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Dame Patsy sworn in as Governor-General

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/09/2016

Dame Patsy Reddy has been sworn in as New Zealand's 21st Governor-General.

She's the third woman to hold the position and took the oath of office at a ceremony on parliament's forecourt on Wednesday.

Dame Patsy then inspected a tri-service guard of honour as a 21-gun salute boomed across Wellington.

She said in her speech to about 200 invited guests and several hundred members of the public on parliament's lawns that four themes would underpin her role over the next five years - creativity, innovation, leadership and diversity.

"I believe that they will be key drivers of a strong, successful and vibrant country in the years ahead," she said.

"I want to showcase and celebrate the energy, talent and commitment of New Zealanders who are exploring new ways of doing things - whether it will be in the arts, or in areas as diverse as medicine, education, science, sport, tourism, conservation, agriculture and the digital realm."

Prime Minister John Key welcomed Dame Patsy in her new role and spoke of her distinguished legal and business background.

Dame Patsy, 62, has taken over from Sir Jerry Mateparae as the Queen's representative in New Zealand.

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