by InZone on July 7th, 2016

​Last month, InZone boys were honoured to receive an invitation from New Zealand’s Governor-General to visit him at Government House for a formal audience and afternoon tea.
His Excellency Lieutenant General The Right Honourable Sir “Jerry” Mateparae, our 20th Governor-General, lives just minutes away from the InZone boys Kainga on Owens Road.
Smartly dressed in their InZone dress uniforms, the boys were checked by security at the gate, before filing through the beautiful gardens to the pavilion at Government House.
Once there, they stood to attention as His Excellency was escorted into the pavilion by one of his staff, and formally addressed them from the podium.
He told the boys that, like them, he had not come from a privileged background. He had however made a lot of the opportunities that had come his way. As a young high school student in Whanganui, he said he did not think past the month ahead of him, but when he entered the army, he realised he had to set long-term goals if he wanted to succeed in life.
He explained that the culture of the army was based on four main qualities: Courage, Commitment, Comradeship and Integrity. He told the boys that for him, integrity stood out as the most important quality in life; it is vital to know who you are and what you stand for.
The InZone boys responded formally with a mihi, excellently delivered in te reo by Nikau Reti-Beazley.  They went on to sing a waiata, accompanied by Logan Hohaia playing the guitar, and finally they performed a stirring haka. His Excellency acknowledged their response and opened a short question and answer session with the boys.
During an informal afternoon tea, His Excellency chatted with some of the boys, and this was followed by a tour around some of the Government House rooms; these included the formal dining room and the drawing room, where visiting dignitaries are often hosted.

We would like to thank Andrew Patterson for personally organising and facilitating this very special visit. Andrew supports InZone in many ways and we greatly appreciate all that he does for our rangatahi.
We would also like to thank His Excellency and his staff for hosting InZone - we are sure many of the boys will not forget his inspirational words of wisdom.

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