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

 

Civic Honour Awarded For Couple’s Taitua Arboretum Legacy

The immense legacy of environmental champions and philanthropists Bunny and John Mortimer was recognised today (Tuesday 8 December) with the awarding of the Hamilton Kirikiriroa Medal.

The Mortimers founded Taitua Arboretum in 1972 on their property west of Hamilton, and spent years collecting and planting more than 1,500 types of seeds and cuttings from New Zealand, China, America and Australia.

The 20-hectare block was gifted to the city in 1997 to ensure it would be cared for and enjoyed by future generations and was formally opened to the public for visits in 2004.

Bunny (Margaret) was presented her medal today at a ceremony supported by her family. John’s award was made posthumously as he passed away in 2018.

The Hamilton Kirikiriroa Medal, the city’s second-highest civic honour, honours the significant achievement of Hamiltonians who have been highly successful in their chosen field and have raised the profile of the city.

Hamilton Mayor Paula Southgate says Bunny Mortimer and her husband John’s desire to share nature with others long past their own lifetimes will influence the Waikato forever

“Taitua Arboretum will always be the Mortimer’s legacy and part of Hamilton’s history. Today we acknowledged and thanked Bunny and John for their passion and dedication to create a space which will be enjoyed by generations to come,” says Mayor Southgate.

“Our city is incredibly lucky to have selfless people like Bunny and John who have given so much. I feel humbled by their contribution and I know all Hamiltonians are incredibly grateful.”

In 1995 the couple received a Civic Award for services to the environment. In the same year, they each received a Queen’s Service Medal (QSM) for their services to the public.

"It was John's idea to give Taitua to the city," Bunny Mortimer said. "It had the whole-hearted backing of the family and me. This is a huge honour for both of us."

Every year more than 100,000 visitors enjoy Taitua Arboretum’s selection of native, exotic and sometimes rare trees and shrubs, open pasture, lakes, woodland gardens and accompanying bird life.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Demise Of The Tokyo Olympics

As the Covid vaccines roll out around the world, the Tokyo Olympics are looming as a major test of when (and whether) something akin to global normality can return – to international travel, to global tourism, to professional sport and to mass gatherings of human beings. Currently though, it looks like a forlorn hope that Japan will be able to host the Olympics in late July. Herd immunity on any significant scale seems possible only by December 2021, at the earliest... More>>

 

USA: Prime Minister Congratulates President Joe Biden On His Inauguration

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated President Joe Biden on his inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America. “I look forward to building a close relationship with President Biden and working with him on issues that matter ... More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Government: Cook Islanders To Resume Travel To New Zealand

The Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern and the Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown have announced passengers from the Cook Islands can resume quarantine-free travel into New Zealand from 21 January, enabling access to essential services such ... More>>

ALSO:

A New Year: No politicians at Rātana in 2021

Annual celebrations at Rātana pā will be different this year, amid a decision to hold an internal hui for church adherents only… More>>

ALSO:

  • RNZ - Church Defends Decision

  • Survey: Ongoing Work Dissatisfaction

    This year’s CTU work life survey shows the need for a fundamental overhaul of New Zealand’s employment framework says CTU Secretary Melissa Ansell-Bridges. The survey, which was answered by 1200 respondents, shows more than half of respondents reporting their income has not kept up with the cost of living in the last year, 52% stating their workload has got worse over the period, and 42.6% reporting lower job satisfaction.More>>


Government: New Public Housing Plan Announced

RT HON JACINDA ARDERN HON DR MEGAN WOODS The Government has released its Public Housing Plan 2021-2024 which outlines the intention of where 8,000 additional public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020, will go. “The Government ... More>>

Government: Pre-Departure Testing Extended To All Passengers To New Zealand

To further protect New Zealand from COVID-19, the Government is extending pre-departure testing to all passengers to New Zealand except from Australia, Antarctica and most Pacific Islands, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. More>>

ALSO:

Covid: Border Exception for 1000 International Students

The Government has approved an exception class for 1000 international tertiary students, degree level and above, who began their study in New Zealand but were caught offshore when border restrictions began....More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels