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Roles and functions of the Governor-General

The Governor-General's role includes several functions:

  • Constitutional
    • appointing the government after an election
    • giving Royal Assent to legislation 
    • presiding over the Executive Council
    • appointing key public officials and accepting diplomatic credentials 
  • Ceremonial
  • Community leadership
    • supporting Vice-regal patronages
    • attending significant community events
    • visiting the regions of New Zealand
  • International
    • representing New Zealand at important international ceremonies
    • undertaking state visits
Last updated: 
Monday, 27 February 2017

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