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Sir Jerry Mateparae
Sir Jerry Mateparae February 2015.jpg
27th High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom
Assumed office
24 March 2017
Prime Minister Bill English
Jacinda Ardern
Preceded by Lockwood Smith
20th Governor-General of New Zealand
In office
31 August 2011 – 31 August 2016
Monarch Elizabeth II
Prime Minister John Key
Preceded by Anand Satyanand
Succeeded by Patsy Reddy
Personal details
Born 14 November 1954 (1954-11-14) (age 66)
Whanganui, New Zealand
Spouse(s) Raewyn McGhie (1973–1990)
Janine Grenside
Children 5
Alma mater Officer Cadet School, Portsea
Staff College, Camberley
Australian Defence College
Royal College of Defence Studies
University of Waikato
Institute for Strategic Leadership
Military service
Allegiance New Zealand
Branch/service New Zealand Army
Years of service 1972–2011
Rank Lieutenant General
Commands Chief of Defence Force
Chief of Army
Land Command
1st Battalion, Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment
New Zealand Special Air Service
Battles/wars Operation Bel Isi
Operation Warden
Awards Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit
Queen's Service Order

Lieutenant General Sir Jeremiah "Jerry" Mateparae, (born 14 November 1954), is High Commissioner of New Zealand to the United Kingdom. Formerly, he was New Zealand's 20th Governor-General, and the 9th Queen's representative in Niue, the second Māori person to hold the office after Sir Paul Reeves. A former New Zealand Army officer, he was Chief of the New Zealand Defence Force between 2006 and 2011 and later served as the Director of the New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau. His appointment as Governor-General was announced on 8 March 2011 and he took office on 31 August 2011.

Personal life

Jerry Mateparae was born to the Andrews family in Wanganui. He is descended from the Ngāti Tūwharetoa and Ngāti Kahungunu tribes and also has links to Tūhoe and tribes in the upper Whanganui. He was raised in the Whanganui suburb of Castlecliff and attended Castlecliff Primary School, Rutherford Intermediate School and Wanganui High School. He has three children with his first wife Raewyn, who died in 1990, and two children with his second wife Janine.

Army career

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Lt. Gen. Jerry Mateparae as Chief of Defence on 29 May 2009, in Singapore

Mateparae enlisted as a private in the Regular Force of the New Zealand Army in June 1972. In December 1976, he graduated from the Officer Cadet School, Portsea in Australia. He served in both battalions of the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and in the New Zealand Special Air Service. He was a platoon commander in Singapore in 1979.

In 1999, he was promoted to brigadier, in the post of Land Component Commander, Joint Forces New Zealand. In 2002, Mateparae was promoted to major general and became the Chief of General Staff. In 2006 he was promoted to lieutenant general and took up appointment as the Chief of Defence Force, New Zealand's senior uniformed military appointment, which he held until 24 January 2011.

Governor-General of New Zealand

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Jerry Mateperae with Prime Minister John Key at the ceremony at which he was sworn in as Governor-General

On 8 March 2011, Prime Minister John Key announced the recommendation of Mateparae as the next Governor-General of New Zealand. The Queen of New Zealand made the appointment later that day. On 31 August 2011 he was sworn in as the Governor-General for a five-year term.

On 20 May 2011, Mateparae was appointed an Additional Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit and as an Additional Companion of the Queen's Service Order.

On 14 November 2012 he hosted a party for the 64th birthday of Charles, Prince of Wales who was visiting New Zealand, and for 64 New Zealanders, all of whom shared the same birthday of 14 November. In April 2013 Sir Jerry travelled to Afghanistan to mark the end of New Zealand Defence Force's deployment there.

In June 2014, he attended the 70th anniversary commemorations of D Day in Normandy with the Queen, other heads of government and world leaders, taking a number of New Zealand veterans with him.

High Commissioner to the United Kingdom

On 16 December 2016, it was announced that Mateparae would be New Zealand's next high commissioner to the United Kingdom, replacing Sir Lockwood Smith in early 2017.

Medals and awards

Murray Brennan GNZM investiture (Mateparae cropped)
Mateparae wearing his medals
New Zealand Order of Merit ribbon.png Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2011)
Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (1999)
QueenServiceRibbon.png Companion of the Queen's Service Order (2011)
Order of St John (UK) ribbon.png Knight of Justice of the Order of St John (2011)
New Zealand Operational Service Medal ribbon.png New Zealand Operational Service Medal
UN Truce Supervision Organisation Medal ribbon.png UNIFIL Medal
NZ GSM 1992 Non-Warlike.svg New Zealand General Service Medal 1992 (Non-Warlike)
NZ East Timor Medal.svg East Timor Medal
NZ GSM Afghan (Primary) Ribbon.png New Zealand General Service Medal 2002 (Afghanistan)
New Zealand Armed Forces Award ribbon.png New Zealand Armed Forces Award with clasp
New Zealand Defence Service Medal ribbon.svg New Zealand Defence Service Medal
Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera) ribbon.png Darjah Utama Bakti Cemerlang (Tentera)
United States Navy Presidential Unit Citation ribbon.svg US Navy and Marine Corps Presidential Unit Citation

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