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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Sir George Elliot Scholarships - 20th Anniversary

    In 1999 the Sir George Elliot Charitable Trust launched the Elliot Scholarships.

  • Suffrage 125 morning tea

    Today marks the 125th anniversary of the first general election in New Zealand where women were able to cast their vote.

  • Credentials at Government House Wellington

    The rain fell and the wind blew but the scheduled credentials ceremonies at Government House continued regardless, although in a somewhat truncated form.

  • New Zealand Film Commission 40th Anniversary

    Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to host a reception to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the New Zealand Film Commission at Government House in Wellington this evening.

  • Appointment ceremony for the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue

    Today Dame Patsy officiated at the swearing-in of the Chief Justice and a Judge of the High Court of Niue.

  • New Zealand Women in Leadership Alumnae Symposium

    Dame Patsy delivered the opening address at the NZ Women in leadershop Alumnae Symposium at Victoria University today.

  • State Welcome for President Sebastian Pinera of Chile

    This morning His Excellency Sebastian Pinera, the President of Chile received a State Welcome at Government House Auckland.

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  • Order of New Zealand Dinner 2018

    Some very special guests at Government House tonight for the annual dinner for Members of the Order of New Zealand (ONZ).

  • Rhodes Scholar reception 2018

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David held a reception for the 2018 Rhodes Scholarship finalists.

  • At Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a lunch for departing Heads of Mission at Government House on Wednesday.

  • Armistice Day Commemorations - Pukeahu National War Memorial Park

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy officiated at the Armistice Day National Ceremony at Pukeahu National War Memorial Park.   The peace bell tolled, the crowd joined in two minutes' silence, then stunning dance, music and song evoked the jubilation, r

  • New Zealand Memorial, London

    On Tuesday, Dame Patsy and Sir David laid a wreath at the New Zealand Memorial at Hyde Park Corner, accompanied by New Zealand's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, HE Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, our previous Governor-General.

  • Visit to Oxford

    On Monday, Dame Patsy and Sir David had a busy day in Oxford, where they met up with our Rhodes Scholars and caught up with their news about their studies and their plans for the future.

  • Royal Visit overview

    The Duke and Duchess of Sussex received an enthusiastic welcome from New Zealanders during their recent four day visit. We've put together a selection of images by photographer Mark Tantrum that tell the story of their time in New Zealand

  • Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot announcement

    The successful applicants in the Waitangi Day Garden Reception ballot have been selected and emails have been sent out. Congratulations to everyone who will be joining us at Government House in Wellington next year.

  • 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.

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