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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • Nga Taonga reception

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception to launch Nga Taonga's new patronage initiative at Government House this evening.

  • Graeme Dingle Foundation Awards

    Once again we were hugely inspired by the stories of transformation and achievement at the Graeme Dingle Foundation Awards ceremony at Government House Auckland tonight.

  • Lindah Lepou showcase

    On Friday 13 October, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a showcase of Matairangi Mahi Toi Pasifika artist in residence Lindah Lepou's works. Lindah is a fashion designer whose garments are more artworks than clothing.

  • Passchendaele commemoration

    On 12 October, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended a national commemoration at Pukeahu National Memorial Park to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, where New Zealand suffered its greatest loss of life on an overseas battlefield.

  • New Zealand String Quartet 30th Anniversary

    On Sunday 8 October, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a 30th birthday celebration for the New Zealand String Quartet at Government House in Wellington.  

  • Frances Clarke Awards 2017

    Dame Patsy was delighted to host the Frances Clarke Awards at Government House for the second time since her term began.

  • Friday 6 October

    Today was a busy one for Dame Patsy and Sir David with a quick trip to Auckland to open the Halberg Disability Junior Games then back to Wellington to host an award ceremony for St John.

  • Lewis Moeau

    Dame Patsy wishes to acknowledge the passing of kaumatua Lewis Moeau, QSO who was an advisor to former Governors-General Sir Anand Satyanand and Sir Jerry Mateparae.

  • Winston Churchill Fellows

    This afternoon Dame Patsy presented awards to 26 Winston Churchill Fellows at Government House.

    Speech transcript

  • Local Government meeting in Hamilton

  • Women in Leadership Day at Waikato University

    This morning Dame Patsy was a speaker at a Waikato Women in Leadership event at Waikato University, where she spoke about gender equity and answered questions from the floor.

    Speech transcript

  • Dinner for senior members of the judiciary

    This evening, Dame Patsy and Sir David are hosting senior members of the judiciary, including the Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias.

    Speech transcript

  • Hamilton Girls High School

    On Friday 29 September, Dame Patsy visited the school where she spent her secondary school years - Hamilton Girls High School. Dame Patsy addressed an assembly and also took the opportunity to answer questions about her role from staff and students.

  • Kudos Awards

    On Thursday 28 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the Kudos Awards Dinner in Hamilton. The Awards acknowledge excellence in science in the Waikato region.

  • The Maori Women's Welfare League Conference

    On Thursday 28 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the Maori Women's Welfare League Conference in New Plymouth. Dame Patsy addressed the delegates, acknowledging their leadership in their communities.

  • This week at Government House

    Coco was much in evidence this week at Government House, photobombing a photo of Dame Patsy meeting Warrant Officers from Tonga, Fiji, Singapore and Australia and also making an appearance during the morning tea with Government House artist in residence

  • Tree planting at Government House Auckland

    On Saturday 16 September, Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the planting of two Pennantia baylisiana trees at Government House in Auckland.

  • Auckland 15 September 2017

    All Blacks, Black Ferns and police were the thing today with an All Blacks skills and drills session being held at Government House and a trip to Counties Manukau to find out how police are reducing family harm and youth crime in their district.

  • Auckland 14 September 2017

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited three patronages today - discovering more about the world-leading research being undertaken at the University of Auckland Centre for Brain Research; being taken on a behind the scenes tour of Auckland Art

  • Auckland 13 September 2017

    Dame Patsy and Sir David are spending the rest of this week in Auckland. First up, a visit to one of Dame Patsy's patronages, the New Zealand AIDS Foundation.

  • ACAP meeting

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David addressed the meeting of delegates from 13 member ACAP nations and observors from range nations. New Zealand is considered to be the seabird capital of the world, but also has the most endangered species.

  • Visit to St Mark's School

    This morning we visited a close neighbour of Government House, St Mark's School, to help them celebrate 100 years to the day since the school opened. The school has had a close relationship with Government House over the years.

  • Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka! Awards

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted the Sir Paul Callaghan Eureka!

  • Visit to the Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth

    Yesterday Dame Patsy and Sir David were given a brief tour of the Len Lye Centre at the Govett-Brewster Gallery in New Plymouth.

  • Opening of the Rainforest Centre at Pukeiti

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David visited the renowned gardens at Pukeiti to formally open the Rainforest Centre, where visitors can learn about the history of the gardens and walk along  elevated walkways into the rainforest.

  • Women of Influence Awards

    On Thursday night, Dame Patsy presented Helen Clark with the Lifetime Acheivement award at the 2017 Women of Influence Awards in Auckland.

    More photos

  • Credentials Ceremony 6 September 2017

    This afternoon, Dame Patsy received the credentials of three Ambassadors: HE Mr Marc Mullie, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium; Mr Mirza Hajric, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina; and HE Mr Wahidullah Waissi, the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic

  • Special investiture - Hon Jim Anderton

    Dame Patsy presented Hon Jim Anderton with the insignia of a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services as a Member of Parliament at a special ceremony in Christchurch yesterday.

  • Dame Patsy opens The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence

    Tonight Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the opening of The Corsini Collection: A Window on Renaissance Florence at the Auckland Art Gallery.

  • Investiture Dinner

    This evening Dame Patsy and Sir David are hosting honours recipients at a dinner at Government House.

    Image gallery

  • Investiture Friday 1 September

    The last investiture ceremony of 2017 saw 22 New Zealanders recognised for their service to their communities.

  • Thursday afternoon investiture ceremony

    Congratulations to the 18 New Zealanders who received their insignia at Government House in Wellington this afternoon.

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