Last night the Association of Former MPs gathered at Government House and Dame Patsy presented Sean Chan with the prize for best essay in the Association's essay-writing competition for secondary school students. The competition aims to foster awareness and participation in the political process.
Last Thursday, Dame Patsy was present to induct six more laureates, past and present, to the NZ Business Hall of Fame, and to congratulate the winners of the Young Enterprise Trust's programme in schools, which focuses on developing entrepreneurial skills.
It's a new take on 48 hour creativity and innovation - GovHack, where teams create apps using freely available Government data sets. Dame Patsy was on hand last night to see the final presentations on everything from checking out a prospective flat for broadband speed and sunlight, to improving your chances of getting funding from Council. #govhacknz
New year is traditionally a time of reflection; as the old year disappears from view, it's a time to think about what we remember. The successes we celebrated, transitions and change...
[fade in] "I, Patricia Lee Reddy, solemnly, sincerely and truly declare and affirm, that as Governor-General..." [fade out]
...and the poignant farewells for those who left us.
In 2016, New Zealanders were reminded again of the impermanence of the ground beneath our feet. The Kaikoura earthquakes, and the devastation that followed, show how the world around us can change in mere seconds, and that we all need to be prepared.
Events like this remind us that what really matters are friends, family, and our connections with our communities.
Wherever you are, and whoever you're with, I hope you're looking forward to the new year, and the promise it brings.
I hope you can take time for yourselves, and take time to be with the people who're precious to you.
The Air Tattoo is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the founding of the RNZAF.
Personnel and contemporary military aircraft from Australia, Canada, the UK, the USA, China, Singapore, Japan and France were on hand, plus some wonderful vintage aircraft. The F16s proved to be too fast to catch on film - but you can see them in action tomorrow at Ohakea for the 2nd day of the Tattoo