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Source: New Zealand Governor General

The Governor-General, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy and Sir David Gascoigne depart for an official visit to Australia on Wednesday 2 June, 2021.

The four day programme begins in Canberra, with Dame Patsy and Sir David participating in a traditional indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony, followed by a State Ceremonial Welcome at Government House.

They will also visit the National Arboretum to plant a tōtara tree, and lay a wreath at the Australian War Memorial.

On Friday, Dame Patsy and Sir David will travel to Hobart, where activities will include a visit to MONA – Museum of Old and New Art, and the Australian Antarctic Division.

The visit has been planned in accordance with Australia’s Covid-19 rules. Dame Patsy and Sir David will be following all guidelines, including wearing masks where necessary. 


Thurs 3 June      Canberra

0900                       Indigenous Welcome to Country ceremony

1100                       State Ceremonial Welcome

1400                       Visit to the National Arboretum

1440                       Visit to the New Zealand High Commission

1800                       State Dinner

Fri 4 June            Canberra

0900                       Wreath laying and tour of the Australian War Memorial

1100                       Visit to the Australian Defence College for morning tea with New Zealand students

1500                       Visit to the National Portrait Gallery

Sat 5 June           Hobart

1045                       Tour of MONA – Museum of Old and New Art

1530                       Australian Antarctic Division

1830                       State Dinner

Sun 6 June          Hobart

0900                       Tour of Government House gardens.

Please direct all requests for further information to Jo Blick – Adviser, Engagement and Communications, Government House, 021 243 7958.