Dame Patsy Reddy has stepped aside as the Governor-General of New Zealand.
Tuesday the 28th September marked her five-year tenure as the Queen’s representative in New Zealand.
A state farewell has been postponed due to COVID-19 and will be rescheduled.
Dame Cindy Kiro will be sworn in as Governor-General on Thursday, October 21. Chief Justice Dame Helen Winkelmann will act as Administrator of the Government in the interim.
Today the Prime Minister thanked Reddy for her “tireless service” during an “eventful term of office”. She was just the third woman to hold the office of Governor-General after Dame Cath Tizard and Dame Silvia Cartwright.
In Ardern’s farewell, she also acknowledged Dame Patsy’s husband Sir David Gascoigne for standing beside her and supporting her.