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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Wellington Investiture Tuesday 25 September PM

    The film, television, theatre and fashion worlds were well represented at this afternoon's investiture ceremony at Government House in Wellington.

  • Wellington Investiture Tuesday 25 September AM

    Sir William English was knighted this morning at Government House in Wellington. He was one of 15 New Zealanders who received their insignia from Dame Patsy. Congratulations to all this morning's recipients!

  • Investiture Monday 24 September

    This evening 16 New Zealand women received their insignia from Dame Patsy at an investiture at Government House in Wellington.

  • ArtCrime2018: The Symposium

    There's a lot more to art crime than just stealing paintings. Looting, forgery, war crimes and the murky details of provenence were all on the agenda at ArtCrime2018:The Symposium in Wellington today.

  • 2019 Waitangi Day Garden Party Ballot

    Is it really that time again? Yes indeed - the ballot for invitations to next year's Waitangi Day Garden Party is now open!

  • Suffrage 125

    Yesterday marked 125 years since the passing of the Electoral Act 1893, which enabled women to vote in Parliamentary elections for the first time.  To celebrate that victory, and New Zealand's pioneering role in women's suffrage, Dame Patsy ho

  • Women's Suffrage

    This week we are celebrating the 125th anniversary of the passing of legislation which enabled New Zealand women to vote in Parliamentary elections.

  • Dress for Success Wellington

    Dress up was the theme for the Dress for Success Wellington reception, hosted by Dame Patsy at Government House in Wellington.

  • Tuesday 11 September

    It was a case of hello and goodbye today at Government House. Coco watched on as Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the latest Matairangi Mahi Toi - Massey Artist in Residence to Government House.

  • Women's Sport Leadership Academy

    Last night, Dame Patsy congratulated the New Zealand Olympic Committee for promoting leadership roles for women in New Zealand sports organisations.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Young Science Leaders Forum

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Young Science Leaders Forum in association with the Eureka! Awards at Government House in Wellington.

  • Visit to St John's Auckland headquarters

    We gained a new appreciation of St John's work today during our visit tuo its Auckland Headquarters.

  • Consular Reception in Auckland

    Last night Dame Patsy hosted a reception for members of the Consular Corps in Auckland.

    Image Gallery

  • Northern Club Lunch

    Governors-General have a long association with the Northern Club and today Dame Patsy and Sir David were invited to a lunch where Dame Patsy spoke about her goals during her term of office and answered questions about our constitutional arrangements.

  • 2018 White Camellia Awards

    Winners of the 2018 White Camellia Awards this evening were Westpac, ANZ, Sovereign and Ebborn Law.

  • The Wallace Art Awards

    This is the 27th year of the Wallace Art Awards, and it's bigger than ever, attracting over 400 entries.

  • Christchurch visits

    Dame Patsy made two visits to Christchurch this week.

  • Credentials ceremonies

    Dame Patsy hosted credentials ceremonies for the diplomatic envoys from Russia, the Netherlands, Ireland, Pakistan and Laos at Government House in Wellington.

  • Visit to Kaibosh in Wellington

    Yesterday Dame Patsy and Sir David paid a visit to Kaibosh Food Rescue, which collects and distributes food to over 65 charities around Wellington.

  • Queen's Guide Awards

    Comgratulations to the 45 young women who received their Queen's Guide awards at Government House at the weekend. Well done and best of luck for the future.

    Queen's Guide Award photos

  • Visit to Rocket Lab

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Rocket Lab in Auckland and it was just as cool as you'd imagine.

  • State Visit by the President of the Republic of Poland

    Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the President of the Republic of Poland, HE Andrzej Duda and Agata Kornhauser-Duda at Government House in Auckland.

  • Scottish Country Dancing Society New Zealand Branch 50th Anniversary Ball

    Last night, Scottish Country Dancing enthusiasts came from around New Zealand to attend a ball to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the New Zealand branch of the Scottish Country Dancing Society.

  • Whanganui Visit day 3

    The theme of the day was aviation as Dame Patsy and Sir David officially opened the  New Zealand International Commercial Pilot Academy then headed to Ohakea for a welcome at RNZAF Turangawaewae and then a tour of No 14 and No 3 Squa

  • Whanganui Day 2

    The second day of the Whanganui visit started with a trip to the Gonville Community Library to meet the Gonville knitting group. Dame Patsy also read a story to a group of pre-schoolers.

  • Whanganui Visit - Day One

    Dame Patsy and Sir David's first day in Whanganui began with a powhiri at Putiki marae which was followed by Dame Tariana Turia's investiture. The day finished with a visit to Glassworks and a chance to play with glassmaking techniques

  • 2018 New Zealand Business Hall of Fame Gala Dinner

    Our thanks to the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame for forwarding images from the Gala Dinner on 27 July, which acknowledged New Zealanders who have made outstanding contributions to New Zealand business: Tony Nightingale, Alan Gibbs, James D

  • 125th anniversary of the founding of Home and Family Counselling



  • Royal New Zealand Ballet 65th anniversary

    Staff and dancers past and present were invited to Government House to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Displays of costumes and other memorabilia and a birthday cake addded to the party atmosphere. 

  • Day Three Christchurch: Linwood North School and Green Fuels NZ

    Yesterday's engagements affirmed the theme of renewal and transformation so evident during this visit to Otautahi/Christchurch. The official opening of the new hall and classrooms at Linwood North School was cause for celebratio

  • Christchurch Visit - Day One:Te Waihora catchment and the Women's Leadership Forum

    The Governor-General's visit to Canterbury this week has a theme of transformation and renewal.

  • Visit of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students

    We were delighted to welcome students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students this morning for a tour of Government House.

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