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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • 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.

  • The Governor-General's programme


  • Message from Dame Patsy

    Dame Patsy shares her thoughts on the current situation with Covid-19.

    Here are the links she refers to in the video:

    Unite against Covid-19 site

  • Government House Visitor Centre tour update

    All tours of Government House Wellington and Auckland are postponed until at least 14 April, 2020, when the tour programme will be reviewed again.

  • Electoral Commission - returning officers and registrars of electors

    Dame Patsy spoke at a training session for the Returning Officers and Registrars of Electors taking part in this year's General Elections. 

  • Opening of Kaibosh Kapiti-Horowhenua

    Best wishes to the volunteers, sponsors and food donors supporting the new Kaibosh branch in Paraparaumu.

  • HM The Queen's Commonwealth Message

    On the 9th of March, Dame Patsy delivered Her Majesty The Queen's Commonwealth Message for Commonwealth Day.

  • Wellington International Pride Parade 2020

    Why paint the town red when you can paint it rainbow!

  • Caring Families Aotearoa Excellence in Foster Care Awards 2020

    This morning, Dame Patsy and Sir David were delighted to shine a spotlight on some of the good people who open up their homes as foster carers to children who are neglected or abused.

  • Order of New Zealand dinner Wellington 2020

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner for members of the Order of New Zealand at Government House in Wellington.

  • Launch of Koi Tu: Centre for Informed Futures

    How can we help society be more cohesive? How can we strengthen personal resilience to deal with rapid change? How can we make good decisions about our adoption of new technologies?

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