Each year, on 6 February, the Governor-General hosts a garden reception to mark Waitangi Day.
To ensure as many New Zealanders as possible get the opportunity to spend part of Waitangi Day at Government House, a public ballot is held for invitations to the event.
In 2020, the venue for the garden party will be Government House in Wellington. The garden party generally alternates between Auckland and Wellington but sometimes, as is the case here, it may be held in the same city two years in a row. There is also the possibility that the garden party may be held in other cities in New Zealand at some time in the future.
The ballot for the 2020 Waitangi Day Garden Party will open online on Tuesday 10 September, 2019.