Observatory's future looks bright
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean is 'over the moon' that the future of Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo has been secured, with Canterbury University and Earth and Sky signing a renewed 10-year lease.
The development comes after months of uncertainty. All but one member of university staff based at the observatory had retired and the hiring of replacement staff had been put hold by UC, raising concerns about the university's future in Tekapo.
Mrs Dean says the signing of a 10-year lease is fantastic news. "The observatory is a significant asset to Lake Tekapo and the wider district. Not only is it an important teaching and research base but its a world class attraction that draws visitors from around the world.
"Earth and Sky has played a key role in bringing people to Mt John for over a decade. The team are passionate and committed to providing a quality experience and this certainty means they can get on with what they love doing.
"I was also pleased to hear that the partnership between Earth and Sky and the University places a strong emphasis on ensuring the Mackenzie Country environment is cared for. This is a great partnership for Lake Tekapo and the region."