Story: Governors and governors-general

Letters patent, 1983

Letters patent, 1983

In 1983 the government revoked the outdated letters patent from 1917 and the accompanying royal instructions that set out the governor-general's powers and duties. In doing so, it 'patriated' the office, making it a New Zealand, not imperial, one – symbolised by the document being signed by a New Zealand prime minister for the first time.

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Reference: AAFD 7867 W5145 1

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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Constitutional duties', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 October 2021)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Sep 2016