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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Queen's Guide Awards

    Comgratulations to the 45 young women who received their Queen's Guide awards at Government House at the weekend. Well done and best of luck for the future.

    Queen's Guide Award photos

  • Visit to Rocket Lab

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Rocket Lab in Auckland and it was just as cool as you'd imagine.

  • State Visit by the President of the Republic of Poland

    Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the President of the Republic of Poland, HE Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda at Government House in Auckland.

  • Scottish Country Dancing Society New Zealand Branch 50th Anniversary Ball

    Last night, Scottish Country Dancing enthusiasts came from around New Zealand to attend a ball to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the New Zealand branch of the Scottish Country Dancing Society.

  • Whanganui Visit day 3

    The theme of the day was aviation as Dame Patsy and Sir David officially opened the  New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy then headed to Ohakea for a welcome at RNZAF Turangawaewae and then a tour of No 14 and No 3 Squa

  • Whanganui Day 2

    The second day of the Whanganui visit started with a trip to the Gonville Community Library to meet the Gonville knitting group. Dame Patsy also read a story to a group of pre-schoolers.

  • Whanganui Visit - Day One

    Dame Patsy and Sir David's first day in Whanganui began with a powhiri at Putiki marae which was followed by Dame Tariana Turia's investiture. The day finished with a visit to Glassworks and a chance to play with glassmaking techniques

  • 2018 New Zealand Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

    Our thanks to the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for forwarding images from the Gala Dinner on 27 July, which acknowledged New Zealanders who have made outstanding contributions to New Zealand business: Tony Nightingale, Alan Gibbs, James D

  • 125th anniversary of the founding of Home and Family Counselling



  • Royal New Zealand Ballet 65th anniversary

    Staff and dancers past and present were invited to Government House to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Displays of costumes and other memorabilia and a birthday cake addded to the party atmosphere. 

  • Day Three Christchurch: Linwood North School and Green Fuels NZ

    Yesterday's engagements affirmed the theme of renewal and transformation so evident during this visit to Otautahi/Christchurch. The official opening of the new hall and classrooms at Linwood North School was cause for celebratio

  • Christchurch Visit - Day One:Te Waihora catchment and the Women's Leadership Forum

    The Governor-General's visit to Canterbury this week has a theme of transformation and renewal.

  • Visit of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students

    We were delighted to welcome students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students this morning for a tour of Government House.

  • Wing 316 Graduation

    Yesterday 79 recruits of Wing 316 at the Police College graduated . As Patron of that Wing, Dame Patsy was delighted to congratulate the graduates and present them with their identity cards.

  • Queen's Guide and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards

    It was a day of celebration for 31 young women as they received their Queen's Guide and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Awards at Government House in Auckland on Saturday.

  • Otaki Scholar

    This afternoon we were delighted to host a group of young student leaders from around New Zealand who are meeting in Otaki to discuss Future Leadership, as a way to celebrate the 75th Otaki Scholar to come to New Zealand.

  • Paul Deans Visit

    One of the most popular features at Government House is the collection of carved armorial bearings that hang in the hall. Every Governor-General from 1910 onwards, the date the House was built, is represented.

  • Audience with Her Majesty The Queen

    Yesterday Dame Patsy and Sir David had an audience with Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace.

  • From the Kitchen - Parsnip and Chestnut Loaf

    This loaf is one of Dame Patsy's favourites.

  • Defence Force Change of Command

    On Friday Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias, acting in her role as Administrator of the Government in Dame Patsy's absence, attended a reception to mark the change of command of the Defence Force.

  • From the Kitchen - Fesejan

    This is based on a traditional Persian stew called Fesejan, which is usually made with poultry braised in a walnut and pomegranate sauce.

  • St John New Zealand investiture, 2018

    As Prior of St John New Zealand, Dame Patsy presided at an investiture ceremony for 31 postulants at St Patrick's Cathedral in Auckland on Saturday.

    Image Gallery

  • Matariki Reception 2018

    In the Matariki spirit of imparting knowledge and extending hospitality, last night we were joined by STEM students from around Wellington to hear from astronomer Hari Mogosanu.

  • Pukaki Scholarships 2018

    This morning,Dame Patsy hosted the 2018 Pukaki Scholars for morning tea at Government House. Pukaki was an 18th century Maori warrior, who was a Rangatira of the Ngati Whakaue iwi of Te Arawa in the Rotorua district.

  • NZ Down Syndrome Association Awards 2018

    New Zealand Down Syndrome Association celebrated their annual awards with a high tea at Government House.

  • Credentials ceremony, 12 June

    This morning bad weather forced us to shift the powhiri and inspection of the Guard of Honour for our Credentials ceremony from the South Lawn  into the ballroom.

  • Queen's Scout and Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award ceremony

    The sun shone for the presentation of 10 Queen's Scout Awards and 3 Duke of Edinburgh International Gold Awards on Saturday 9 June at Government House in Auckland.

  • Just Wyn

    Tonight, Cabaret Government House-style featured Wyn Davies, Musical Director of Opera New Zealand and special guest Natasha Wilson, who is currently appearing in the touring production of The Elixir of Love.

  • From the Kitchen

  • Blake Leader Awards 2018

    Dame Patsy spoke at the 2018 Blake Leader Awards in Auckland. 

    2018 Blake Leader Award speech

  • Rhian Salmon's speech at the Zonta Science Awards

  • Zonta Science Award 2018

    The Zonta Club of Wellington's Science Award recognises excellence in science and supports further study by an outstanding woman in her early stages of her career.

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