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Navy On Guard At Credentials Ceremony


Navy On Guard At Credentials Ceremony

A Maori Ceremonial Group and a 25 person Guard of Honour from the Royal New Zealand Navy will provide support to the Governor General of New Zealand, Her Excellency The Honourable Dame Silvia Cartwright, PCNZM, DBE, at a Credentials Ceremony being held at Government House on 3 August 2004. The Governor General will receive Heads of Mission at 11.30am at Government House.

The Heads of Mission to be presented are His Excellency Mr Pedro Raul Herrera, Ambassador of the Argentine Republic, resident in Wellington; His Excellency Mr U Soe Win, Ambassador of the Union of Myanmar, resident in Canberra, ACT, Australia and Dr Icha Emmanuel Ituma, High Commissioner for the Federal Republic of Nigeria resident in Canberra, ACT, Australia.

The Maori Ceremonial Group will offer a wero to each Head of Mission, including offering them a ‘dart’ or small carved spear as part of the ceremonial challenge. A Karanga (call of welcome) and a haka will follow the wero. After a hongi is performed between the Head of Mission and the groups Kaumatua, to symbolise the coming together of the overseas guest and the people of New Zealand, the Navy Guard will offer a General Salute, while the appropriate national flag is unfurled. After the Head of Mission inspects the guard, their flag is taken down and they are escorted into Government House.


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