Today Dame Patsy will be officiating at the swearing-in ceremony for new Ministers of the Crown at Government House in Wellington. Government House will be livestreaming the ceremony from 11am. You can also access the live stream via the Governor-General's Facebook page.
During this ceremony, the Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, will exercise her reserve powers to appoint Jacinda Ardern as Prime Minister and as an Executive Councillor.
The ceremony will also involve the appointment of a new Executive Council; a meeting of the Executive Council at which councillors will take their oaths and affirmations; the appointment of Executive Councillors to Ministerial portfolios, and the appointment of Parliamentary Under-Secretaries.
Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a State Dinner in honour of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Government House in Wellington last night. Dame Patsy showed the couple the portrait of New Zealand's first Governor, Captain William Hobson, who was born in Ireland.
Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception to launch Nga Taonga's new patronage initiative at Government House this evening.
Nga Taonga are the keepers of New Zealand's sound and vision treasures and they're facing the massive task of preserving 200,000 betacam video tapes of TV footage from the 1980s. The tapes are deteriorating faster than Nga Taonga can save them and it's estimated they only have eight years before the tapes degrade completely. They're asking New Zealanders for help saving this valuable collection.
Once again we were hugely inspired by the stories of transformation and achievement at the Graeme Dingle Foundation Awards ceremony at Government House Auckland tonight. We wish Sir Graeme and Lady Dingle all the very best with their vision to ensure all young New Zealanders have a chance to develop their potential.
On Friday 13 October, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a showcase of Matairangi Mahi Toi Pasifika artist in residence Lindah Lepou's works. Lindah is a fashion designer whose garments are more artworks than clothing. All Lindah's designs feature Pasifika elements and innovative use of traditional materials. The works in the showcase were created during Lindah's three month residency in a cottage in the grounds at Government House.
The Matairangi Mahi Toi artist in residence programme is operated jointly by Government House and Massey University.
On 12 October, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a national commemoration at Pukeahu National Memorial Park to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, where New Zealand suffered its greatest loss of life on an overseas battlefield.
Dame Patsy was delighted to host the Frances Clarke Awards at Government House for the second time since her term began. The awards, organised by the Wellington Down Syndrome Asociation, recognise and encourage achievement by people with Down Syndrome.
The three recipients Fletch Gallagher, Brendon Porthouse and Stephen Williams were delighted with their cups and certificates and Sue Elsworth was recognised for her outstanding contribution to the Wellington Down Syndrome community.
Today was a busy one for Dame Patsy and Sir David with a quick trip to Auckland to open the Halberg Disability Junior Games then back to Wellington to host an award ceremony for St John. Congratulations to the 90 cadets from all around New Zealand who received their St John Grand Prior Awards and good luck to all the Games competitors.
Dame Patsy wishes to acknowledge the passing of kaumatua Lewis Moeau, QSO who was an advisor to former Governors-General Sir Anand Satyanand and Sir Jerry Mateparae. Lewis's wise counsel and gentle manner were greatly appreciated by Sir Anand and Sir Jerry and he was highly regarded by the Government House staff he worked alongside. Dame Patsy will be sending her condolences to Lewis's family. Lewis is pictured here explaining the ceremony of welcome to the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel at Government House in Auckland in 2014, with Sir Jerry and Lady Janine in the Blundell Room at Government House last year and greeting Prince William on his arrival at Government House at the beginnning of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's State Visit in 2014.
On Friday 29 September, Dame Patsy visited the school where she spent her secondary school years - Hamilton Girls High School. Dame Patsy addressed an assembly and also took the opportunity to answer questions about her role from staff and students.
On Thursday 28 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the Kudos Awards Dinner in Hamilton. The Awards acknowledge excellence in science in the Waikato region. Dame Patsy presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to earth scientist Professor Peter Kamp, whose work has helped develop understanding of tectonic plates and earthquake risk.
On Thursday 28 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the Maori Women's Welfare League Conference in New Plymouth. Dame Patsy addressed the delegates, acknowledging their leadership in their communities.
Coco was much in evidence this week at Government House, photobombing a photo of Dame Patsy meeting Warrant Officers from Tonga, Fiji, Singapore and Australia and also making an appearance during the morning tea with Government House artist in residence Lindah Lepou.
Despite being an ardent supporter of gender equity, Coco stayed upstairs during Tuesday night's White Camellia Awards honouring businesses promoting gender equity through the Women's Empowerment Principles. We're not sure what Coco would say in support of the winners. Woof, probably.
On Saturday 16 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the planting of two Pennantia baylisiana trees at Government House in Auckland. The tree planting was part of Mayor Phil Goff's Million Trees initiative which will see 1 million native trees planted across Auckland over three years. The tree planting was attended by representatives from Auckland Council and Trees That Count,one of the supporters of Million Trees. Some of the grandchildren of Sir Frank and Lady Mappin, the family that established Government House Auckland's beautiful gardens were also present.
All Blacks, Black Ferns and police were the thing today with an All Blacks skills and drills session being held at Government House and a trip to Counties Manukau to find out how police are reducing family harm and youth crime in their district.
Dame Patsy and Sir David visited three patronages today - discovering more about the world-leading research being undertaken at the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research; being taken on a behind the scenes tour of Auckland Art Gallery and finding treasures at the New Zealand Maritime Museum
Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David addressed the meeting of delegates from 13 member ACAP nations and observors from range nations. New Zealand is considered to be the seabird capital of the world, but also has the most endangered species. ACAP seeks to promote the protection of the great sea-going albatrosses and petrels.
This morning we visited a close neighbour of Government House, St Mark's School, to help them celebrate 100 years to the day since the school opened. The school has had a close relationship with Government House over the years. We wish them all the best for the next 100 years.
Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards at Government House on Friday 8 September, 2017. Congratulations to Neakiry Kivi, winner of the Premier Award and Cassandra Spearin, George Mander and Hana Te Puni who were highly commended.
The Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards are a competition where contestants present speeches on a science, technology, engineering or mathematics idea of their choosing and detail how the idea will make New Zealand a better place. Neakiry's winning speech was “Karori Reinventing Solar: the solution is clear”.
Photo taken by James Griffin - Edgeline Photography