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Conditions of appointment

Image of Dame Patsy and Sir David with HE Pietro Grasso, President of the Italian Senate, at the Palazzo Giusitiniani in Rome.

Learn about the Governor-General Act, the Governor-General's Flag, and who stands in for the Governor-General when she is overseas or unable to fulfill her engagements. 

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  • Administrator of the Government

    If the Governor-General is out of the country or incapacitated, the Administrator of the Government takes over vice-regal duties. First in line of succession is the Chief Justice, followed by the next most senior member of the New Zealand judiciary.
  • The Governor-General Act

    The then Governor-General, The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, gave Royal assent to the Governor-General Act 2010 on 22 November 2010.
  • The Governor-General's Flag

    The Governor-General’s flag is flown at the Government Houses in Wellington or Auckland when Dame Patsy is in residence. It is also flown on a flagpole at Parliament when she is attending Executive Council, and attached to the Vice-regal car when Dame Patsy is travelling.
Last updated: 
Monday, 27 February 2017

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