The Governor-General of New Zealand is the representative of Queen Elizabeth II, who is also the Queen of New Zealand. The position of the Governor-General is similar to that in other Commonwealth countries of which the Queen is also Head of State.
List of Governors, Governors-General and Lieutenant-Governors
1840 - 1841 NZ a dependency of New South Wales
1841 - 1853 NZ a Crown Colony of Britain
1853 - 1907 NZ a Self-Governing Colony
Title: Governor of New Zealand
1907 to present: New Zealand as Dominion
With the title: Governor-General of New Zealand
Sir Arthur Espie Porritt was the last British-born Governor-General. All Governors-General since Sir Denis Blundell have been New Zealand citizens.
Title: Lieutenant-Governor1837 - 1846, and Governor-in-Chief of New Zealand 1839 - 1841)