May 12, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Jerry Mateparae to be next Governor-General of New Zealand

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(TV3) Prime Minister John Key has announced Governor-General Sir Anand Satyanand will be succeeded by Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae (Ngati Tuwharetoa, Ngati Kahungunu).

Click here to check out Wikipedia’s entry on Matua Jerry.

Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae is a highly regarded leader with a distinguished 38-year military career. He joined the New Zealand Army in 1972, and rose through the ranks, serving and commanding in a wide variety of roles, says Mr Key.

Mr Mateparae was appointed Chief of Defence Force in 2006 and is currently the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.

Mr Mateparae will be New Zealands 20th Governor-General.

I believe he will bring great mana and a wide range of qualities to this role, including judgement, energy and an enthusiasm for encouraging excellence in others, Mr Key says.

Sir Anand Satyanands term concludes on August 23 this year. There will be a State farewell for Anand on August 17.

Mr Mateparae will be sworn in on August 31, beginning his five-year term.

Jerry Mateparae is only the second person of Maori descent to be Governor-General – the first wasSir Paul Reeves who served from 1985-1990.

About the Governor-General

The Governor-General is a symbol of New Zealand’s national unity and leadership, with the holder of the Office fulfilling important constitutional, ceremonial and community leadership roles. The Governor-General is appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister of New Zealand to serve as the personal representative of the Head of State, Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand.

2 thoughts on “Jerry Mateparae to be next Governor-General of New Zealand

  1. an awesome choice he will always be a true new zealander and so proud of his heritage. congratulations

  2. A great choice of Gov Gen. He will bring a presence to the Office… furthermore he is not a lawyer – too many lawyers ^^

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