We were blessed with clear skies and warm breezes for the National Commemorative Service at Pukeahu this morning, where thousands of people gathered to pay their respects to all those New Zealanders who have served their country in times of war, and to
Last night Dame Patsy presented the New Zealand Search and Rescue Awards in Wellington. Every year, thousands of New Zealanders, mostly volunteers, take part in search and rescue operations on land and on our seas and waterways.
Personnel from 9 of the 10 Royal New Zealand Navy ships were on parade in Auckland this morning for the annual Fleet Divisions. Dame Patsy was on hand, as Commander-in-Chief, to address the assembled parade.
We commemorated Race Relations Day a few days early at Government House Auckland today. Our MC was 2017 Young New Zealander of the Year, Rez Gardi, and our theme was in support of the Human Right's Commission campaign: "Give Nothing to Racism".
Conservation and heritage were the focuses of the second day of the regional visit to Northland. Dame Patsy and Sir David went by ferry to Urupukapuka Island, a picturesque jewel in the Bay of Islands.
This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David joined thousands of people on the waterfront to see the spectacular launch to the 2018 New Zealand Festival: Kupe - a Waka Odyssey, which featured waka, approximately 1000 children performing kapa ha