Governor General: New Year message 2019

Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Patsy Reddy’s New Year message

Kia ora koutou.

Nga mihi o te tau hou. New Year greetings to you all.

In 2018 we honoured some great New Zealanders.

We marked anniversaries of events that impacted on our country and the wider world.

I was privileged to represent New Zealand at Gallipoli on Anzac Day, and in November, I attended commemorations at Le Quesnoy, in France, where I led hundreds of New Zealanders at events to mark the liberation of the town by New Zealand troops 100 years ago.

The following week, 100 years after the Armistice ending the First World War, our commemorations at Pukeahu expressed the joy and relief of our forebears, after four long years of war.

In March, we launched the commemorations to mark 125 years since New Zealand led the world in achieving votes for women. Later in the year, during the Royal Visit, the Duchess of Sussex recognised New Zealand’s leadership.

In 2019, I hope New Zealanders will lead the world again, this time in taking responsibility for reducing our carbon footprint on the planet, helping us meet our international commitments to combat climate change.

Whether it’s making changes to transport and energy, how we use land and water, or generate waste – if we all work together, we can make a difference.

No reira, tena koutou katoa.




  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  January 1, 2019

    If we are to make a difference it will be through our science and engineering. Otherwise we will be just following the mob and pretending otherwise.

    • In New Zealand we can potentially lead in agricultural science. I think there’s a lot of work being done on reducing methane emissions from cows and sheep, but I don’t see much reported about it.

      Alternative energy engineering is more likely to come here from other countries, like China and the US.

      But we could be doing a lot more and better to conserve energy. Every house in New Zealand should be insulated and double glazed. That would decrease energy needs (far better to concentrate on decreasing needs primarily) and emissions.

  2. kluelis

     /  January 1, 2019

    Best wishes to our wonderful Prime Minister Jacinda,

  3. Gezza

     /  January 1, 2019

    Having just read the GG’s New Year message I find myself feeling just the same as if I hadn’t.

  4. Chuck Bird

     /  January 1, 2019

    Does the GG go in a gas guzzling car or ride a bike?