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Ngāti Whātua to host NZ flower show on Bastion Point

By Peata Melbourne

Published: 3:30PM Thursday November 26, 2015

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    Orakei Marae on Takaparawha (Bastion Point) - Source: Te Karere

Ngāti Whātua are hosting the inaugural International NZ Flower & Garden Show 2016 on Bastion Point.

It will be the first flower show to be held in Auckland since the Ellerslie Flower Show left for Christchurch in 2008.

Te Aroha Morehu of Ngāti Whātua says it's “a great amalgamation and natural affiliation.”

Not only are the local iwi putting up the site for the prestigious event, but they are putting up their 'mana'.

"Mana is our currency, and inside mana is things like money, but there's other things like integrity and reputation and making a noise,” says Morehu, “so this is just a great way to get our story in to many heads out there."

Multi-award winning designer and international judge Kate Hellier is organising the event.

"It's the perfect venue and you couldn't ask for more, there's going to be a lot of very jealous flower show organisers."

Hellier says nothing is yet confirmed around the 'cultural' element to the show but is looking to utilise the nearby marae, and possibly have a Māori garden area showcasing traditional dance and song as part of the event.

The show will run next year from the November 23-27.