Who will be New Zealand’s next Governor-General?

Sir Jerry?Mateparae will complete his five-year term shortly.

Who will replace him?

A new Governor-General will be announced before the month is up.

The current Head of State?representative?Sir Jerry Mateparae will finish up his five-year term with a state farewell on 31 August.

So who will take his place and live it up lush at Government House? ? ?

Governor-Generals are appointed on the recommendation of the Prime Minister. They tend to be high-ranking individuals in their own right?that have contributed to the country, and often have good?knowledge of the law.

Before Mateparae, there was Sir Anand Satyanand, a judge, an ombudsman (and the victim of Paul Henry’s race comments).?And before him was Dame Silvia Cartwright, another judge, who went on to work for the United Nations.

Mateparae was not a typical pick.

Some called it an inspired choice that seemed to resonate positively with the public, maybe because he was a self-made man – just?17?years old when he?entered the military and worked his way to the top.

Fairfax, on a complete speculator after that, are suggesting Jenny Shipley, Sian Elias, Patsy Reddy, Don McKinnon and Jim Bolger.

Jim Bolger is a confirmed republican and I doubt that he’d want to be the Queen’s representative. Sian Elias would be a terrible choice but it would remove her from the judiciary, which is a side benefit.

Who else do you think qualifies to be Governor General?


– Fairfax