Dame Patsy Reddy has been announced as the new Governor-General. The governor-general acts as the Queen’s representative in New Zealand.
She will begin her five-year term on 14 September. She will be New Zealand’s 21st Governor-General.
She will succeed former Chief of the Defence Force Sir Jerry Mateparae, when his term finishes at the end of August.
Dame Patsy is a lawyer.
Prime Minister John Key said he welcomed the announcement and that the Queen had approved the appointment.
“She is a passionate New Zealander, a well-respected businesswoman and a staunch supporter of our creative sector.
“She is thoughtful, articulate and has a brilliant legal mind. I am sure New Zealanders will be proud to have her as our Governor-General.”
Dame Patsy is the third woman to hold the position, alongside Dame Catherine Tizard and Dame Silvia Cartwright.