Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Blooming roses draw hundreds

Blooming roses draw hundreds

A love of roses, live entertainment and a fantastic venue drew more than 500 people to Rose Sunday at the weekend [November 12].

The roses turned it on with the more than 5500 bushes blooming for the day. It was the 50th anniversary of the rose gardens and it is intended that the event, which used to be held annually, will once again be held every year, in November.

Rose Sunday was organised by the Hastings Rose Society and Hastings District Council. The crowd lapped up the live music and the children fell in love with the ponies giving pony rides; there was face painting, big bubbles and blue blocks to play with, and, of course, the roses to admire.

Hastings acting mayor Sandra Hazlehurst unveiled a plaque acknowledging the donation of a pavilion in park, made by the rose society and the Lattey family.

Rose society president Cheryl Lattey said the afternoon was an outstanding success despite the weather being cooler than normal for the time of year. “Our society is very proud of the rose gardens that have been a major part of Frimley Park and Hastings for 50 years. Seeing the joy of visitors’ faces is a real pleasure and we are already looking forward to next year’s celebration.”

The 47 acres for the park was donated in the 1950s by Elsie, Arnold and Heathcote Williams, the three children of James and Mary Margaret Williams, in memory of their parents. The family owned a 3000-acre station they named ‘Frimley’ after a village in Surrey, England.

As part of the development of the park, the Hastings Rose Society took charge of developing a comprehensive rose garden from 1965. Half the proposed number of rose bushes, 20 of each cultivar, were planted in the first year, with the same number planted over the following two years. Those 4000 bushes across 300 varieties have now grown to more than 5500.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election