THE LODER CUP
A UNIQUE AWARD
"PRESENTATION TO LORD BLEDISLOE
INTEREST IN NATIVE FLORA
A unique ceremony tok place at Government House today—the presentation of the Loder Cup to-his Excellency the Governor-General (Lord Bl'edisloe). The presentation was made by the Hon. C. E. Macmillan, Minister of Agriculture, who is chairman of the Loder Cup Committee. The certificate accompanying the cup is as follows: —"Loder Cup. Offered to lovers of Nature in New Zealand to encourage the protection and cultivation of the incomparable flora of the Dominion. Awarded for the year 1934 to his Excellency Lord Bledisloe, D.Sc, P.C., G.C.M.G., K.8.E., in recognition of his distinguished advocacy of the merits of the indigenous flora, and his services to New Zealand horticulture and forestry. For the Loder Cup Committee, Charles E. Macmillan, Minister of Agriculture, Wellington, New Zealand, December, 1934." There were also present at the ceremony Messrs. A. Leigh Hunt, A. H. Cockayne, F. R. Callaghan, and Mrs. Knox Gilmer (representing Loder Cup Committee and Forestry League), Miss Gow, representing New Zealand Native Bird Protection Society, Mr. E. C. Jack (New Zealand Forestry League); and the following members of the New Zealand Institute of Horticulture: Messrs. J. G. MacKenzie, F. S. Pope, W. T. Goodwin, W. C. Hyde, and G. S. Nicoll. The visitors were welcomed by their Excellencies Lord and Lady Bledisloe. Mr. A. Leigh Hunt said he had been deputed to speak on behalf of those present, who had attended Government House for the special purpose of thanking his Excellency for his able advocacy of the preservation of our forests and indigenous wild life, which advocacy had greatly helped the societies specially interested in the care and, perpetuation of our native bush. Mr. Hunt referred to the eloquent addresses delivered by Lord Bledisloe, particularly that given at the last annual "meeting of the New Zealand Forestry League and that on Arbor Day to the boys of Wellington College. With his Excellency's kind permission, the Forestry League had reprinted and was distributing thousands of copies, which members felt confident would be read with the keenest interest and profit. Those two pamphlets would form a permanent part in the national literature of New Zealand. LORD BLEDISLOE'S REPLY. "I find it peculiarly difficult to express my appreciation of, your attendance here this morning, and for the kind and generous thought which promoted this gathering," said his Excellency. "Quite honestly, I did not imagine until the last few weeks that we had, during our very happy sojourn amongst you, done anything more than our bare duty, and indeed we find it a little bit difficult to convince ourselves that we have deserved the generous measure of affection and laudation, of which we have had many evidences and illustrations during the last few days. "I regard the awarding of this Loder Cup, coupled with the warm endorsement which the award has received not only from your societies represented here, but apparently from the general public, as perhaps the most gratifying of all the experiences which we have had in this ■ beautiful Dominion." Lord Bledisloe said he did not for one moment imagine that Mr. Gerald W. E. Loder (now Lord Wakehurst) had in his mind the bare possibility of the- cup ever being awarded to a temporary resident in New Zealand like the GovernorGeneral. The native flora had possessed great attraction for him during his sojourn in this country. In the first three years of his GovernorGeneralship it was a source of regret to him that such a small portion of the inhabitants of this country seemed to realise what an incomparable asset they possessed in the native bush. Lord Bledisloe concluded by saying that her Excellency and himself deeply appreciated the kind and generous words which had been expressed in regard to their services.
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