30 Nov 2015

Governor-General recovers from heart surgery

6:35 pm on 30 November 2015

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae is recuperating in hospital after undergoing cardiac surgery this morning.

The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mateparae Governor General of New Zealand  during his speech at the official opening of Parliament in Wellington

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

The valve-replacement surgery was scheduled after a problem with Sir Jerry's heart was discovered during a routine medical check in October.

Sir Jerry will remain in hospital for the next few days and Administrator Dame Sian Elias will take over his constitutional duties until 15 December.

Some events at Government House and elsewhere have been cancelled while he recovers.