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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Le Quesnoy centennial commemorations

    Dame Patsy and Sir David have been attending centennial commemorations of the liberation of Le Quesnoy by New Zealand troops in the closing days of the First World War.

  • Women in Infrastructure Network Reception

    The Women in Infrastructure Network (WIN) was set up by Infrastructure New Zealand in 2016 to promote women in the sector. It now has over 1100 members in 7 chapters across New Zealand.

  • TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to host TRH The Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Government House at the beginning of their four day tour of New Zealand.

  • Visit to Christchurch

    A quick day trip to Christchurch today to see the new library, Turanga, and the newly restored Nurses Memorial Chapel.

  • Royal Visit Information

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will be visiting New Zealand from Sunday 28 October to Wednesday 31 October. Their four day tour will include time in Wellington, Auckland, Rotorua and the Abel Tasman National Park.

  • Call from the President of Estonia

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received a call from the President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid. Ms Kaljulaid is Estonia's first female head of state and became its youngest ever President in 2016.

  • Credentials - Thailand, France and Japan

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted credentials ceremonies for the diplomatic envoys of Thailand, France and Japan.

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  • Christchurch Investiture

    Triathlete Andrea Hewitt, criminal lawyer Nigel Hampton and former Private Secretary to the Queen,The Rt Hon Sir Christopher Geidt were among the 18 recipients who received their insignia in Christchurch yesterday at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand

  • Katherine Mansfield House and Garden anniversaries

    Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a celebration at the Katherine Mansfield House and Garden marking 30 years since the opening of the House as a museum and the 130th anniversary of Katherine Mansfield's birth.

  • Queen's Scout Awards

    56 Queen's Scout Award winners came together for an official photo with Dame Patsy and Sir David at today's ceremony at Government House.

  • Auckland Investitures - Friday 12 October

    Netballer Tracey Fear, ONZM and historian and novelist Dr Deborah Challinor, MNZM, were among the 12 recipients who received honours at Government House Auckland this morning.

  • Auckland investitures - Thursday 11 October PM

    This afternoon twelve deserving honour recipients were presented with their insignia for outstanding services to tourism, business, Maori, health, conservation, music, equestrian sport, children and art, the horse racing industry, the Japanese community

  • Auckland Investitures - Thursday 11 October AM

    Congratulations to Sir John Rowles who receved the insignia of a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit at Government House in Auckland today.

  • Auckland Investitures - Wednesday 10 October AM

    Yachtsmen Peter Burling and Blair Tuke and our newest Dame, Emeritus Professor Dame Charmian O'Connor were among the 13 New Zealanders who were honoured for their contributions in education, chemistry, children's health, sailing, contempo

  • Auckland Investitures - Tuesday 9 October, PM

    The outstanding achievements, service and contributions of twelve people were recognised at this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House Auckland, including Robert Kerridge, ONZM, long associated with the promotion of animal welfa

  • Auckland Investitures - Tuesday 9 October AM

    Hip-hop pioneer DJ Sir-Vere and Black Fern Fiaoo Faamausili were amongst those acknowledged for their acheivements at Government House in Auckland today . Congratulations to all today's recipients.

  • Auckland Investitures- Monday 8 October PM

    Congratulations to the 12 amazing New Zealand women who received the insignia of their orders today at a special ceremony celebrating Suffrage 125 at Government House in Auckland.

  • The 2018 Halberg Games

    This afternoon Dame Patsy officially opened the 2018 Halberg Games, where 150 physically disabled and visually impaired young athletes have come together from around New Zealand to compete in 20 different sports.

  • 2019 Waitangi Day Garden Reception Ballot

    *** Update 8 October: The ballot has now closed. Thanks to everyone who entered. We'll let everyone know whether they've been successful or not by November 1st. ***

  • Investiture Ceremony 27 September PM

    The final investiture ceremony for the week included honours for media personalities Richard Griffin and Grant Nisbett, and recognition for services to swimming, lifesaving, conservation, poetry and literature, musical play therapy, Maori and education,

  • Wellington Investiture - Thursday 27 September AM

    Pacific Island leader Dame Winnie Laban, and Flying Nun records founder Roger Shepherd were amongst the 16 New Zealanders honoured for their work and community service this morning at Government House in Wellington.

  • Wellington Investitures -Wednesday 26 September AM

    Representatives from our fire and emergency, police and defence force communities were amongst the 15 New Zealanders recognised for their service at this morning's investiture in Wellington.

  • Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards 2018

    Last Saturday night, New Zealand designers gathered to honour their peers at the Designers Institute of New Zealand Best Design Awards.

  • Wellington Investiture Tuesday 25 September PM

    The film, television, theatre and fashion worlds were well represented at this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

  • Wellington Investiture Tuesday 25 September AM

    Sir William English was knighted this morning at Government House in Wellington. He was one of 15 New Zealanders who received their insignia from Dame Patsy. Congratulations to all this morning's recipients!

  • Investiture Monday 24 September

    This evening 16 New Zealand women received their insignia from Dame Patsy at an investiture at Government House in Wellington.

  • ArtCrime2018: The Symposium

    There's a lot more to art crime than just stealing paintings. Looting, forgery, war crimes and the murky details of provenance were all on the agenda at ArtCrime2018:The Symposium in Wellington today.

  • Suffrage 125

    Yesterday marked 125 years since the passing of the Electoral Act 1893, which enabled women to vote in Parliamentary elections for the first time.  To celebrate that victory, and New Zealand's pioneering role in women's suffrage, Dame Patsy ho

  • Women's Suffrage

    This week we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the passing of legislation which enabled New Zealand women to vote in Parliamentary elections.

  • Dress for Success Wellington

    Dress up was the theme for the Dress for Success Wellington reception, hosted by Dame Patsy at Government House in Wellington.

  • Tuesday 11 September

    It was a case of hello and goodbye today at Government House. Coco watched on as Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the latest Matairangi Mahi Toi - Massey Artist in Residence to Government House.

  • Women's Sport Leadership Academy

    Last night, Dame Patsy congratulated the New Zealand Olympic Committee for promoting leadership roles for women in New Zealand sports organisations.

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