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The Governor-Generals' Blog archive

Blog posts in category 'Feature'.

  • New Year message 2018

    Dame Patsy and Sir David wish all New Zealanders a safe and happy New Year.

    Here is Dame Patsy's message for 2018, a year in which we mark a very special anniversary.

  • New Year's Honours

    Congratulations to all the outstanding New Zealanders acknowledged with New Year's Honours. We look forward to hosting them and their families at investiture ceremonies at Government House Wellington and Government House Auckland in May.

  • Call from the Ambassador of Israel

    This afternoon, Israeli Ambassador Dr Itzhak Gerberg and wife Shifra called on Dame Patsy and Sir David to present a commemorative album of photos taken during the recent visit to Israel for the Beersheba commemorations.

  • Queen's Baton Relay

    On Monday, Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed the Queen's Baton to Queenstown at the Airport, on its final leg of a journey around Commonwealth countries and territories before the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.

  • Malaysia State Visit, Day Three

    On the final day of her visit, 8 December, Dame Patsy addressed a Women in Leadership Forum, paid a courtesy call on the Sultan of Perak, and lunched with Malaysian alumni of New Zealand universities.

  • State Visit to Malaysia, Day Two

    On 7 December, Dame Patsy visited Cheras Cemetery, where she paid her respects at the graves of New Zealand service personnel. In the afternoon, she visited KYS School, met the Governor of Melaka and toured the historic district of Melaka.

  • State Visit to Malaysia, Day One

    On 6 December, day one of Dame Patsy's State Visit to Malaysia she attended a Welcoming Ceremony in Parliament Square in Kuala Lumpur, met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, visited  the Islamic Arts Museum and Masjed Jamek m

  • Toi Art and VUW graduation ceremony

    Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Te Papa on Tuesday 12 December for a sneak peek at their revamped gallery space Toi Art, which is due to open in March next year.

  • Kaibosh Reception

    Last night Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for the donors, volunteers and partner organisations of Kaibosh, Wellington's food-rescue service, which redistributes 20 tonnes of food a month to people in need.

  • Prince's Trust Reception

    As Dame Patsy is on a State Visit to Malaysia, Cabinet Secretary Michael Webster hosted a reception for the Prince's Trust, welcoming Dame Martina Milburn, Group Chief Executive of the Trust.

  • Chinese Reflection Garden and Ceremony for Boys Brigade and Girls Brigade

    On Saturday, Dame Patsy travelled to Amberley in Canterbury to open a Chinese Reflection Garden established in memory of Rewi Alley, a New Zealander who spent most of his life in China, promoting training and education as a way to lift people out of pov

  • Elliot Scholars and New Zealand School of Dance

    Last Friday, Dame Patsy presented another 3 outstanding Auckland students with scholarships from the Sir George Elliot Trust.

  • Launch of the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust

    On Monday 20 November, Sir David hosted the launch of the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust at Government House.

  • WakaNZ workshop presentation

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted one of the finale events for the WakaNZ: Navigating a Post-Treaty Settlement Future 2017 Workshop.

  • Christchurch Visit

    In Christchurch, Dame Patsy and Sir David attended the opening of the Christchurch City Mission's Women's Night Shelter and also visited the Christchurch Art Gallery to see the Len Lye Exhibition.

  • Credentials at Government House in Wellington

    Today Dame Patsy hosted credentials ceremonies for the new envoys from Nepal, Tanzania, Georgia, Cyprus, Nigeria and Latvia.

  • Visit to Al-Madinah School

    On Friday 17 November, Dame Patsy and Sir David visited Al-Madinah School in Auckland. Al-Madinah School gives its students a typical Kiwi education as well as a solid grounding in Islam.

  • QEII National Trust 40th birthday

    This afternoon Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted covenanters of the QEII National Trust, which collectively holds protected in perpetuity an area of privately-owned land equal to the size of Stewart Island.

  • Diplomatic reception

    It was a highly convivial evening at Government House as Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps.

    Photos of the reception

     

  • Visit to Israel

    The itinerary of the recent official visit of Dame Patsy and Sir David to Israel included Yad Vashem (Holocaust Museum); lunch with HE Mr Reuven Rivlin, President of the State of Israel; a call on HE Mr Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of

  • Farewell call from the Ambassador of China

    Dame Patsy and Sir David received a farewell call from the Ambassador of China, HE Wang Lutong and his wife Yang Pengbo at Government House in Wellington

  • Paralympics NZ team farewell

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a farewell for the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympic Team at Government House in Auckland. Para alpine skiers Aaron Williams, Corey Peters and Adam Hall (and fourth team member, Para snowboarder Carl Murphy who w

  • State Welcome for HE Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany

    This morning Dame Patsy and Sir David welcomed HE Mr Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Ms Elke Budenbender at a State Welcome at Government House.

  • Dame Patsy at Beersheba

    Dame Patsy speaking at the New Zealand National Commemorative Service marking the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Beersheba. 

  • State Welcome for the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Today the Administrator, Dame Sian Elias, standing in for Dame Patsy, hosted a state welcome and luncheon for the Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia-Herzegovina, HE Dragan Ćović.

  • Swearing-in of new Ministers

    The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy officiated at the swearing-in ceremony for new ministers at Government House in Wellington on Thursday 26 October, 2017

    Images of the swearing-in

  • Swearing-in ceremony livestream

    Today Dame Patsy will be officiating at the swearing-in ceremony for new Ministers of the Crown at Government House in Wellington. Government House will be livestreaming the ceremony from 11am.

  • State Dinner for the President of Ireland

    Dame Patsy and Sir David hosted a State Dinner in honour of President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins at Government House in Wellington last night.

  • State Welcome for the President of Ireland

    The sun shone for the State Welcome for President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins at Government House today.

    More images from the State Welcome for the President of Ireland

  • 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.

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