New Zealand Governor General Visits Cook Islands

Dame Patsy Reddy to receive cultural welcome in Rarotonga

By Richard Moore

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, March 22, 2017) – New Zealand’s Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne will arrive on Rarotonga today for an official visit.

It will be Dame Patsy’s first overseas visit since she took on her role as the Governor-General of the Realm of New Zealand, which includes Niue and the Cook Islands.

Dame Patsy’s plane will touch down in the afternoon and she will begin her visit by meeting the Queen’s Representative Tom Marsters and then, in the evening, the vice-regal party will be given a cultural welcome at Atupare Marae.

Tomorrow Dame Patsy will again meet the Queen’s Representative, together with prime minister Henry Puna and his Cabinet, before travelling to Aitutaki. There she will tour Karamoo plantation.

On Friday, Her Excellency will meet New Zealand Defence Force Youth Development participants and local community groups before returning to Rarotonga, where she will meet members of the community, visit Tereora College, and unveil a plaque at the RSA cemetery to commemorate the service of 500 Cook Islands soldiers during World War I.

Before visiting Rarotonga, Dame Patsy was in Niue where she held an investiture ceremony for the Premier, Sir Toke Talagi, who was knighted in the 2017 New Year Honours.

While in Niue she saw an art exhibition and a cultural performance, as well as meeting government ministers. The Governor-General also planted a coconut palm to break ground at the site of a new museum.

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