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Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Beat Retreat at Waitangi 2021

    For the final event during her visit to Waitangi, Dame Patsy inspected the Guard of Honour at the 2021 Beat Retreat Sunset ceremony, hosted by the Royal New Zealand Navy. She was greeted on arrival by Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor.

  • Waitangi National Trust Board and Diplomats Luncheon

    Dame Patsy and Sir David began their final day at Waitangi by attending a meeting of the Waitangi National Trust Board. While they were there they were able to have a quick viewing of the He Kaupapa Waka exhibition.

  • Reception aboard the HMNZS Otago

    This evening Dame Patsy was welcomed aboard the HMNZS Otago for a reception as part of the Waitangi celebrations in Northland. She was greeted on arrival by part of the ship’s company and saw a performance from the Navy’s kapa haka group.

  • Pōwhiri at Te Whare Rūnanga

    On February 4, Dame Patsy was welcomed on to Te Whare Rūnanga at Waitangi Treaty Grounds for the final time as Governor-General. She was greeted with a stirring pōwhiri while being guided to the mahau by Titewhai Harawira.

  • The Dedication of He Rua Whakautu mō te Riri

    On the 3rd of February Dame Patsy attended the unveiling ceremony of a memorial for the 12 British soldiers, sailors and Royal Marines killed at the Battle of Te Ruapekapeka in 1846.

  • Credentials ceremony, 2 February 2021

    This morning Dame Patsy received the credentials of new diplomatic envoys to New Zealand: HE Mr Koichi Ito, Ambassador of Japan; HE Dr Hajdin Abazi, Ambassador of Kosovo; HE Mr Ran Yaakoby, Ambassador of Israel; and HE Mrs Maria Belen Bogado, Ambassador

  • Invitation applications closed until end of April

    As the final year of Dame Patsy's term, 2021 looks set to be busy. 

    She currently has a full schedule of events from now until the end of April 2021 and no more invitations can be accepted.

  • Chinese New Year Multicultural festival

    To say goodbye to 2020 and welcome in 2021, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a Chinese New Year celebration hosted by the Multicultural Council of Wellington.

  • International Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Last night Dame Patsy spoke at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorations at the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

  • New Zealand Secondary Student's Choir performance at Government House

    Christmas was in the air as the New Zealand Secondary Students' Choir performed at Government House.

  • Reception for the Diplomatic Corps

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted one of their final official engagements for 2020 - a reception for the Diplomatic Corps. The reception was originally scheduled for earlier in the year, and had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Waitangi Day 2021 ballot - Entry Information

    Government House is holding a ballot for 30 people, each with a guest, to attend the Waitangi Day reception at Government House in Wellington from 4.30pm-6.30pm on Saturday 6 February, 2021.

  • Zealandia Sculpture at Government House Auckland

    After being postponed earlier in the year due to COVID-19, Gill Gatfield’s sculpture ‘Zealandia’ was officially welcomed to the gardens of Government House Auckland, where it is currently on loan. Zealandia stands 2.3m tall, carved f

  • Waitangi Day reception 2021 - ballot announcement

    Good news for those of you hoping that the ballot might return for the Waitangi Day reception at Government House.
    We've done some number crunching and found room for a few more people on the guest list for next year.

  • Whakaari Commemoration

    On Wednesday 9 December Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the commemorations at Mataatua Marae in Whakatane marking the first anniversary of the Whakaari eruption.

  • Judges Dinner

    Tonight Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner for the Judges of the Supreme Court and Heads of Bench at Government House in Wellington.

  • The Opening of the Restored Donald Woolshed

    On Sunday, Dame Patsy cut the ribbon to officially open a restored piece of Wairarapa’s agricultural history. The exact date the Donald Woolshed was constructed is not known, but estimates date it from around 1850-1870.

  • Morning tea for the Aspen Institute New Zealand

    This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a morning tea for the Aspen Institute New Zealand, which was recently established as an affiliate of the Aspen Institute in the United States.

  • Pet Refuge Christmas Celebration Dinner

    While working with her charity KidsCan, Julie Chapman discovered that over half of people facing domestic violence, they delay leaving for fear of what might happen to their pets.

  • Whakamana Hiranga Icon Awards 2020

    Actor Sam Neill, author Joy Cowley and artist and educator Dr Sandy Adsetts' long and inspirational careers were acknowledged at Government House this evening, with the presentation of the Arts Foundation's Whakamana Hiranga Icon Awards.

  • Royal Commission of Inquiry Report into the Terrorist attacks on the Christchurch Mosques

    This afternoon Hon Sir William Young, Chair of the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the terrorist attack on the Christchurch Mosques, and Jacqui Caine, Commissioner, presented the Commission's report to the Governor-General.

  • State Opening of Parliament 2020

    Rain may have curtailed some of the normal ceremonial flourishes but there was still plenty of colour at this morning's 53rd State Opening of Parliament in Wellington.

  • Confirmation of the Speaker

    The first task of a newly elected Parliament is to elect a Speaker. Today, after the Rt Hon Trevor Mallard was elected by his colleagues, he came to Government House to have his election confirmed by the Governor-General.

  • New Zealand Festival of the Arts and Wellington Jazz Festival patrons, partners and artists reception

    This afternoon Dame Patsy hosted a reception for New Zealand Festival of the Arts and Wellington Jazz Festival patrons, partners and artists at Government House in Wellington.

  • Ahuwhenua Awards 2020

    On Friday 20 November Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the 2020 Ahuwhenua Awards dinner in Rotorua. Until this year, the awards have recognised excellence in sheep, beef or dairy farming.

  • New Zealand Olympic Family lunch

    The sun shone for the New Zealand's Olympic Family as Dame Patsy hosted a lunch at Government House in Auckland to thank the people and organisations who play a role in getting the New Zealand Olympic team to the games, and in keeping support for our te

  • Global Women honorary life membership presentations

    A very special evening at Government House in Auckland tonight as nine members of Global Women were presented with honorary lifetime memberships.

  • Paralympic Celebration Project

    As part of Paralympics New Zealand’s Celebration Project, this evening 18 Paralympians were presented with their Paralympian number pins at Government House Wellington.

  • Gift of Hine Maioha by Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa

    Te Roopu Raranga Whatu o Aotearoa is a national weavers' committee, whose mission is to develop and extend the skills of weaving across Aotearoa.

  • Zealandia 25th Anniversary Reception

    This evening at Government House, Dame Patsy hosted a celebration for the 25th Anniversary of Zealandia. 25 years ago, Jim Lynch’s plan for an urban eco sanctuary nestled in the hills of Karori began, it would be a pest-free environment where Aotea

  • I'll Tell You This For Nothing - My Mother The War Hero

    The ballroom at Government House transformed into a theatre this evening with a performance of Kate JasonSmith's one woman play "I'll Tell You This For Nothing - My Mother the War Hero".

  • Watch Here - Appointment of the New Ministry 2020

    Aotearoa New Zealand’s new Ministry was appointed this morning at Government House Wellington.

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