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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • 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.

  • Dinner for the King and Queen of Tonga

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a dinner on the Norrie Dining Room for His Majesty King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and Her Majesty Queen Nanasipau’u.

  • Welcome for HM King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and HM Queen Nanasipau'u

    This morning, Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed HM King Tupou VI of the Kingdom of Tonga and HM Queen Nanasipau'u. Their Majesties are making an official visit to New Zealand.

  • Visit to Kapiti College

    This afternoon, one week after the killing of 50 worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealanders gathered in our towns and cities to observe two minutes' silence.

  • Visit by HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan

    HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan called on Dame Patsy to offer the condolences of the people of Jordan to New Zealanders in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings.

  • Dinner for Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence

    Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence is Vice President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which is responsible for caring for the war graves of Commonwealth service personnel from the First and Second World Wars.

  • Christchurch Visit Day Two

    The second day of Dame Patsy's visit to Christchurch began with a meeting with the Canterbury Refugee Resettlement and Resource Centre.

  • Christchurch Visit Day One

    Dame Patsy and Sir David travelled to Christchurch to pay their respects following the Christchurch mosque shootings.

  • Wellington Vigil For Christchurch

    Thousands of Wellingtonians attended the Vigil For Christchurch at the Basin Reserve this evening.

  • Visit to Kilbirnie Mosque

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Kilbirnie Mosque.

  • Message from King Abdullah of Jordan

    Dame Patsy has received a telephone call from King Abdullah of Jordan. 

    He expressed his deepest sympathy and his strong support for NZ and NZers. He offered whatever assistance we need to deal with the tragedy. 

  • Message from the Governor of New South Wales

    Message from the Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General Designate of Australia, General The Hon David Hurley.

    " Your Excellency,

  • Message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General

    Baroness Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General shared the following message on the secretariat's website following the Christchurch mosque shootings: 

  • Message from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Duke and Duchess of Sussex

    Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the people who lost their lives in the devastating attack in Christchurch.

  • Message from HRH The Prince of Wales

    HRH The Prince of Wales has sent a message of condolence to the people of New Zealand following the terrorist attacks on the Christchurch mosques.

  • Message from HM The Queen

    Her Majesty The Queen has sent a message of condolence to the people of New Zealand following the terrorist attack on the Christchurch mosques.

    Message from HM The Queen

  • Message from the Governor-General

    Today’s tragic events in Christchurch have shocked all New Zealanders.

  • Auckland Bioengineering Institute

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the Auckland Bioengineering Institute to find out more about the cutting-edge research being undertaken there.

  • 2019 Commonwealth Day

    Commonwealth diversity and Commonwealth connections were celebrated in a wonderful gathering in the Beehive Banquet Hall this evening.

    Dame Patsy delivered the Commonwealth Message from HM Queen Elizabeth:

  • International Women's Day round-up

    At Government House's morning tea on International Women's Day, three women spoke about what the day means to them: Vanessa Stoddart, Global Women Chair; Dr Hiria Hape, Kuia at Government House for many years; and Michelle Huang, who spok

  • Opening of Dilworth School Junior campus's sports centre

    Last Friday Dame Patsy formally opened a stunning new sports complex at Dilworth School's junior campus. The opening took place on Founders Day, when the school remembers the extraordinary generosity of the school's 19th century founders,

  • Dame Sian Elias farewell dinner

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a farewell dinner for the Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias, Chief Justice of New Zealand at Government House in Wellington. Dame Sian is retiring after nearly 20 years as head of New Zealand's judiciary. 

  • NZ Maori Secondary Schools' XI vs Governor-General's XI

    Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the inaugural NZ Maori Secondary Schools' XI vs Governor-General's XI cricket match at Karori Park in Wellington.

  • Weekly Roundup

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hung out with people wearing some rather crazy, enormous hats at the opening of Performance Arcade 2019 last Thursday night.

  • Mentioned in Despatches Awards in Auckland and Wellington

    This week Dame Patsy has presented Mentioned in Despatches Awards to veterans of the Vietnam War, to family members, or to friends of deceased recipients.

  • 2019 Auckland Lantern Festival

    Dame Patsy officially opened the 2019 Auckland Lantern Festival at The Domain in Auckland last night. The Festival celebrates its 20th year this year and is the largest outside of mainland China.

  • Bledisloe Waitangi Day Garden Reception 2019

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted around 2000 people at Government House's Waitangi Day commemorations this afternoon.

  • Onuku Marae - Waitangi Day 2019

    Dame Patsy and Sir David began Waitangi Day 2019 at Onuku Marae near Akaroa. It was Dame Patsy's first Waitangi Day in the South Island and while the weather was unexpectedly chilly, the welcome from Ngai Tahu was warm.

  • 2019 Beat Retreat at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    The annual Beat Retreat ceremony at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds this evening commemorated longstanding naval connections with Waitangi.

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