Happy New Year everybody!
I hope that 2016 may bring happiness to all, and a chance to manifest any unrealised dreams. Funny how New Year is a time for resolutions, when personally I think everyday should bear witness to the fulfilling goals and ambitions.
Something I didn’t get to blog about earlier, that was a highlight for me in 2015, was a visit to Government House in late Oct. Invited as part of a NZIPP delegation, the Governor General hosted a function in Wellington, in recognition of his nominated year of Nationhood. For every year in office, Their Excellencies The Governor-General, Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir Jerry Mateparae and Lady Janine Mateparae (boy, that is a mouthful) have chosen a difference theme in order to recognise different achievements. With our work on the NZIPP-RSA WWII veteran project, we were invited to this function at Government House. Not something you get to do every day!
We did have a slight hiccup at the start, when for reasons unbeknown my name was omitted from the gate list. Fortunately, having decided I didn’t look like ‘one of those’, I was let in after some deliberations and several radio messages. I was glad indeed to find that my name was on the main door list. Phew!!
We had a most pleasant time, both with fellow photographers, other guests, and with Sir Jerry and Lady Janine themselves. If anyone gets an opportunity to visit Government House, I would suggest you take up the offer. Seeing one of NZ’s most historic residences for one, but a chance to talk with household staff and the GG itself was fascinating. There are a treasure trove of photos, some magnificent paintings, and a multitude of regal gifts from various international visitations all on display.
Certainly a highlight for me in 2015. I wonder what 2016 will bring?! Maybe a chance to tuck my shirt in!!