Story: Governors and governors-general

The king maker

The king maker

By convention, the governor-general is apolitical, so Prime Minister Rob Muldoon’s 1977 appointment of sitting cabinet minister Sir Keith Holyoake to the job without first seeking the leader of the opposition’s views drew criticism. Cartoonist Bob Brockie savagely drew Muldoon as an old queen with his hand up the vice-regal seat.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Bob Brockie

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Gavin McLean, 'Governors and governors-general - Governing Britain’s empire', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 January 2022)

Story by Gavin McLean, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Sep 2016