Wendy McGowan RWNZ National President and Penelope England Chief Executive Officer attended a Patronage Reception hosted by Lady Janine Mateparae at Government House on 7 July 2016.
Below are excerpts from Lady Janine Mateparae's speech at the Patronage Reception:
"Jerry and I chose organisations we had an interest in, and those we thought were meaningful to New Zealanders. In my case, I have an interest in health and well-being, which I wanted to reflect in my patronages. I also wanted to continue the relationships forged by my predecessors. I’m happy that I was able to find a good balance between them.
As Patron, I have appreciated the insights I have gained about your operations and your people. I have enjoyed opportunities to attend your events, your meetings or to host you here at Government House. It hasn’t been possible to attend everything I’ve been invited to. In those instances, I’ve really appreciated the updates you’ve sent me.
I’ve also appreciated the support you and your organisations have given to me, particularly early on in our term. Your kindness was most welcoming and encouraging.
One of the things that’s impressed me most is the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers who support your organisations. It’s the people I’ve met who have made being a Patron special for me.
Rural Women New Zealand’s annual reports were a yearly highlight, and kept me up to date with what was happening. On my first event with them I was horrified to learn that I was on the same speaking card as the Prime Minister – no pressure!
Once again, thank you all for your contribution, your service and the work you do. The opportunity to be part of your world over the last five years has been important for me in contributing to Jerry’s and my community leadership role. I wish you, your people and your organisations all the best in your future endeavours."
Sir Jerry Mataparae and Lady Janine have now finished their term at Government House, we wish to thank Lady Janine for her patronage.