Saturday, 14 March 2009

Belgium delegation has split today

14 March was the day the delegation had to split. Franky is going back to Belgium. Maria, Sabine and Mark are staying for a holiday on the South Island.

Deputy Governor Gunter Pertry is staying some days in New Zealand before heading for China. He went to Christchurch with Jo Kane for a quick visit in the Canterbury region. They met our Belgian Consul Guy Faes and the Mayor of Christchurch Bob Parker at the inaugural Ellislie flower show in Hagley Park. He visited also Canterbury Museum, the Art centre, the new Art gallery and had a look through the exhibition venue Our City o Tautahi. He also met the CEO of Environment Canterbury (Regional Council) Dr Brian Jenkins and his wife Janet and also the Chairman of the Canterbury Regional Council Sir Kerry Burke and Famiah Lady Burke. It was a short but very interesting visit for the deputy governor in Christchurch.

As you know, the delegation spent the previous day in Featherston (Wairarapa District -, another fantastic day with Mayor Staples leading the delegation through the Heritage Museum ,the railway story and the Anzac hall, also a venue for our exhibition followed by the delegation laying a wreath at the garden of remembrance. Then onto the Alana Estate Winery for a magnificent luncheon. A tasting afterwards and then back to Wellington.
It had been quiet a stormy day in Wellington , so they headed up to Mount Victoria for a 360 scenic view of Wellington and a tour around the rugged bays which because of the stormy seas the delegation insisted on getting up close . They walked over the rocks to watch huge rolling waves pond the rocky shoreline. A very invigorating wild and awesome sight. Late back to the hotel , a quick change and then down town for the last dinner together , which Jo Kane introduced them to Seafood Chowder (soup with fresh fish). Once again good New Zealand food, good wines and of course good company.

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