We hosted the lunch for the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove, and his wife, Lady Cosgrove, and fifteen Australian officials who accompanied Sir Peter, as well as fifteen local residents and officials from Kaikoura. We took this opportunity to introduce these important guests to our local seafood and the locally sourced venison. They loved it. And we had a great time.
Sir Peter was visiting Kaikoura with the attendant Australian officials to thank the town for having looked after all the Australians who were stranded and otherwise affected by the earthquake last November 14, 2016. At the time, the town was landlocked, without power, water and adequate sewage facilities, leaving the many visitors stranded. The Township did its best to look after everyone and it is the effort and graciousness of Kaikourians that the Governor-General came to honour.