Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Congratulations to Jerry Mataparae on his appointment as our next Governor General. His biography is available for all to see but some facts not generally known.

Jerry is a graduate of the Australian Officer Cadet School at Portsea (on the Mornington Peninsula). At his graduation (December 1976) he scooped the pool picking up the Staff Prize, the Field/Tactics Prize and the NZ CGS Prize much to the chagrin of his Australian classmates. He was the first Portsea graduate to make Lieutenant General in either of our two armies.

I first met him in 1978 when he joined the battalion in Singapore. He was not in my Company but even then it was clear he had a certain inner strength. Jerry is like a good wine. He has matured with age learning all the while. Jerry is softly spoken and listens well. He is very good on a one to one basis.

He has the ability to be one of our great Governor Generals.


Chris B said...

Jerry was adjutant for 5WWCT regiment in Wanganui when I was part or that Battallion in the late 70s. We found him a very decent bloke.

Anonymous said...

He's too good to be a political no-body pawn then?

The Veteran said...

Anon ... then clearly you misunderstand the role of the GG.

Anonymous said...

Yes Veteran, I guess I do. I used to think its a was a position of real integrity and powerful independance that could protect us from Govt excess in the colony but now its just meet and greet, wear a feather cloak etc.... This bloke appears better, much better, than that.

Once we are really independant we won't need a GG at all but legally we sit in the twilight zone.

Murray said...

Missed you by 3 years, we left Singapore in 75.

The party was kind of winding down about then anyway.

adamsmith1922 said...

Was in Singapore 75 to 79, visited the NZ mess a number of times, also watched Goh Keng Swee present new colours to the battalion on the Padang

We may well have met

Anonymous said...

Well noted Veteran - a great day for Portsea grads (and many others)

Stewart 61