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Governor-General's Waitangi programme

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A welcome at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and a citizenship ceremony in Auckland will be key events in Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy’s extended programme commemorating Waitangi Day.

The first event for Dame Patsy and husband Sir David Gascoigne will be hosting the traditional dinner for the Chief of Navy in Paihia (Saturday, 3 February). The following day (Sunday 4 February), Their Excellencies will be officially welcomed at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Later on Sunday, they will visit Rangihoua Heritage Park before attending a reception on HMNZS Otago.

Monday 5 February will see Dame Patsy and Sir David mixing and mingling with members of the Diplomatic Corps at a special reception at the Treaty Grounds, with a meeting with the Waitangi National Trust Board scheduled for later that day. Dame Patsy’s final responsibility at Waitangi will be serving as Reviewing Officer at the Royal New Zealand Navy’s Beat Retreat ceremony.

On Waitangi Day itself (Tuesday 6 February) Dame Patsy will welcome 1000 New Zealanders from all walks of life to the Bledisloe Garden reception at Government House in Auckland. The guests, a substantial number of whom received their tickets via a ballot, will be entertained by music from the Airforce Jazz Band and New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reid. There will also be a kapa haka performance from Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi Marae.

The final event will be on Thursday 8 February at Government House Auckland where Dame Patsy will host a special citizenship ceremony, where 26 ‘new New Zealanders’ will officially become citizens. His Worship Phil Goff, Mayor of Auckland will administer the oaths and affirmations of allegiance.

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