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New Governor-General of New Zealand to be sworn in

Lieutenant General Jeremiah (Jerry) Mateparae
Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, former Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force, will be sworn in as New Zealand's Governor-General on Wednesday (OH06-02227-07)

30 August 2011

A Swearing-In Ceremony for Lieutenant General Sir Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General designate of New Zealand will be held at Parliament this Wednesday. The ceremony will begin with a full Maori ceremonial welcome provided by Ngati Tuwharetoa hapu.

A Royal Guard of Honour of Navy, Army and Air Force personnel will be paraded as part of the ceremony.

Music will be provided by the New Zealand Army Band, Scots College Pipers and the combined choirs of Wellington College and Wellington Girls’ College.

Members of the public are welcome to view the ceremony on the main lawn or from the area outside the Parliamentary Library building.

As part of the ceremony the NZ Defence Force’s 16 Field Regiment will fire a 21-gun salute from Point Jerningham.

The swearing in ceremony will be followed by a reception at Parliament and a wreath laying ceremony at the National War Memorial at 2.30 pm.

What: Swearing-In Ceremony for the Governor-General of New Zealand

When: Wednesday 31 August, 11.30 am

Where: Parliament, Wellington


For further information please contact Ally Clelland, Defence Communications Group, 021 569 130

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