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.