On Sunday 20 October the Governor-General, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne depart for an official visit to Japan and the Republic of Korea.
Dame Patsy and Sir David will represent New Zealand at the enthronement ceremony of the Emperor of Japan. In the Republic of Korea, the Governor-General will name the Royal New Zealand Navy’s new vessel Aotearoa. Dame Patsy is the sponsor of the ship.
Tuesday 22 October
1300-1330 Enthronement of HM the Emperor of Japan at the Imperial Palace
1920-22.50 Court Banquet, Imperial Palace
Wednesday, 23 October
0930-1040 Visit to Waseda University, Tokyo, where Dame Patsy will address students and take part in a Q and A
1110-1210 Visit to Nezu Museum, Tokyo, where the collection focuses on pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art.
1800-2100 Banquet hosted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Hotel New Otani, Tokyo
REPUBLIC OF KOREA
Thursday, 24 October
1500-1600 Visit to the United Nations Memorial Cemetery, Busan, where 32 New Zealanders who fought in the Korean War are buried.
1800-2130 Dinner hosted by the Chief of Navy, Hyundai Hotel, to mark the naming of the Aotearoa for the Royal New Zealand Navy
Friday 25 October
0510-0800 Mauri Laying and Blessing for Aotearoa.
1025-1200 Naming Ceremony for Aotearoa.
1530-1730 Visit to Busan Museum of Art
Please direct all requests for further information to Nerina Bennett, Engagement and Communications, Government House, 021 470583.