Christchurch property investor and entrepreneur Antony Gough is among several high-profile names to receive honorary degrees from the University of Canterbury this week.
Gough was given an honorary doctorate in commerce yesterday for his significant contribution to the post-quake development of Christchurch's central city.
Best known for creating The Strip along the Avon River, Gough has continued to support the city during its rebuild.
Gough graduated from Canterbury in 1970 with a bachelor of science. He said the university gave him "totally invaluable" grounding. Being an honorary doctor of the university was "something I never expected".
"I'm absolutely delighted and chuffed. I'm not going to be any different. I'm still Antony Gough and that is really important."
Vincent Ward, whose films were selected for three Cannes festivals, received a fine arts honorary doctorate and has been appointed an adjunct professor.
He is one of New Zealand's most celebrated film-makers and screenwriters. His films began receiving international recognition and critical acclaim before graduating from Canterbury in 1979. Ward said he was "hugely honoured and humbled" to receive the recognition.
Corporate magnate Alan Gibbs is another honorary doctor, for his work in New Zealand's business, economic, political and cultural spheres.
He has devoted the past 15 years to developing and commercialising the world's first high-speed amphibious vehicle technology, for which he is now being recognised with an honorary doctor of engineering degree.
- The Press
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