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Impressive two-day show celebrates nature’s beauty


Re: The Poverty Bay Horticultural Society Summer Show, November 7-8.

On arrival to te Tairawhiti via Makaraka along Gladstone Road we were greeted by muted tones of yellows, creams, pinks and a wonderful show of standard white roses reminiscent of bridal bouquets, framed by colonial architecture and manicured lawns.

This reflected the pride and commitment of residents as they demonstrate their appreciation of environs. As we meandered through the quadrants of streets it was evident a fusion of cultural practices in the arts were on exhibit, dressing the walls, lining the main drag, protruding from the hillside as sentient of the port, and expressing historical epistemologies on the walk and cycle ways.

The fragrant scent of the roses drew us near the enormity of the Showgrounds Park Event Centre. Poverty Bay Horticultural Society incumbent president Rene Babbington made her inaugural opening speech to welcome guests, judges and friends who had generously given of their time, talent, resources and a splendid array of rose and iris specimens alongside floral art displays in a range of themes, and floral Christmas boxes made by children.

I was in awe of the energy, the commitment, the pride and presentation of exhibits set in their cordoned sections for judging, prepared mostly by an experienced, mature group of women and gentlemen.

I urge the budding generation to get involved and work alongside the flowered participants, to have an awareness and appreciation of beauty in nature.

Come on Gisborne, get involved. Patronage can be improved vastly to make this two-day event more successful. Thank you to the PD group for providing your muscle and respect to assist in a worthy cause in your community.

I taught in Gisborne 28 years ago as a newly-trained teacher, before returning to the birthplace of my father in the Bay of Islands. I have tried to return and reconnect every couple of years with friends. My highlights always include a sunrise at Makorori, visits to the urupa of loved ones in outlying areas, catching up with creative friends, feasting on local produce and the catch-of-the-day, and admiring the arts of talented people — inhaling the vibrancy of colour and scents of te Tairawhiti, which are uplifting for the soul. Thank you Gisborne.