The governor-general of New Zealand is the personal representative of the Head of State, Queen Elizabeth II. The governor-general is appointed to the office by the Queen on the advice of the Prime Minister of New Zealand for a term that usually lasts for five years. The formal title of the position is ‘Governor-General and Commander-in-Chief in and over New Zealand’. The role of governor-general is apolitical and thus, despite having an integral role in the formal processes of government, the governor-general avoids becoming involved in the party politics of government. The office and residence of the governor-general are found at Government House in Wellington.

Governor-General organisations in New Zealand
Office of the Governor General