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Conditions of appointment

Image of Dame Patsy and Sir David meeting Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan
Dame Patsy and Sir David meet Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako of Japan, Tokyo 2019

Learn about the Governor-General Act, the Governor-General's Flag, and who stands in for the Governor-General when she is overseas or unable to fulfill her engagements. 

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  • Administrator of the Government

    If the Governor-General is out of the country or incapacitated, the Administrator of the Government takes over vice-regal duties. First in line of succession is the Chief Justice, followed by the next most senior member of the New Zealand judiciary.
  • The Governor-General Act

    The then Governor-General, The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, gave Royal assent to the Governor-General Act 2010 on 22 November 2010.
  • The Governor-General's Flag

    The Governor-General’s flag is flown at the Government Houses in Wellington or Auckland when Dame Patsy is in residence. It is also flown on a flagpole at Parliament when she is attending Executive Council, and attached to the Vice-regal car when Dame Cindy is travelling.
Last updated: 
Monday, 27 February 2017

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