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Patron announced for QEII National Trust

16 January 2017

Media release

Patron announced for QEII National Trust

The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is pleased to announce that Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy has accepted its invitation to become Patron.

National Trust CEO Mike Jebson said the National Trust is honoured to have the Governor-General’s patronage.

‘Her Excellency considers conservation and sustainable practices to be of great importance to New Zealand.

‘Her sponsorship is a wonderful endorsement of the efforts the National Trust and its members do in this field of work for the benefit of all New Zealanders,’ Mr Jebson said.

The QEII National Trust was privileged to have Dame Patsy Reddy attend in an official capacity its event in November last year at Waiau in North Canterbury, launching New Zealand’s contribution to the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project.

The pan-Commonwealth project was established in 2015 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s long reign and dedication to the Commonwealth and aims to set up forest conservation programmes throughout the Commonwealth. To support the initiative here the New Zealand Government allocated $1 million over 3 years to the QEII National Trust to support the establishment of more forest covenants on private land.

The launch event celebrated the first covenant to be registered using this fund.

Footage shot on the day, which included interview with the Governor-General, was selected to feature in a highlights film viewed by the Queen and special guests at a Buckingham Palace event showcasing progress with QCC.

The National Trust was established in 1977 and named in recognition of the 25th jubilee of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in the same year. It celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The National Trust works in partnership with landowners to protect in perpetuity significant natural and cultural features on their land with open space covenants. It operates as a perpetual trustee to ensure the terms and conditions of covenants agreements are honoured forever.

Landowners throughout the country have voluntarily established over 4,200 open space covenants that together protect around 165,000 hectares of special features on their land, including some of our most threatened ecosystems and native plants and animals.

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