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Changeover Of Governors-General

MEDIA ADVISORY

8 February 2001


CHANGEOVER OF GOVERNORS-GENERAL

The Governor-General, Sir Michael Hardie Boys, will complete his term of office on 21 March 2001. The Governor-General Designate, Dame Silvia Cartwright, will be sworn into office on 4 April 2001.

A state luncheon to farewell Sir Michael will be held on 21 March 2001.

It is customary for the Governor-General Designate to travel to London for an audience with the Queen, prior to taking up office. Dame Silvia leaves New Zealand for this trip on 7 March, returning on 29 March. The Governor-General Designate will meet the Queen on 20 March. In addition to the United Kingdom, Dame Silvia will also make brief visits to Norway, Finland and Japan to view first-hand the practice of proportional representation in those countries.

The Chief Justice, Dame Sian Elias, will act as Administrator of the Government during the interregnum.


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