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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • A visit to Zealandia

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Zealandia, an eco-sanctuary in the suburb of Karori in Wellington. Zealandia's 500-year vision is to restore a Wellington valley’s forest and freshwater ecosystems to their pre-human state.

  • Official Opening of Iqra Elementary School

    Members of the Muslim community celebrated the official opening of Iqra Elementary School's new premises in Auckland today. We were impressed by the children's and staff's use of English, Te Reo Maori and Arabic.

  • Spend My Super Launch

    Sir David stood in for Dame Patsy at the launch of not for profit organisation Spend My Super at Government House in Auckland this evening.

  • D-Day 75th anniversary commemorations

    Dame Patsy represented New Zealand at the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of D-Day at Portsmouth in the United Kingdom. As well as attending the official ceremony, she had the opportunity to meet with leaders of 15 other nations a

  • Otago 150 Commemorations

    Otago University, our oldest university, is celebrating 150 years this year. It took just 29 years from the arrival of the first Scots settlers till the University was opened in 1869.

  • Te Runanga o Otakou Marae

    Te Runanga o Otakou Marae is situated in a spectacular setting near the mouth of Otago Harbour. It was there that two Ngai Tahu chiefs signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi in June 1840.

  • Dunedin visit: Tuhura, Otago Museum, and the Royal Albatross Centre

    Protection of the natural world and innovative research was a strong theme in today's visits to the Otago Museum and the Royal Albatross Centre at Taiaroa Head.

  • Christchurch visit

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Christchurch on Wednesday.

  • New Zealand School's Debating Championships Grand Final 2019

    Dame Patsy spoke at and presented the prizes at the New Zealand School's Debating Championships Grand Final at Parliament today.

  • Jane Goodall Institute of New Zealand Reception

    Dame Pasty and Sir David hosted a reception for the Jane Goodall Institute at Government House.

  • Auckland Investitures Tuesday 21 May

    Congratulations to the recipients who received their insignia at Government House in Auckland today. Recipients included Jennifer Ward-Lealand for services to theatre, film and television; our Poet Laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh for servi

  • Investiture Ceremonies, 20 May 2019

    Today there were two investiture ceremonies at Government House Auckland. The first was for The Rt Hon Dame Helen Winkelmann, the Chief Justice of New Zealand.

  • Auckland Grammar 150th Commemorations

    Yesterday, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended two of Auckland Grammar's 27 events to mark the school's first 150 years.

  • St Cuthbert's scholars assembly

    Today it seemed like all the students at St Cuthbert's turned out to welcome Dame Patsy when she arrived at the school.

  • Investiture Auckland Thursday 16 May 2019

    Congratulations to all today's recipients for their work in human rights, design and business, rugby and rugby league, the LGBTIQ+ community, fashion, Cook Islands art and culture, athletics, and education. 

  • Auckland Investitures Wed 15 May

    Two more investiture ceremonies were held at Government House today.

    The morning saw  the arts, sport and science mix together with Dame Gaylene Preston, Dan Carter, Lydia Ko, Barbara Kendall and Glen Ashby receiving their insignia.

  • Investiture Ceremonies 14 May 2019

    Two knighthoods were conferred at today's ceremonies at Government House Auckland. Sir Stephen Tindall's knighthood was elevated to a GNZM and Sir Rob McLeod received his KNZM for services to business and Maori.

  • Investiture Thursday 2 May, Morning

    Congratulations to the 17 New Zealanders who received their insignia at an investiture at Government House in Wellington this morning

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  • Investiture Wednesday 1 May, Afternoon

    Congratulations to the 17 New Zealanders recognised at Government House today for their contributions to Maori carving and bone art, business,environmental resource management, conservation, basketball, science education, tourism and heritage preservati

  • Investiture Ceremonies, Wednesday 1 May, 2019

    Outstanding contributions to areas as diverse as health, documentary film-making, science, history, refugee communities, optometry, conservation, water management, karate, and the arts and broadcasting were recognised at this morning's investi

  • Investiture ceremony, 30 April, 2019 PM

    17 New Zealanders received the insignia  this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 30 April, 2019 AM

    The 12 recipients at this morning's investiture ceremony included retired Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Timothy Keating, CNZM, and Fire Service, Police, Defence and Coastguard personnel.

  • Investiture Ceremony, 29 April 2019

    Our first investiture ceremony for 17 recipients of New Year Honours was held at Government House this morning.

  • Anzac Day 2019

    Dame Patsy began Anzac Day by giving the Anzac Address at the Dawn Service at Pukeahu National War Memorial.

  • Credentials at Government House

    Today we had perfect autumn weather for the powhiri and military parade associated with our credentials ceremonies.

  • Terracotta Warriors and Royal Assent

    On Thursday Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Te Papa for the Terrcotta warriors exhibition. They were also lucky enough to visit Te Papa's stacks and see some of the treasures stored there.

  • Reception for the Child Cancer Foundation

    This afternoon, Dame Patsy hosted a reception for the Child Cancer Foundation, to honour Pat Wilkes with a Life Membership of the Foundation, in recognition of twenty years of selfless service to young cancer patients and their families.

  • Visit to Queenstown and Wanaka

    Dame Patsy and Sir David spent a couple of days in the Southern Lakes last week. The focus of their visit was innovation in the arts, tourism and sustainability.

  • In Christchurch, for the National Remembrance Service

    Before the National Remembrance Ceremony yesterday, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a breakfast  for the Australian official delegation, the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Lady Cosgrove; Prime Minister Scott Morrison and&nb

  • National Remembrance Day in Christchurch

    Two weeks after a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, where 50 worshippers lost their lives and many more were injured, today's National Remembrance Service brought together the wounded and survivors of the attack, along with citizens of Ch

  • Messages for Christchurch

    Dame Patsy has received numerous letters and messages from Heads of State, foreign dignitaries and organisations in the days following the Christchurch shootings. Here is a selection for you to read.

  • Farewell call from the Ambassador of Iran

    Dame Patsy and Sir David received a farewell call from the Ambassador of Iran, HE Mr Jalaladdin Namini Mianji and Mrs Fatemeh Namini Mianji at Government House in Wellington.

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