Governor-General visits Lincoln farm during Canterbury tour

The Governor-General, Dame Patsy Reddy, and Sir David Gascoigne toured several key sites in the Selwyn District last week, Lincoln University says in a press statement today.

They started at Ngāti 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 is quoted as saying 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 Ngāi 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 of its mauri.”

Landcare Research’s website includes a section which deals with Maori values . This explains:

“Everything in the Māori world has a life force, the mauri, and contamination or degradation of natural resources is seen to damage and diminish the life force (te mauri), and affect the well-being of people. Traditional Māori values contain the common Māori belief that all biophysical things and sites, plants, trees, animals and human beings have a certain amount of tapu, mana, and mauri.”

The vice-regal group stopped at several restoration sites before reaching the Lincoln University Ashley Dene Research and Development Station, where presentations were made by several Lincoln academics, including Assistant Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Edwards, Soil Science Professor Keith Cameron, Livestock Production Professor Pablo Gregorini, Tourism Professor David Simmons, and Dr Blair Miller from Lincoln Agritech.

The group spoke about the importance of contributing to better water outcomes while driving innovation in the agriculture, tourism and conservation sectors, with particular reference to environmental protection within managed landscapes.

Lincoln University Vice-Chancellor James McWha said the visit was a great success.

The Governor-General showed a keen interest in the restoration work and in Lincoln research activities, which aim to find solutions for conserving water while improving productivity.

Source: Lincoln University

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