The Ellerslie International Flower Show has been canned for
next year as organisers work out how to make it financially
At an extraordinary council meeting last month, Christchurch
City councillors resolved that a sub-committee be formed to
negotiate with Flower Show Management Limited, the management
company for Ellerslie International Flower Show.
It has since been agreed that the management contract between
the council and Flower Show Management Limited Events will
not be renewed, effective from this Thursday.
The council will pay management fees owed to May 31, this
year, but no other compensation or early termination fees are
Councillor Tim Scandrett said while Ellerslie brings many
benefits to Christchurch, the council is not currently in a
position financially to sustain the show.
"Ellerslie is a fantastic event. It cements Christchurch's
image as the Garden City, boosts local morale and puts our
city on the tourism map," he said.
"However, the council has a responsibility to rate-payers to
be prudent with spending, so we need to work through how a
gardening show can be made financially viable.
"While there will be no show next year, the council will work
with the gardening and events communities to work out what
form a show could take in 2016."
Christchurch City Council bought the rights to the popular
garden showcase from Auckland in 2007 for around $3 million.
It has generated millions for the Canterbury economy since
then, but visitors have criticised its decline, with a lack
It has also been running at a loss - a $325,000 loss last
year alone, with 10,000 fewer visitors than expected.