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Information for recipients

Investiture Photography

Woolf Photography is the official photographer at investiture ceremonies. Photographs of recipients are taken as they receive their insignia from the Governor-General, and there is also a group photograph with Her Excellency after the ceremony.

Unedited photographs will be available to download on this website shortly after the ceremony. 

Wellington Ceremonies

Monday evening

Tuesday morning

Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday morning

Thursday morning

Thursday afternoon

Auckland Ceremonies

Monday afternoon

Tuesday morning

Tuesday afternoon

Wednesday morning

Thursday morning

Thursday afternoon

Friday morning

Christchurch ceremony

Links to these image galleries will also be posted on the Governor-General's Facebook page and Instagram. Feel free to share these posts on your own social media feeds

Edited photographs from each ceremony will be available to view online at Woolf Photography within 7 working days at These are the versions most suitable for printing and can be downloaded free of charge.

If you wish to order prints of your photos, there are several print and framing options available on the Woolf website. There is a charge for this service.

Woolf Photography Contact:Grace Cooper, Operations Manager, Woolf Photography, (04) 917 6861,

Investiture filming

All ceremonies are filmed and the video will be available within 24 hours. Personalised recordings of recipients’ investitures are also available for purchase. An information sheet was included with recipients invitations. If you did not receive this contact Execam for more information

Investiture video Youtube channel

The ceremony

 The investiture ceremony takes around 30 minutes. Recipients and guests will be seated separately. After the ceremony, refreshments will be served.

Dress code

Formal daywear. Uniforms (e.g. Police, Fire Service, Scouts, Guides, St John), and formal cultural dress may also be worn.

During the ceremony, each recipient receives an insignia (medal), which is attached by means of a special clip. These are heavy and recipients are asked to wear a garment capable of supporting the insignia. Very thin garments, like silk blouses or lightweight jackets, won’t hold the insignia and may be damaged.


Recipients, including military personnel, should not wear other decorations, medals or lapel badges. Those wearing a non-military uniform may wear the ribbons of other honours, including the ribbon of the honour about to be presented.

Guests may wear medals and other decorations.

Further information

The Main Gate of Government House is on Rugby Street, opposite the southeast corner of the Basin Reserve and beside Wellington College. 

Parking for private vehicles is available on the main driveway

Taxis are permitted to enter the grounds and drop guests at the Ballroom Entrance. Taxis can be ordered at the conclusion of the event

If you are planning on being dropped off at the Main Gate, be aware that the driveway is a one kilometre uphill walk, taking around 10 minutes

Please bring your invitation card to present on arrival

Coat check will be available

Please contact Government House if you require mobility assistance or if you have food allergies/dietary requirements

Smoking is not permitted in the grounds or buildings of Government House

Please note invitations are non-transferable








Last updated: 
Monday, 24 September 2018

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