New Zealand Gov Gen visits Singapore's green spaces

His Excellency New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae(left) touring the Flower Field with Gardens by the Bay CEO Dr Kiat W Tan on Wednesday.  PHOTO: COURTESY OF GARDENS BY THE BAY
His Excellency New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae(left) touring the Flower Field with Gardens by the Bay CEO Dr Kiat W Tan on Wednesday. PHOTO: COURTESY OF GARDENS BY THE BAY

SINGAPORE - On the last day of his three-day state visit to the Garden City on Wednesday, New Zealand Governor-General Jerry Mateparae visited two green spaces - Singapore's first eco-friendly housing project Treelodge@Punggol as well as the iconic Gardens by the Bay.

Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Sir Jerry started his day at Treelodge, where green living is a norm for residents. It hosts several green pilot projects and features, including recycling chutes at every floor, energy-saving lifts as well as solar panels and water catchment areas on the rooftop.

Sir Jerry met some residents, including the Yeo family, and learnt about their recycling and green living habits.

According to HDB, Treelodge residents throw out far less trash than their neighbours in Punggol, and they also recycle far more of their household waste.

Sir Jerry was hosted to lunch by DPM Teo at a seafood restaurant by the water before heading to Gardens by the Bay. He toured the Outdoor Gardens and the two cooled conservatories - the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest.

Sir Jerry was making his first state visit to Singapore at the invitation of President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

On Tuesday, he and his wife, Lady Janine, visited the Singapore Botanic Gardens where an orchid was named after them - the Dendrobium Jerry Janine Mateparae.

Sir Jerry had separate meetings with President Tan and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Istana. Dr Tan hosted a state banquet in his honour in the evening.

During his visit to A*Star's Clinical Research Centre at KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Sir Jerry met research scientists and learnt about a longitudinal study on the impact of mothers' diets and lifestyles during pregnancy on their child's growth and development after birth.

Sir Jerry left for home on Wednesday.

xinen@sph.com.sg