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Governor-General visits Girlguiding’s national event

Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy with Madeline Arps and Jessica Hawken.

Press Release – Girl Guiding
GirlGuiding New Zealand patron and Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy visited the national Guiding event for Rangers in Masterton today.

The visit came two days into the Flight 2018 event which saw Rangers from throughout New Zealand and overseas arrive in Masterton to take part in the action-packed camp.

While on site at Rathkeale College, Dame Patsy chatted with Rangers as they took part in activities including STEM projects, raft-building and advocacy projects around consent.

“It was really great to meet Dame Patsy and be able to talk to her about our leadership opportunities and what we have planned for our advocacy initiatives this year. She seemed pretty impressed.”, says Madeline Arps, one of GirlGuiding New Zealand’s Ranger Advocacy Panel members.

Jessica Hawken, a member of GirlGuiding New Zealand’s Girl Advisory and Participation Group said, “I really enjoyed the opportunity to show Dame Patsy Reddy around Flight2018. During the tour I explained my role on the Girl Participation and Advisory Group, this is a group of Rangers who advise the Board on various issues including the strategic direction of Guiding”.

Dame Patsy is well regarded for her stance on gender equality and was interested to learn about the Rangers’ advocacy work on gender inequality in 2017.

After three days at Rathkeale College, the 305 girls and 102 volunteers (leaders) will pack up and head out in adventure groups to the Wairarapa, Picton, Wellington, Taupo and Hawke’s Bay before ending their adventure on 12 January in Wellington.

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