Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Royal Opening of Christchurch Botanic GardensCentre

Royals to open the new Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre


The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will today formally open the new Christchurch Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre by cutting a floral rope.

Designed along the lines of a giant glasshouse, the new $16.4 million building will combine a working nursery with a permanent exhibition telling the story of Christchurch through plants and gardens. It also has a gift shop, café (opening in May), function centre, and a botanical research herbarium and library.

The opening by the Royal couple will take place at 12.30pm.

Mayor Lianne Dalziel says the Botanic Gardens, which attract more than a million visitors annually and last year celebrated its 150th anniversary, holds a special place in the hearts of Christchurch people.

“Amid the destruction left by the earthquakes the Botanic Gardens provided us with a place of peace and beauty to relax in.

“The Duke of Cambridge visited us in the aftermath of February 2011 to offer us his support. It is wonderful to welcome him back with the Duchess of Cambridge to celebrate the opening of the Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, one of the first new Christchurch City Council facilities completed since the earthquakes.”

“This bright airy building is a far cry from the original staff building that stood on this site – it had separate staff rooms for men and women and chicken wire was put over the chimney to keep the possums out.”

At 4pm the Mayor will host 180 invited guests to formally hand over the visitor centre to the city and she will receive a botanical painting by eminent local botanist Hugh Wilson to be hung in the new building.

The building will be open to the public on Tuesday 15 April from 8.30am.

- ends -

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: The PM’s Hair-Pulling Power Trip

There have been striking differences between (a) the account of the waitress involved in the hair-pulling incidents, and (b) the account being given by Prime Minister John Key. The version by the waitress is available here and is recommended to anyone yet to read it. By her account, there were multiple instances of hair-pulling and these persisted and persisted long after she had made her annoyance clear to Key – who had also been advised by his wife, and by other café staff that the behavior was evidently not being welcomed. More>>

ALSO:

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: Is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli? Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915. More>>

MORE IN WEREWOLF:

ALSO:

Peter Ellis Case: Minister Declines Request For Commission Of Inquiry

Justice Minister Amy Adams has declined a request from supporters of Peter Ellis for a Commission of Inquiry on the basis that an inquiry cannot be used to determine the liability of any person. More>>

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news