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Paul Reeves: speeches in the ballroom (3rd of 3)

Paul Reeves: speeches in the ballroom

Guests recline on mattresses and listen to speeches – much as would happen in a wharenui (meeting house) – in the Government House ballroom on 20 November 1985, the evening of Sir Paul Reeves’s swearing-in as New Zealand’s first Māori governor-general. That evening Prime Minister David Lange joined them for part of the proceedings.

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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Changing characteristics', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33670/paul-reeves-speeches-in-the-ballroom (accessed 17 November 2019)

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