Governor-General visits Selwyn

by Kent Caddick

The Governor-General, the Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, spent time in the Selwyn district recently with Lincoln University one of the stops on her whirlwind tour.

The Governor-General was accompanied by her husband, Sir David Gascoigne, on the visit and the pair toured several key sites in Selwyn. They started at Ngati Moki Marae at Taumutu and finished at Lincoln University’s Ashley Dene Research and Development Station.

Former Lincoln University chancellor and current Environment Canterbury councillor, Tom Lambie, said the visit represented an excellent opportunity to showcase all the good work happening on the ground around the lake, and research activity at the university.  

“Their Excellencies saw Te Waihora first-hand and the work being done to restore the mauri of the lake,” Mr Lambie said. “There was a presentation by one of the Ngai Tahu co-Governors, Liz Brown, who gave an overview of Te Waihora and the catchment in terms of the vision for the lake and plans for restoration.”

Lincoln University vice-chancellor, James McWha, said the Governor-General showed a keen interest in the university’s research activities, which aim to find solutions for conserving water while improving productivity.