Governor-General of New Zealand to make State Visit to India-
the strong and developing relationship between New Zealand and
Auckland, Sep. 01, 2008
The Governor-General, Hon Anand Satyanand, is to make a State
Visit to India later this month.The Governor-General and Mrs Susan
Satyanand will visit India from September 8-14, visiting New Delhi,
Mumbai and Hyderabad.
The visit was an opportunity to reaffirm the strong and developing
relationship between New Zealand and India, he said.
“India is the world’s largest democracy and has one
of the fastest growing economies in Asia. There is already significant
mutual trade between New Zealand and India and there is considerable
potential to increase that even further.
“Our two countries also have much in common, including
use of the English language, a Westminster parliamentary democracy,
a common law-based legal system, Commonwealth ties and sporting
affiliations in cricket and hockey.
“Those ties are underpinned by the significant community
of New Zealanders of Indian origin who have made their home here.
While I was born and bred in New Zealand, it is a great honour
to return to the homeland of my grandparents, representing my
country as Governor-General of New Zealand.”
The Governor-General will arrive in New Delhi on September 8
and will receive a ceremonial welcome from the President of India,
HE Srimati Pratibha Patil, the following day. The President will
also host the Governor-General to a State Banquet at the Presidential
Palace, the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
While in New Delhi, the Governor-General will also meet the Vice-President,
Hon Sri Mohammad Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Hon Dr Manmohan
Singh, the Chief Justice, Sri K.G. Balakrishnan, and other ministers
and key politicians.
On September 10, the Governor-General will visit the Commonwealth
War Graves site in New Delhi before heading to Jawaharlal Nehru
University where he will give a speech on bilateral relations
between New Zealand and India.
On September 11, the Governor-General will fly to Mumbai in the
western State of Maharashtra, spending two days in the city. While
in Mumbai, he will attend a tourism event organised in liaison
with Tourism New Zealand and visit an Indian company that is selling
New Zealand software. He will also attend a State Banquet hosted
by the State Governor, Hon Sanayangba Chubatoshi Jamir.
On September 13, the Governor-General will fly to Hyderabad in
the southern State of Andra Pradesh. While in Hyderabad, he will
hold talks with the Chief Minister Dr Y.S. Rajasekhar Reddy and
attend a State Banquet hosted by the Governor, Hon Narayan Dutt
Tiwari. He will also visit businesses in the Hyderabad and deliver
a speech to the Indian School of Business on economic reform in
The Governor-General and Mrs Satyanand will be accompanied by
the Official Secretary at Government House and an Aide-de-Camp.
The New Zealand Police will also provide security personnel.
While the Governor-General is overseas from September 7 to 15,
the Chief Justice, Rt Hon Dame Sian Elias will act as Administrator
of the Government.
The Governor-General of New Zealand, the Hon Anand Satyanand, has
had a multi-faceted career as a lawyer, judge and ombudsman. These
roles have given him a wide perspective on the workings of government
and its relationship with citizens, and the needs of individuals.
Born and raised in Auckland, he attended Richmond Road Primary
in Ponsonby, and Sacred Heart College in Glen Innes. After graduating
with a law degree from the University of Auckland in 1970, he spent
the next 12 years in legal practice in Auckland, including employment
with the Crown Solicitors’ Office, and subsequently in partnership
with a Queen Street law firm, Shieff Angland. He became a district
court judge in 1982, holding warrants for both criminal and civil
jurisdictions. His main specialist work was in the criminal law
area as a trial judge for 10 years.
In 1995 he was appointed as an ombudsman, completing two five-year
terms in February 2005. Whilst an ombudsman, he dealt with complaints
about unfairness on the part of government officials, assessed governance
processes, and worked in the freedom of information jurisdiction
of that office.
Throughout his career, the Hon Anand Satyanand, has contributed
to professional legal education in New Zealand and internationally.
He has been a teacher and mentor to many individuals and institutions,
and has written and published in specialist areas. He was also a
regular contributor to a Commonwealth Secretariat-funded Ombudsman
training programme each year since 1998. He has been frequently
called on as a presenter, chair, moderator, and facilitator at a
wide range of seminars, professional education courses, and debates.
Since completing his term as an ombudsman, his experience and expertise
was called on for a variety of tasks. In 2006 he reviewed the New
Zealand Banking Ombudsman Scheme. He chaired the first fifteen months
of work undertaken by the Confidential Forum for Former In Patients
of Psychiatric Hospitals, and he undertook the task of being the
first Registrar of Pecuniary Interests of Members of Parliament.
He relinquished these latter roles on taking up the office of Governor-General.
The Governor-General has a long-standing interest in international
affairs and New Zealand’s place in the world. He was a government
appointed Board member of Asia New Zealand Foundation and served
on the national bodies of the New Zealand Institute of International
Affairs and Transparency International.
The Hon Anand Satyanand also was a contributor to community events,
both cultural and sporting. Prior to his appointment as a judge
he spent a number of years in football administration with New Zealand
Rugby League, and as a member of the Freemans Bay Community Committee.
Whilst working as a judge, he had two principal areas of community
contact—as a prison board chairman and as a member of the
national parole board.
In the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2005, he was made a Distinguished
Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (DCNZM) and with a view
to his tasks as Governor-General, a Principal Companion of the New
Zealand Order of Merit (PCNZM) in 2006, and an Additional Companion
of the Queen's Service Order in 2007. He and his wife Susan were
married in 1970, and they have three adult children.