Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae will succeed Sir Anand Satyanand as our Governor General.
Prime Minister John Key made the announcement this morning:
“Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae is a highly regarded leader with a distinguished 38-year military career. He joined the New Zealand Army in 1972, and rose through the ranks, serving and commanding in a wide variety of roles,” says Mr Key.
“This culminated in his appointment as Chief of Defence Force in 2006. He is currently the director of the Government Communications Security Bureau.
“Jerry will be New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General. I believe he will bring great mana and a wide range of qualities to this role, including judgement, energy and an enthusiasm for encouraging excellence in others.
“As Governor-General, he will have the opportunity to work with a wide range of New Zealanders and develop an active programme in the community.
“Jerry has served New Zealand with dedication and honour throughout his career, and I am delighted that he has agreed to continue that service in a new, broader role,” says Mr Key.
Sir Anand Satyanand’s term finishes on August 23. Jerry Mateparae will be sworn in on 31 August for his five-year term.
Biographical notes on the Governor General in waiting cover a distinguished career and community service:
Jerry’s military career has shaped his advocacy of “excellence” and interest in developing leaders, the welfare of veterans and the development of New Zealand’s youth. His current community service includes the Rotary Club of Wellington, the Palmerston North Boys’ High School Board of Trustees and the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem. In the past, he has been a patron for various organisations and groups. Currently he is the patron of the New Zealand Special Air Service Association.
His interests include keeping fit, diving, reading, sport, and health and wellbeing