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New Patron for QEII announced

16 January 2017

Media release

Patron announced for QEII National Trust

The Queen Elizabeth II National Trust is pleased to announce that the Governor- General, Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy GNZM QSO, 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 was selected to feature in a highlights film viewed by the Queen and special guests at a Buckingham Palace event showcasing progress with QCC.

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