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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Call from HE Mr Ewen McDonald, High Commissioner for Australia

    This afternoon Dame Patsy received a call from the Australian High Commissioner, HE Mr Ewen McDonald.

  • Willows Cricket Club

    There was some very exciting cricket in the weekend, including the New Zealand/UK match.

  • State welcome for the President of the Republic of Indonesia

    Dame Patsy and Sir David officially welcomed the President of the Republic of Indonesia HE Joko Widodo and Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo at Government House in Wellington.

  • Race Relations Day 2018

    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".

  • 40th anniversary dinner for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand

    This evening, Dame Patsy and Sir David are hosting Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand at a dinner at Government House to  celebrate LBC's 40th year of operation.

  • Florence Nightingale Medal ceremony

    Last night Dame Patsy, as patron of the New Zealand Red Cross, presented Florence Nightingale Medals to three New Zealand nurses.

  • Commonwealth Day 2018

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a Commonwealth Day 2018 National Observance service at the Cathedral of St Paul in Wellington.

  • Auckland Council International Women's Day celebration

    Dame Patsy joined a panel discussion on leadership at the Auckland Town Hall for Auckland Council's International Women's Day celebration.

  • Turning of the Tides - International Women's Day

    This evening, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended an International Women's Day cocktail event at The Sugar Club in Auckland, supporting the Otara Blue Light programme Turning the Tide.

  • 2018 Zonta/UN Women NZ breakfast at Parliament

    What a great way to start International Women's Day, by joining hundreds of guests at Zonta/UN Women NZ's breakfast at Parliament.

  • Suffrage 125 launch

    Suffrage 125 was launched at Government House today in front of a crowd of women leaders, influencers and and public figures from all generations.

  • City gallery re-opening

    Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the re-opening of Wellington's City Gallery on Friday 2 March.

  • Launch of #myidentity campaign

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the launch of the Superdiversity Centre's #myidentity campaign in Auckland.

  • Day three in Northland

    On the final day of the Northland visit, Dame Patsy and Sir David met students and staff at the recently established QRC Tai Tokerau College in Paihia.

  • Northland Visit - Day two

    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.

  • Regional Tour to the Far North - Day One

    Kaitaia was the focus of the first day of the visit of Dame Patsy and Sir David to Northland, and they were very impressed with the warmth of the welcome they received at all six engagements.  

  • Kupe - Waka Odyssey

    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

  • Christchurch Earthquake

    On this 7th anniversary of the devastating Christchurch earthquake, our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch, particularly those who have experienced personal loss.

  • Scouts NZ Founders Day and 110th anniversary

    Scouts NZ marked Founders Day and 110 years of scouting in this country with a special celebration at Government House this evening.

  • D5 Forum

    Today was an opportunity to support Dame Patsy's strategic focuses of creativity, innovation, leadership and diversity with a forum at Government House.

  • Launch of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation

    Last night, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the launch of the Michael and Suzanne Borrin Foundation at the Supreme Court.

  • Visit of HE Mr Orhan Tavli, Governor of Canakkale

    On 13 February Dame Patsy received a call from HE Mr Orhan Tavli, Governor of Canakkale, Mr Ismail Kasdemir, President of the Gallipoli Historical Park Directorate, and HE Mr Ahmet Ergin, the Turkish Ambassador.

  • Duke of Edinburgh International Award Reception

    On Saturday night, Dame Patsy and Sir David held a reception at Government House for Gold Award recipients of the Duke of Edinburgh International Awards.

  • Save the Children performance of Eglantyne

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a magnificent performance of Eglantyne, written and performed by Anne Chamberlain.

  • Bledisloe Waitangi Day Address 2018

    Full coverage of Dame Patsy's Waitangi Day address at Government House in Auckland. Thanks to One News/ TVNZ for the footage.

  • 2018 Bledisloe Reception, Government House Auckland

    The annual Waitangi Day Bledisloe Reception was held at Government House Auckland this year. Dame Patsy and Sir David were joined by 750 guests, including the Prime Minister and members of the Diplomatic Corps.

  • Bledisloe Garden Reception Info

    The Bledisloe Garden Reception 2018 takes place at Government House in Auckland on Waitangi Day.

    Don't forget to bring your invitation (it's going to be sunny) and wear a hat and apply sunscreen.

  • Maiki Hill Flagstaff, Russell

    In 1858, a ceremony was held at Maiki Hill to celebrate a new flagstaff, erected by Northern Maori as a gesture of goodwill and reconciliation, 12 years after the war between British forces and allied Northern tribes.

  • Visit to the exhibition of Frances Hodgkins portraits

    This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the New Zealand Portrait Gallery in Wellington to see an impressive exhibition of portraits by Frances Hodgkins (1869-1947), one of New Zealand's  foremost artists.

  • New Year message 2018

    Dame Patsy and Sir David wish all New Zealanders a safe and happy New Year.

    Here is Dame Patsy's message for 2018, a year in which we mark a very special anniversary.

  • New Year's Honours

    Congratulations to all the outstanding New Zealanders acknowledged with New Year's Honours. We look forward to hosting them and their families at investiture ceremonies at Government House Wellington and Government House Auckland in May.

  • Call from the Ambassador of Israel

    This afternoon, Israeli Ambassador Dr Itzhak Gerberg and wife Shifra called on Dame Patsy and Sir David to present a commemorative album of photos taken during the recent visit to Israel for the Beersheba commemorations.

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