Wednesday October 11 2017
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History on show in garden tour
By Sophie Cornish
By Sarla Donovan THE GOVERNORS Bay House and Garden Show is back for the first time in 11 years. Homes and gardens large and small make up the 13 on show, including several which have undergone major post-earthquake repairs. The self-guided tour includes recently restored St Cuthbert’s Church – built between 196062, it is one of the oldest stone churches in the country. It was designed by George Mallinson, who was also the architect of the Holy Trinity Church in Lyttelton. Waitahuna, the original Dyer homestead in Governors Bay is also part of the tour, along with one of New Zealand’s finest formal gardens, the internationally significant Ohinetahi owned by Sir Miles Warren. Ohinetahi Homestead was built in 1864 and has been restored after suffering serious damage in the September 4, 2010, earthquake. One of the PTA organising committee members, Felicity Robertson, said it was very generous of the owners to include it in the tour as it is normally $15 to visit.
AN ORIGINAL Team New Zealand shirt from the historic 1995 America’s Cup win is up for auction to raise money for the rebuild of Pleasant Point Yacht Club. It is one of 1000 limited edition shirts with a certificate of authenticity signed by Sir Peter Blake and Sir Russell Coutts who headed the 1995 campaign. The auction is one of many items on the website GalaBid, raising money for the rebuild of Pleasant Point Yacht Club’s clubrooms in South New Brighton Park. The club lost all its facilities in the earthquakes. The auction is now under way until noon on Saturday. Team New Zealand will be hosted by the yacht club at an event on Saturday, where the auctioning of GalaBid items will continue. Other items up for grabs include several seats on a helicopter ride piloted by Richie McCaw to a mystery location, a horse power experience in a dual sulky behind Monkey King, New Zealand’s top harness racer, and a hot laps session at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in a V8 Supercar driven by Greg Murphy.
SIGNIFICANT: Internationally renowned Ohinetahi Gardens is part of the Governors Bay House and Garden Tour. Inset: The historic St Cuthbert’s Church.
“There are many other private homes and gardens that will surprise and delight,” said Ms Robertson. “It’s a fabulous day in Governors Bay. Visitors can meander through gorgeous gardens, discover the hidden secrets behind the trees off the main road and be awed by the ever changing views.”
The price of the tour will help to develop the Governors Bay School playground. Next year, the school buildings are undergoing substantial renovations and the PTA is keen to develop the playground with an orchard area, landscaping and new play equipment. “This is an educational, recreational and social hub of the
Governors Bay community benefiting our students, the wider community and visitors to the area,” Ms Robertson said. The PTA is hoping to sell 500 tickets to the November 26 event. The cost is $40 if purchased by October 15. •For tickets and more information, visit www. governorsbay.school.nz
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