|Te Kete Ika: the new dining experience|
Lincoln University officially opened Te Kete Ika – the University’s new food and function centre - on 26 June. On hand to do the honours was the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, the Honourable Steven Joyce. In attendance were over 100 guests from local councils, research centres, the education sector, and private enterprise, alongside students and staff.
The new Te Kete Ika building is of significance in that it represents the first major building project completed on campus since the disruptions caused by the Canterbury earthquakes. In many respects it marks the beginning of the rebuild for Lincoln University, and the beginning of the significant construction work planned for the campus and surrounding area with the upcoming Lincoln Hub project.
The name Te Kete Ika was gifted to Lincoln University by Te Taumutu Rūnanga. The name, Te Kete Ika (and its longer title Te Kete Ika o Rākaihautū – the food/fish basket of the legendary ancestor Rākaihautū), is the traditional Maori name for Lake Ellesmere.