The New Zealand Law Society congratulates Dame Patsy Reddy on her appointment as the next Governor-General of New Zealand, Law Society President Chris Moore says.
"On behalf of the legal profession I welcome the news that she has been appointed to this very important role.
"The constitutional significance of Governor-General means the position must be filled by someone of the highest integrity. We are confident that Dame Patsy is such a person and a worthy successor to Sir Jerry Mateparae who has carried out the role with dignity and in a manner which represents all New Zealanders.
"Dame Patsy began her working life as a lawyer and was the first woman to be appointed partner in her law firm, which is now one of New Zealand's largest.
"She has gone on to achieve many things in the private and public sectors, in governance and consulting roles. However, being one of the first women to move into a leadership role in the legal profession is something to celebrate. The profession is still working to achieve a balance in gender and we are proud that our new Governor-General will have been one of the pioneers."