceremony for the year saw eight recipients receive their honours across a wide range of fields, including one of our most capped Black Ferns.

  • Wellington Investiture 13 December 2021 PM

    This afternoon's investiture ceremony welcomed eight recipients to Government House Wellington.

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