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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Investiture Ceremony, Auckland 22 July PM 2020

    This afternoon's investituture ceremony at Government House Auckland recognised achievements in the entertainment industry, scientific research and some true pillars of their community. 

  • Investiture Ceremony, Auckland 22 July AM 2020

    Congratulations to this morning's investiture recipients recognised for their achievements in their communities and across the country.

  • Investiture Ceremony, Auckland 21 July 2020

    Today's investiture ceremony in Auckland followed the format of the Wellington investitures, with five honour recipients enjoying high tea with their family and friends.

  • Investiture Wellington Thursday 9 July 2020

    International choreographer and dancer Parris Goebel was one of nine recipients who received their insignia at an investiture ceremony at Government House today.

  • Investiture Ceremony 8 July 2020

    This afternoon's investiture ceremony acknowledged the contributions of mountaineer Shaun Norman (ONZM); community health advocate Naomi Cowan (MNZM); senior citizens advocate Geoff Pearman (MNZM); clay-shooter Ewen Pirie (MNZM); Samoan rugby stalwart I

  • Investiture Ceremony 7 July 2020

    This afternoon's investiture ceremony recognised eminent educator Roger Moses (CNZM); pioneer intensive care specialist Dr Edward Ward (CNZM); early childhood educator Amanda McIntosh (ONZM); historian, philanthropist and promoter of children's literatu

  • Investiture Ceremony 6 July 2020

    This afternoon's investiture ceremony for nine recipients of New Year honours included Dame Anna Crighton, recognised for her committed advocacy for New Zealand arts, culture and heritage and Sue Kedgley, ONZM, whose career has included roles in the Uni

  • Investiture ceremony 3 July 2020

    Contributions to dance and theatre, gymnastics, science and conservation, Fire and Emergency New Zealand and the New Zealand Defence Force were among the fields regognised at Friday's investiture ceremony for the New Year 2020 Royal Honours recipie

  • Investiture ceremony 2 July 2020

    Contributions to endocrinology and the transgender community; aviation and conservation; health, particulalry nursing; language education and NZ-Germany relations; science education; the community; governance and hospitality and youth were recognis

  • Investiture Ceremony 1 July 2020

    Contributions to health, Māori art and culture, the Anglican Church, the Pacific community, biodynamic agriculture, seniors and ITC education were recognised at the first investiture ceremony for the New Year 2020 Royal Honours recipients.  

  • Credentials ceremony June 30

    With the current COVID-19 travel restrictions affecting many of our incoming High Commissioners and Ambassadors, some inventive thinking needed to happen to ensure they could still present their credentials while stationed overseas.

  • Life Flight Trust Wellington

    Life Flight Trust has been a patron of New Zealand Governor’s-General since the time of Sir Paul Reeves.

  • Visit to Flight Plastics

    Yesterday Dame Patsy visited Flight Plastics in Wellington to see how clear plastic, collected from around New Zealand, is cleaned, broken down, turned into sheeting and then made into packaging for food products.

  • Bill Gosden Investiture

    Bill Gosden was recognised for his contribution to the film industry at a small investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington this afternoon.

  • Fenwick Forum

    This morning Dame Patsy opened the Fenwick Forum, an event organised by The Aotearoa Circle focussing on ensuring COVID-19 economic recovery opportunities benefit natural capital.

  • Auckland City Mission

    Dame Patsy's visit to Auckland City Mission found the organisation in good heart, after being on the front lines helping Aucklanders in desperate need navigate the Covid-19 crisis.

  • Auckland Festival Trust

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the Auckland Festival Trust this afternoon. Like many events, the Auckland Arts Festival 2020 was affected by the March lock down, with the final few performances of the festival cancelled.

  • Visit to the New Zealand Olympic Committee offices

    Dame Patsy and Sir David met the team behind the team when they visited the offices of the New Zealand Olympic Committee in Auckland today.

  • Auckland visit - Day one

    Dame Patsy and Sir David are in Auckland for most of this week.

  • Te Papa welcomes back visitors

    As patron of the Te Papa Foundation, Dame Patsy and Sir David  were the first guest through the doors at Te Papa Tongarewa after being closed for the longest time in its 22 year history.

  • Dame Patsy visits Wellington College to hear about schooling during a lockdown

    With the sudden alert level 4 announcement, schools had to react quickly to shift learning from the classroom to an online environment.

  • Meeting essential workers on the retail COVID-19 frontline

    While many New Zealanders worked from home where possible during alert level 4 COVID-19 restrictions, some needed to leave their bubble to ensure a small bit of essential normality took place for our households.

  • Government House hospitality protocols under Level 2

    Last night's dinner for officials leading New Zealand's response to COVID-19 was an opportunity to test out Government House's hospitality protocols under Level Two.

  • Dinner for Dr Ashley Bloomfield and government officials

    This evening Dame Patsy hosted government officials who have been trusted leaders of New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • AIDS Candlelight Memorial

    On this AIDS Candlelight Memorial day, the COVID-19 virus is obliging us to gather in a virtual space  and reflect on the terrible toll of the HIV virus, which has been responsible for over 30 million deaths worldwide since the 1980s.

  • Supporting the arts during lockdown

    He toi whakairo, he mana tangata: Where there is artistic excellence, there is human dignity.

  • Dame Patsy's patronages

    Dame Patsy is patron of a wide range of charities and organisations. She has recently sent them letters of support, acknowledging that they are working in testing times and have had to adapt how they work in our communities.

  • Anzac Day 2020

    Like other New Zealanders, Dame Patsy and Sir David were unable to attend public commemorations to mark Anzac Day 2020, due to the restrictions imposed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Message from Dame Patsy

    Dame Patsy speaks about how proud she is of the country's response to the Covid-19 crisis and urges everyone to keep up the good work

  • Media advisory

    Media advisory on behalf of Dame Patsy Reddy, Governor-General of New Zealand

  • Message from HM Queen Elizabeth II

  • Message from Dame Patsy

    Like other New Zealanders, we are doing everything we can to support measures that will help contain COVID-19.
    My constitutional duties will continue, but all community engagements and events in my programme have been postponed.

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