Back to top anchor

The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • 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?

  • Massey College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame ceremony

    Four of New Zealand's best were inducted into the Massey College of Creative Arts Hall of Fame at a ceremony at Government House this evening.

  • New Zealand Festival of the Arts lunch

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a lunch for some of the key figures behind the New Zealand Festival of the Arts, currently taking place in Wellington.

  • Opening of the McKinnon Block, Scots College, Wellington

    Dame Patsy did the honours at the official opening of the new McKinnon Block at Wellington's Scots College this afternoon.

  • Lunch for the Aotearoa Circle

    The Aotearoa Circle is attracting increasing numbers of leaders in the public and private sector who recognise the urgent need to address the wellbeing of our natural resources, while finding ways to pursue sustainable prosperity.

  • Newtown Kindergarten Annual Picnic in Coronation Grove

    The sun came out to play when our friends from Newtown Kindergarten visited for a picnic in Coronation Grove at Government House, Wellington.

  • Reception for State Services Commission Crown Entity Board Chairs

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for State Services Commission Crown Entity Board Chairs at Government House in Wellington this evening.

  • Governor-General's XI v NZ Māori Schools

    Today, Dame Patsy and Sir David watched the Governor-General’s XI versus the NZ Māori Schoolboys and Schoolgirls at the Karori Cricket Club in Wellington. This is the second year the Governor-General’s XI has played the NZ Māori Schoolboys.

  • Downtown Community Ministry’s 50th Birthday Reception

    This evening, Dame Patsy hosted a reception for the Downtown Community Ministry’s 50th Birthday.

  • SheEO networking reception at Government House Auckland

    Dame Patsy hosted a networking reception for SheEO at Government House in Auckland. SheEO is a women-led inititative that raises investment capital and distributes it to women-led businesses in the form of interest-free loans. 

  • Hidden Government House

    While visitors to Government House Wellington are treated to familiar sites like the ballroom or the reflection pool, a wander off the beaten track can uncover something unexpected. Click through to see some of our lesser-known areas.

  • Pūkaha return

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the ceremony to mark the return of Pūkaha Reserve to Rangitāne, as part of the iwi's Treaty of Waitangi settlement.

  • Ward Kamo - Waitangi Day MC

    Following Dame Patsy's Waitangi Day address, MC Ward Kamo made a few observations about Waitangi Day. Here's what he said:

    On this day 180 years ago, one of the founding documents of this nation, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

  • Waitangi Day 2020 - Reception at Government House

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for around 1800 New Zealanders at Government House in Wellington. The sun shone and the sun screen tent was kept busy.

  • Message from HM The Queen on Waitangi Day


  • Waitangi 2020, Day Three

    A very eventful day, beginning with the opening of Te Rau Aroha - the gift of love-a new museum on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

  • Day Two, Waitangi 2020

    Today Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a promotion ceremony for 17 cadets of the Leadership Academy of 'A' Company, an educational institution in Whangarei.

  • Powhiri at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, 2020

    It was a perfect still morning at Waitangi Treaty Grounds when Dame Patsy and Sir David were welcomed back to Waitangi with a very moving powhiri. They were accompanied by Sir John Clarke as Kaumatua and Dr Hiria Hape as Kuia.

  • Credentials Ceremony 29 January 2020

    Yesterday Dame Patsy received the diplomatic credentials of new Heads of Mission: HE Ms Nina Obermaier, Ambassador of the European Union; HE Dr Mohammad Reza Mofatteh, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran; HE Dr Abdulla Mausoom, Ambassador of the

  • Roy Cowley special investiture

    Dame Patsy officiated at a special investiture for Roy Cowley, who received the insignia of an MNZM for his services to charity governance and the arts.

  • Pacifica Mamas - Matairangi Mahi Toi reception

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception to mark the successful completion of the Pacifica Mamas' Matairangi Mahi Toi arts residency.

  • Government House Kaumatua, Professor Piri Sciascia, ONZM

    Government House's Kaumatua, Professor Piri Sciascia died last Saturday morning. Dame Patsy joined the Prime Minister at his tangi on Monday, and today at his funeral in Porangahau.

Help us improve the Governor-General website

Your feedback is very important in helping us improve the Governor-General website.

7 + 5 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.