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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the Auckland Bioengineering Institute to find out more about the cutting-edge research being undertaken there.

  • 2019 Commonwealth Day

    Commonwealth diversity and Commonwealth connections were celebrated in a wonderful gathering in the Beehive Banquet Hall this evening.

    Dame Patsy delivered the Commonwealth Message from HM Queen Elizabeth:

  • International Women's Day round-up

    At Government House's morning tea on International Women's Day, three women spoke about what the day means to them: Vanessa Stoddart, Global Women Chair; Dr Hiria Hape, Kuia at Government House for many years; and Michelle Huang, who spok

  • Opening of Dilworth School Junior campus's sports centre

    Last Friday Dame Patsy formally opened a stunning new sports complex at Dilworth School's junior campus. The opening took place on Founders Day, when the school remembers the extraordinary generosity of the school's 19th century founders,

  • Dame Sian Elias farewell dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a farewell dinner for the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand at Government House in Wellington. Dame Sian is retiring after nearly 20 years as head of New Zealand's judiciary. 

  • NZ Maori Secondary Schools' XI vs Governor-General's XI

    Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the inaugural NZ Maori Secondary Schools' XI vs Governor-General's XI cricket match at Karori Park in Wellington.

  • Weekly Roundup

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hung out with people wearing some rather crazy, enormous hats at the opening of Performance Arcade 2019 last Thursday night.

  • Mentioned in Despatches Awards in Auckland and Wellington

    This week Dame Patsy has presented Mentioned in Despatches Awards to veterans of the Vietnam War, to family members, or to friends of deceased recipients.

  • 2019 Auckland Lantern Festival

    Dame Patsy officially opened the 2019 Auckland Lantern Festival at The Domain in Auckland last night. The Festival celebrates its 20th year this year and is the largest outside of mainland China.

  • Bledisloe Waitangi Day Garden Reception 2019

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted around 2000 people at Government House's Waitangi Day commemorations this afternoon.

  • Onuku Marae - Waitangi Day 2019

    Dame Patsy and Sir David began Waitangi Day 2019 at Onuku Marae near Akaroa. It was Dame Patsy's first Waitangi Day in the South Island and while the weather was unexpectedly chilly, the welcome from Ngai Tahu was warm.

  • 2019 Beat Retreat at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The annual Beat Retreat ceremony at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds this evening commemorated longstanding naval connections with Waitangi.

  • Lunch for the Diplomatic Corps in Russell

    Diplomats accredited to New Zealand are currently in Northland on a tour related to the history of nationhood in New Zealand, dating from the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. Today Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a lunch for them and t

  • HMNZS Wellington Reception 2019

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David were guests at a reception on HMNZS Wellington where they met people from Northland, naval personnel and guests from around New Zealand.

  • Powhiri at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Investiture Ceremony for Sir Hec Busby

    One of Northland's favourite sons, Sir Hec Busby, received his knighthood from Dame Patsy today in front of a huge crowd of well-wishers at the Treaty Grounds in Waitangi.

  • Credentials Ceremony 31 January, afternoon

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received the credentials of the Ambassador of the Lebanese Republic, HE Mr Milad Raad; the Ambassador of Iceland, HE Mrs Kristin Arnadottir; and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway, HE Mr Paul Gulleik Larsen.

  • Credentials Ceremony, 31 January 2019, morning

    This morning, Dame Patsy received the credentials of the High Commissioner of the Cook Islands, HE Mrs Elizabeth Foster Wright-Koteka; the High Commissioner of the Republic of Zambia, HE Mr Frank Francis Bwalya; the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Ar

  • 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.

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