Dame Patsy Reddy next Governor General

Audrey Young writes that Dame Patsy Reddy “is poised to be named” as our next Governor General. The official announcement is expected today. If correct she will replace Sir Jerry Mateparae whose 5 year term is up on August 31.

NZ Herald: Dame Patsy Reddy to be Governor-General

Dame Patsy, 63, recently worked with Sir Michael Cullen on the review of the legislation related to New Zealand’s intelligence agencies.

She has practised as a lawyer, been a law lecturer at Victoria University and is well regarded for her work as a professional director, including a stint chairing the Film Commission.

She was made a Dame in 2014.

• Aged 63

• Married to Sir David Gascoigne, former Judicial Conduct Commissioner.

• Recent work: Co-reviewer of NZ intelligence agency legislation with Sir Michael Cullen.

• Chair of Film Commission, deputy chair of NZ Transport Agency, chief negotiator for Treaty Settlements in Bay of Plenty.

• Barrister and solicitor, professional director 20 years.Former partner in law firm Minter Ellison Rudd Watts and former law lecturer.

I know little about her apart from her involvement on the intelligence review.

The last two GGs have been men so it’s not surprising to see a woman being appointed.

Our past GGs:

Governor-General of New Zealand
Earl of Liverpool, GCB, GCMG, GBE, MVO, PC 1917 – 1920
Viscount Jellicoe, GCB, OM, GCVO 1920 – 1924
General Sir Charles Fergusson, Bt., GCMG, KCB, DSO, MVO 1924 – 1930
Viscount Bledisloe, GCMG, KBE, PC 1930 – 1935
Viscount Galway, GCMG, DSO, OBE, PC 1935 – 1941
Marshal of the RAF Sir Cyril Louis Norton Newall,
GCB, OM, GCMG, CBE, AM
1941 – 1946
Lt. General the Lord Freyberg, VC, GCMG, KCB, KBE, DSO 1946 – 1952
Lt. General the Lord Norrie, GCMG, GCVO, CB, DSO, MC 1952 – 1957
Viscount Cobham, GCMG, TD 1957 – 1962
Brigadier Sir Bernard Fergusson, GCMG, GCVO, DSO, OBE 1962 – 1967
Sir Arthur Espie Porritt, Bt., GCMG, GCVO, CBE 1967 – 1972
Sir (Edward) Denis Blundell, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QSO 1972 – 1977
The Rt Hon Sir Keith Jacka Holyoake, KG, GCMG, CH, QSO 1977 – 1980
The Hon Sir David Stuart Beattie, GCMG, GCVO, QSO, QC 1980 – 1985
The Rt Rev & The Hon Sir Paul Alfred Reeves,
GCMG, GCVO, QSO
1985 – 1990
The Hon Dame Catherine Anne Tizard, GCMG, GCVO, DBE, QSO 1990 – 1996
The Rt Hon Sir Michael Hardie Boys, GNZM, GCMG, QSO 1996 – 2001
The Hon Dame Silvia Cartwright PCNZM, DBE, QSO 2001 – 2006
The Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand, GNZM, QSO 2006 – 2011

Source: https://gg.govt.nz/the-governor-general/historical/former.htm

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33 Comments

  1. Nelly Smickers

     /  22nd March 2016

    My hubby said he is so pleased that this time they have appointed a Governor General with a name he can actually pronounce 😀

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    • Pete Kane

       /  22nd March 2016

      Good point, perhaps, we could make her your husband’s personal GG – and we can all have another one?

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    • jamie

       /  22nd March 2016

      Which ones are you finding hard to pronounce?

      More to the point, how often do you find yourself wanting to? 😀

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      • Nelly Smickers

         /  22nd March 2016

        I like the more ‘Standard’ names, ones like ‘jamie’ and ‘eleanor’, they are a lot more simple 😀

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        • jamie

           /  22nd March 2016

          Ah, I was wondering what all the “Elanor Rigby” stuff was about. I’m guessing from your comment that it’s a name used at The Standard, and that you think I’m the same person.

          Sorry Smelly, not my scene. I do read some of the articles there but never bother with the comments (too much paranoia and delusion) so I didn’t pick up on your previous references.

          Anyway, my tip for the day: When you don’t know how to pronounce the name of the Governor General, just call them “The Governor General.”

          Helpful, aren’t I?

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          • Nelly Smickers

             /  22nd March 2016

            Look, the last time we spoke here ‘jamie’, you called me “racist, sexist and boring”
            …..why don’t you just come clean and admit you’re really a closet rightie, with a bit of a crush on a gurl that’s not afraid to say it like it is 😀

            (oh, and the ‘Eleanor Rigby’ thing – that’s all a bit over your head. LOL!!)

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            • Robby

               /  22nd March 2016

              “sits on the rice in a church where a wedding has been, lives in a dream”
              Helpful, aren’t I…. 🙂

            • jamie

               /  22nd March 2016

              Hey! I said WAYNE was racist sexist and boring (and that you made him up 😀 )

            • Nelly Smickers

               /  23rd March 2016

              Jeez ‘jamie’, you’re into more conspiracy theories than Uggers!

              And you couldn’t make Wayne up if you tried – BELIEVE ME 😀

              Anyway, best you get back to something you know about, like continually bagging John Key

  2. Oliver

     /  22nd March 2016

    Reddy writes spy report and then she gets the job of governor General. Sounds like another case of you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours. It brings in to question the credibility of the spy report. Corruption is still rife in this country, when need someone like Little to clean things up.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  22nd March 2016

      You want to see McCarten as GG then?

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      • Oliver

         /  22nd March 2016

        Jane Kelsey would have been an obvious choice given her popularity and law experience.

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        • Pete Kane

           /  22nd March 2016

          Would the PM want a GG smarter than himself? Considerably smarter.

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      • Dougal

         /  22nd March 2016

        Your little friend just can’t resist trolling you AW.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  22nd March 2016

          Random opinions are trolling, Dougal? I thought they were just verbal diarrhoea.

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          • Dougal

             /  22nd March 2016

            I’m still sticking to my line that I think “Oliver” is not who he says he is and does not deserve my time or effort to respond. Each response or statement he makes is in general Troll type behaviour or deliberately obtuse.

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  3. Pantsdownbrown

     /  22nd March 2016

    Here’s her theme song she will use to announce her arrival at formal occasions:

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  4. Brown

     /  22nd March 2016

    Oliver was seemingly sane and then mentioned Little cleaning something up. Back to the ward Oliver. and bring your cuffs.

    I tend to a view the role is just ceremony nowadays. It shouldn’t be of course but it seems everyone who could make a difference won’t because they won’t bite the hand that feeds them.

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  5. Conspiratoor

     /  22nd March 2016

    can anyone explain to me what these people do, apart from bling bling, dress up, show up, eat and give out gongs. Oh and do something incredibly silly when parliament opens

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  6. Pete Kane

     /  22nd March 2016

    11 Things You Didn’t Know About Dame Patsy Reddy
    http://www.lawfuel.com/newzealand/11-things-didnt-know-dame-patsy-reddy/

    Well at least the Brierley crew etc are consistent. They put up a good battle for Sir Wilson Whineray in the early nineties and they clearly never gave up. The anti Winston team will certainly relishing the evening.

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    • Great read. Many things I didn’t know. Thanks Pete 🙂

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      • Robby

         /  22nd March 2016

        Good work if you can get it. So she has ‘connections’. These ‘connections’ will probably prove helpful to her in her new position. Why not give her a chance to prove she can do the job, before you all call her a failure?

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        • Pete Kane

           /  22nd March 2016

          So she has ‘connections’. Council for the protection of tax avoidance (being polite). It’s called history. Commission of Inquiry into Certain Matters relating to Taxation.
          Winebox to most.

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      • Klik Bate

         /  22nd March 2016

        In the words of Reggie’s boss, CJ:

        “I didn’t get where I am today without knowing a favorable report when I read one” 😀

        Reply

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