Christchurch's Ellerslie Flower Show canned

Last updated 13:34 09/06/2014
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Randall Walker

NO MORE: This year's Ellerslie Flower Show lost a record $516,000 despite a visitor satisfaction rate of 94 per cent.

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Next year's Ellerslie International Flower Show has been canned.

The Christchurch City Council has today confirmed the loss-making event will not proceed next year.

However a garden show of some kind may be held in the city in 2016.

The council bought Ellerslie in 2007 for $3 million but the show has only made a profit once - in 2009 - since moving to Christchurch.

This year's event lost a record $516,000 despite a visitor satisfaction rate of 94 per cent.

In total the Christchurch shows have operated at a loss of $706,000 over the past five years.

In a statement released this afternoon, the council said its management contract with Flower Show Management Ltd would not be renewed.

The council would pay management fees owed to May 31, 2014, but no other compensation or early termination fees were payable.

Cr Tim Scandrett, which headed the subcommittee set up to decide the future of Ellerslie, said while the event brought many benefits to Christchurch, the council was not currently in a position to sustain it.

''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. However, the council has a responsibility to ratepayers to be prudent with spending, so we need to work through how a gardening show can be made financially viable," he said.

''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."

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