Each year we select a Hutt Valley Rose of Tralee to represent us at the National Final.
Each year local Irish societies hold events at which a local Rose is selected to go forward to represent them at the National Final, hosted each year by one of the local societies.
The National Selection event culminates each year with the naming of a New Zealand Rose of Tralee, who, in turn, will travel to the International Festival representing the Irish community in New Zealand. She will be part of an international event with other Roses similarly selected from around the world.
The event is about selecting young women who epitomise the heritage and values of the Irish community in New Zealand.
The Hutt Valley Irish Society has a proud record in the event, having won the National Title in 2002 (Vivienne Lynch), 2005 (Esther Budding), 2006, (Emma Coffey), 2008 (Aislinn Ryan), 2011 (Ailbhe Ryan), 2014 (Lisa Bazalo), and 2016 (Hannah Greally).
You can meet these recent Hutt Valley Roses.
The Rose of Tralee in New Zealand is at http://www.roseoftralee.co.nz
The Rose of Tralee in Ireland is at http://www.roseoftralee.ie