Movie royalty attend Gov-Gen's inauguration

Movie royalty attend Gov-Gen's inauguration

Dame Patsy Reddy has been sworn in as New Zealand's new Governor-General, taking over from Sir Jerry Mateparae.

The ceremony was held on Parliament's steps in front of hundreds of officials, dignitaries, family members, friends, MPs, and members of the public.

But amongst the monotonous sea of combed hair and hats were four members of Hollywood royalty: James Cameron, Suzy Amis-Cameron, Sir Peter Jackson, and Lady Jackson, Fran Walsh.

"[Dame Patsy and I] were next door neighbours for some time until she moved into Greytown," says Mr Cameron.

"We got to be quite good friends and learned a lot about New Zealand, the Government and the culture from her over the last five years.

"She and Suzy especially have got to be very good friends."

Mrs Amis-Cameron says watching Dame Patsy being sworn in was an emotional moment.

"I got a lump in my throat for sure. We're very proud," she says.

Sir Peter and Lady Jackson have known Dame Patsy for years because of her role as the chairwoman of the Film Commission.

"I'm sure she'll be absolutely fantastic," he says. "She's done fantastic things for the film industry and no doubt she'll bring all those qualities to the wider brief of representing our country.

"We're very, very lucky. Very, very fortunate."