Governor-General becomes the 'iGov'
Fri, 07 Sep 2012 6:27p.m.
By Emma Jolliff
The Queen uses a sword, but Governor-General Sir Jerry Mataparae carries something more modern - an iPad.
He tweets, too, and so enthusiastically that he has been dubbed the “iGov”.
Sir Jerry says he prefers to use his iPad over paper when he’s giving speeches because it’s more convenient, and less likely to flutter in the breeze.
“I’m renowned for getting pages mixed up, and then you have to start making it up,” he says.
When he accepted the role he was encouraged to modernise by staff.
“When I arrived staff said, 'Are you comfortable with using this?' And I said, well I’ve never used it before but always happy to give something a go. I used it for my swearing-in speech.”
And he has not yet had any glitches to leave him swearing mid-speech.
“It lights up people's eyes when they see it, and mostly with older people, because there are a lot of older people using technology.”
And it is not just speeches; he also has hundreds of followers on Twitter and Facebook.
“I think it provides a much closer link,” he says.
He keeps an eye on what his counterparts are doing in other countries, but as the Queen's representative he does not get any guidance from the palace. It is just his staff who keep him in check.
“I use texting language, and the staff have said you can't really use that language on Facebook and Twitter.”
So how does he feel about being dubbed the "iGov"?
“The association with the internet and technology, that's pretty cool,” he says.
Which may explain where the “i” in “Mataparae” really comes from.
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16/09/2012 9:17:45 p.m.
bit late catching up, good story, i like working for the iGov.
8/09/2012 8:35:17 a.m.
Vaughan would like the rights of criminals and terrorist put above all others - including those killed by such criminal and terrorists.What you need in any armed forces is for them to follow orders of their government. In NZ we have duely elected government and if we apply blame to anyone, it has to go to those issuing instructions to our military.Is so many released vids of Vaughan friends doing things like chopping off hostages heads on camera, but he wants those murdering scumbbags rights protected more than the victims of the scumbags?Tech helps in almost every enviroment for easier use and added efficency. The gov general is in that way no different, and good on him for being so flexible to try using it. Compare this to the Labour/union reaction to any suggestion of change.
8/09/2012 1:32:21 a.m.
Shut up, Vaughan.
7/09/2012 8:04:08 p.m.
I'd like Jerry to be dubbed iWar Criminal, not iGov. . .
Jerry should be holding a one-way iTicket to the International Criminal Court at The Hague, not prancing around as the Governor-General. What you allowed to happen on your watch was despicable and evil - handing prisoners over to the CIA to be tortured. There's a technical term for such actions Jerry - war crimes.
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