The Governor-General of New Zealand, Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM, QSO will undertake a State Visit to Malaysia from 5 to 8 December 2017, at the invitation of His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV, Sultan Muhammad V.
This will be Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy's first visit to Malaysia since she became the Governor-General of New Zealand in September 2016. The last State Visit by the Governor-General of New Zealand was by Her Excellency Dame Silvia Cartwright from 27 September to 1 October 2004. The Governor-General's visit to Malaysia is also to commemorate the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between New Zealand and Malaysia.
The Governor-General will be accorded with a state welcoming ceremony at the Parliament on 6 December 2017. Later in the evening, the Governor-General will have an audience with His Majesty The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XV, Sultan Muhammad V and will be followed by a state banquet at the Istana Negara.
The Governor-General is scheduled to tour the historic city of Melaka on 7 December 2017 where she will also pay a visit to Kolej Yayasan Saad, Melaka. The Governor-General will meet with the Governor of Melaka, His Excellency Tun Datuk Seri Utama Mohd Khalil bin Yaakob over tea in the afternoon.
The Governor-General will deliver a keynote address during the Women in Leadership Forum, organised by the High Commission of New Zealand in Kuala Lumpur on 8 December 2017. The Forum will also include a roundtable discussion involving the Governor-General and a number of women leaders across both the public and private sectors in Malaysia. This will be followed by an audience with the Sultan of Perak, His Royal Highness Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzudin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah.
The State Visit of the Governor-General will further strengthen the long-standing bilateral relations between Malaysia and New Zealand and signifies the depth and breadth of cooperation established between the two countries.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia