The Right Reverend and The Honourable Sir Paul Alfred Reeves ONZ, GCMG, GCVO, QSO, KStJ.
Paul Reeves was born in 1932 in working-class Newtown, where his father D’Arcy worked for the tramways. Mortgage payments on his parents’ small house left little money to spare, but that did not prevent their son from excelling at Wellington College and at Victoria College (now University), where he earned a MA before going to St John’s Theological College in Auckland to train for the Anglican priesthood.
Bernard ‘Tiny’ Freyberg was born in London in 1889, immigrating to New Zealand with his parents when he was two years old. He was educated at Wellington College and became well known for his swimming prowess, winning the New Zealand junior and senior swimming titles. It was a skill that would prove useful early on in his military career.
Since 1990 Governors-General have represented New Zealand overseas on ceremonial occasions. In June 2004 Dame Silvia Cartwright, the Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, (centre) and Peter Cartright (right) walked through the Brandenburg Gate as part of Dame Slivia's official visit to Germany.
Sir Arthur Espie Porritt (1967–72) was a transitional figure – New Zealand-born, but a British resident. He was the last Governor-General to wear the full civil uniform. In 1973, back in Britain, he was made Baron Porritt of Wanganui and Hampstead.
In 1951 Sir Bernard Freyberg (1946–52) became Lord Freyberg of Wellington, New Zealand and of Munstead in the County of Surrey. Back in Britain, he was appointed deputy constable and lieutenant-governor of Windsor Castle, where died in 1963.