A good bloke

Jerry Mateparae has been chosen to be our next Governor-General.

Lieutenant General Jerry Mateparae says he has an “unshakeable belief in New Zealanders” and believes he can use his new role as Governor-General to contribute to the country.

Prime Minister John Key today announced that the former head of the Defence Force would replace Sir Anand Satyanand when his term ends in August.

Lt Gen Mateparae’s appointment has been approved by the Queen and he will be sworn in on August 17, beginning a five-year term as New Zealand’s 20th Governor-General.

Lt Gen Mateparae told reporters he was honoured to be asked to accept the role.

Army sources tell me that he is loved by those in uniform. He was always willing to come and have a drink with them and find out what they thought was going on in the army.

A sound, non-political choice.