On Friday 11 November, over 140 friends and supporters of the University attended the 2017 Chancellors’ Dinner which was held in the Engineering Core to officially open the new facilities.
The Hon Megan Woods, new Minister of Energy and Resources, Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Research, Science and Innovation, and Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission officiated on behalf of Government, and cut the ribbon to much applause and appreciation.
The engineering theme was carried on throughout the dinner with the racing car, the electric car and the John Britten bike in situ for guests to connect with close up.
Videos of the 2017 UC Council award winners were shown prior to their presentations to give attendees a real feel for the people behind these prestigious medals. Distinguished Professor Geoff Chase received the Research Medal, and Associate Professor Ekant Veer, the Teaching Medal.
Lane Neave, one of New Zealand’s leading law firms was sponsor of the event for the second year, and have committed to the same for next year, testament to the quality and value of this annual event, and to the strength of the partnership between Lane Neave and the University.