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Flower Power

New Zealand Flowers Week was held between 11–17 November 2019 and included several nationwide activations and leading florists who created installations specific to a theme. The theme for 2019 was The Power of Flowers. Ashburton’s Samantha Rose was one of only five florists chosen to represent at this premier event. We talk to her about this incredible opportunity.

What did it mean to be a featured florist? It was such an honour to have been recognised in this way, and was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be able to create something of this magnitude. I was approached by United Flower Growers to get involved and am so proud, and pleased that I did.

How did you interpret your theme of Love? I chose to create a romantic proposal scene. I was very happy to have been given this theme as we work on a lot of weddings in Canterbury and it gave me the opportunity to think outside the square. 

What process did you go through to create your masterpiece? The bath was my first focus and I knew I wanted the model to be in a bath of petals, then the proposal idea came about and the concept grew from there. The colour scheme, I didn’t have to think too hard about as I wanted it to be feminine in reds, pinks, burgundy, lilac. Having this plan in mind made it a lot easier once I was in Auckland as I could get straight into making. I just focused on certain areas one at a time.

What challenges did you encounter? Choosing flowers to fulfil my vision that were in season and available in Auckland! I had to change up a couple of options on the spot. For example, I was expecting dried pink hydrangeas and when I got to Auckland they had lost their colour and were a dried brown. To get around this I spray-painted them burgundy and they turned out amazing!

Building with a difference


A recently constructed home was custom-designed and sited to frame the magnificent views of the Queenstown Lakes landscape. The look and feeling of warmth is created by the clear-span timber portal frame with its steel brackets – a feature of the Timbercore system.

The locally-grown sustainable timber is New Zealand-manufactured into the laminated product used by Timbercore. The structurally engineered portal frames are strong, aesthetically pleasing and can clear-span from 9 to 90 metres.

Timbercore is owned by Tony Boyce of Tony Boyce Builders, who construct the portals in their factory in Washdyke, Timaru. They provide construction services from lock-up stage to full build anywhere in the Canterbury and Otago regions.

Gumboot Lovers Rejoice!

Red Bandals

You can now kick off your trusty Red Band gumboots and slip on a pair of Red Bandals. Made from high-quality rubber with a thicker top strap, these super comfy jandals will become your summer favourite in no time. Built for the Kiwi lifestyle, they are strong and durable  – the best thing to wear when you’re not wearing Red Bands! Available in adult, children and junior sizes from leading rural retailers and selected hardware retailers.

Ko Waihi te Kura Haka

Sometimes Waihi Headmaster Allan Short receives outrageously hilarious letters from his students. But in June 2017 one landed on his desk that made him pause, a moment he says was one of those ‘gorgeous moments you get in your job’. Will Goldsbury (Ngāti Whare affiliated) and Matai Sheed (Ngāti Tūwharetoa descendant) then just 11 and 10 years old, had written to their headmaster asking for a haka.
As Allan says, ‘you want to grow boys who feel it’s OK to have a voice’, but this idea was big, one that needed tangata whenua guidance on appropriate tikanga. ‘It was important we gave the haka the mana it deserves,’ says Allan.

Meetings with Will, Matai and their whānau followed, with Bianca Sheed consulting local iwi from Te Rūnanga o Arowhenua and the school community. Finally, she approached whānau friend and esteemed kaumatua, Ruawhitu Pokaia, to compose the haka. Many rugby fans will already be familiar with his work, having composed the Crusaders haka.

The result is one that Allan describes as ‘incredibly humbling and moving’, one that he says is relevant to Waihi in the deepest sense. Encompassing the physicality of the land, the Waihi River and the values of the school, the haka is an inspiring and powerful fusion of Māori and Pākehā worlds.

Somewhat fittingly, the haka was first performed in November 2019 to honour the late Peter Prosser, headmaster of Waihi School 1970–1993, and was led by Matai, Waihi’s Head Boy for 2019.

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Words Pip Goldsbury
Photo Annie Studholme