web analytics

The Governor-General’s message.

Written By: - Date published: 2:15 pm, January 1st, 2012 - 24 comments
Categories: republic - Tags:

Kia ora. Nga mihi o te tau hou. Greetings to you all for the New Year. It’s an honour, as Governor-General and representative of Her Majesty the Queen of New Zealand, to give my first New Year message.

The start of the year is a time when most of us take a break, catch up with family and friends and enjoy the long summer days. It’s also a time when we reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year ahead.

The last year has been difficult. The loss of life from the earthquake on February 22, like the Pike River Mine disaster in November 2010, reminded us that life is precious. When the container vessel Rena went aground near Tauranga, we were reminded that protecting our pristine environment is also important to us. As a nation where the roots of family, neighbourhood and community run far and deep, these events touched us all.

While we remember these terrible events, we should not forget all that we have achieved. It was superb that the All Blacks won the Rugby World Cup, giving us something to celebrate. Even more fantastic was the way we made the tournament our own, embracing the notion of a stadium of four million people.

Our response to the good and the sad times has galvanised my belief in New Zealanders. I have seen New Zealanders repeatedly demonstrating the values we all cherish. I have seen compassion, warmth, tolerance and a strong sense of community, where everyone is prepared to get stuck in and help friends and strangers alike. And I have been impressed by the ingenuity, talent and innovation demonstrated by our young people and leaders in many diverse fields.

We do not know with any certainty what lies in store for us this year. There are events like Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Games and other commemorative events to acknowledge. There will also be other occasions to celebrate our heritage, our way of life and our aspirations for the future. Undoubtedly, there will also be occasions where we will need to comfort our fellow New Zealanders and again demonstrate our resolve.

Building a better future for our tamariki and mokopuna requires us to draw on the storehouse of New Zealand’s strengths. Our values and our people have served us well in the past and will do so in the future. I intend to work to serve New Zealanders, bringing people together, promoting what is important to us and celebrating excellence. Most importantly, I urge you keep before you the sentiment of the proverb: “He aha te mea nui o te ao-What is the most important thing in the world? The answer is: he tangata, he tangata, he tangata – it is people, it is people, it is people.”

Thank you and I wish you all a happy and safe summer holiday and a successful 2012.

Lt Gen The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae, GNZM QSO
Governor-General of New Zealand.

24 comments on “The Governor-General’s message. ”

  1. johnm 2

    ERRR No Comment

  2. felix 3

    Sooo to sum up:

    Horrific death bad,
    Sport good,
    Kids neat.

    He’s truly a man for our time innit?

    • weka 5.1

      “So who should care about this? You’d think those on the political left would care, and they do complain, but it was their preoccupation with identity politics and the beneficiary society that left the gates open and undefended when the warriors of privilege roared in and purloined the booty. ”

      What does that mean?

      • Blue 5.1.1

        It means that he thinks the left shouldn’t talk about gay people, women, Maori, or any other group that is not white or male.

        We should also not talk about beneficiaries in any way other than bashing them for being bludgers and suggesting that all they need is a kick up the arse.

        According to Tim, when we talk about the rights of the marginalised groups in our society, the majority switch off and abandon us, thus ‘leaving the gates open’ for the right to come in and pillage everything.

        • ropata 5.1.1.1

          Well, the last Labour government lost their mandate by forgetting core labour values, ie. social equity, empowered workers, grass roots democracy. The endless parade of fringe issues rankled, people felt disempowered, and faceless corporations took over public utilities. I know that’s not what they set out to do but that’s the way it played out.

  3. Pundit X 6

    At least we have a Governor General who looks like a Kiwi. Suck it up Henry..

  4. Dr Livingstone 7

    A Tongue in cheek comment surely. Our previous GG Was born in Auckland in 1944 And he has had a distinguished career.He,s as Kiwi as.

    • Pundit X 7.1

      Indeed Livingstone. I am constantly surprised that Paul Henry is regarded with anything other than derision..

      • Rodel 7.1.1

        Can’t wait for an Aussie TV commentator to ask (re Henry), “When are we going to get a real Australian on our airwaves?”

  5. Chris Oden 8

    What was the message?

  6. mouse 9

    Call me old fashioned but I prefer Governer Generals with a C.V. that demoninstrates a strong background in Constitutional Law…

    What do we have here? – A domiciled head of state that is a former head of the military and the security intelligence service.

    2012 or 1984?

    • Jackal 9.1

      Being that he’s implicated in war crimes… he’s definitely a throw back.

    • alwyn 9.2

      Personally I’m even more of a throwback. I prefer the ones who were wealthy English peers.
      Look at the advantages we had.

      Firstly they used to give us things. The Ranfurly shield, the Plunket shield and the Bledisloe cup were all donated by GGs who were in that category. Bledisloe also bought up and gave us the Treaty house and about 600 acres at Waitangi.
      Secondly when they left the job they left the country and we didn’t have to keep providing them with things like the free VIP limousine service for the rest of their lives.

      Can anyone tell me anything any of the last half dozen have done for us?

      Alright I’m not truly serious so please don’t quote the ones like Cobham who seemed to be in it only for what he could get out of it.

  7. lprent 10

    Anyone notice the coat of arms on the front page for the post?

  8. bbfloyd 11

    so our hand picked royal stooge has a talent for meaningless waffle….. explains why mr muddle was so keen on him……. manages to say absolutely nothing of consequence in a series of convoluted platitudes….. i bet him and key have lots to talk about…

  9. And still this nonsense goes on and on.I truly wonder if we will ever become a republic and have our own leader.The House of Windsor seems to have found new champions to fleece and scrounge on the public purse.A new reason to also strengthen the corner stone of the crass class system.
    Unfortunatly with the present PM dearly planning a Knighthood for himself ,the republicn cause, is now truly on the back burner ,Im sorry to say.
    Expect a Royal tour in the near future with Key bowing and bobbing and his wife curtsying before some chinless wonder or the old girl any time now. Surely nothing more demeaning than to see the leader of
    our country of Aotearoa bowing before these parasites .

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Tokelau Language Week reminds us to stay united and strong
    Staying strong in the face of challenges and being true to our heritage and languages are key to preserving our cultural identity and wellbeing, is the focus of the 2020 Tokelau Language Week. Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio, says this year’s theme, ‘Apoapo tau foe, i nā tāfea ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago