Twice a year, the Governor-General holds investiture ceremonies at Government House in Wellington and Government House in Auckland for the people named in the New Year and Queen's Birthday honours lists.
Honours recipients travel to these ceremonies from throughout the country. Each recipient brings close family members or friends to the ceremony. At the ceremony, the citations for the honours recipients are read out, and the Governor-General presents their insignia, medal or decoration to them.
Tikanga has been incorporated into investiture ceremonies during Dame Patsy's term, with recipients being called in with a karanga followed by a karakia.
These ceremonies can be attended by members of the media. Media wishing to attend investiture ceremonies should email the Team Leader, Engagement and Communications