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Governor-General farewelled in style

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 24/08/2016
Although the celebration marks the official Queen's Birthday holiday, the Queen actually turned 90 in April. © Getty Images Although the celebration marks the official Queen's Birthday holiday, the Queen actually turned 90 in April.

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae has been farewelled with a guard of honour at parliament, a 21-gun salute and a state luncheon in the Beehive's banquet hall.

Sir Jerry served five years as governor-general and his term will end on August 31.

Prime Minister John Key and Opposition leader Andrew Little spoke at the luncheon, praising Sir Jerry for his distinguished military career and the way he had carried out his duties as governor-general.

Mr Key presented his wife, Lady Janine, with the Queen's Service Order. Sir Jerry said in his farewell speech he had felt some trepidation when he was sworn in, and went on to describe how much he had learned and experienced during his five years in office.

He spoke of meeting Queen Elizabeth and attending her 90th birthday celebrations, his many trips abroad and "New Zealand's fine reputation around the world."

Sir Jerry's successor, Dame Patsy Reddy, will be sworn in on September 28.

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