Government House, Wellington
Government House, from the front lawn, in 2011.
|Town or city||Wellington|
|Floor area||4,200 square metres (45,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
|Architect||Claude Paton in the office of John Campbell, Government Architect|
Located at 1 Rugby Street at the southern end of the Basin Reserve, it counts amongst its neighbours a hospital (Wellington Hospital) and a high school (Wellington College). There are eight guest suites, a self-contained apartment for the Governor-General and his/her spouse and family, as well as a ballroom, conservatory, sitting rooms, service rooms and kitchens and a wing of offices, all of which are tended to by about 30 staff. The grounds, which have been endorsed as a "garden of National Significance" covers some 12ha and includes a police guardhouse at the main gate. Other outdoor facilities include a tennis court, and pavilion, swimming pool, bomb-shelter, squash court, and five external cottages.
The main Rugby Street entrance has a guard house and a large flag-pole, from which the Flag of New Zealand flies. When the Governor-General is in the residence his flag flies from the flagpole on the top of Government House.
The upkeep of the house is the responsibility of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. As such, supply and maintenance for the Governor-General's office falls within Prime Minister's department.
Government House was designed by Claude Paton in the office of John Campbell, Government Architect. Built between 1908 and 1910, the house's grounds total 12 ha, and the house is 4200 m2.
Refurbishment and centenary
The House closed in October 2008 for a major $44 million conservation and rebuilding project and was reopened in March 2011. During the refurbishment the Governor General lived at Vogel House in Lower Hutt while in Wellington.
In 2010, the House celebrated its 100th anniversary.
- McLean, Gavin (October 2006), The Governors, New Zealand Governors and Governors-General, Otago University Press, p. 281
- Michelle Duff (28 March 2011). "Government Houses $44m facelift". Retrieved 18 April 2011.
- "Conservation Project Rationale". Governor-General of New Zealand. Retrieved 1 April 2010.
- "Government House Centenary". Government House. 2 October 2010.
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