The story of The Rose of Tralee

The Rose of Tralee


David issuing instructions outside The Dowse Gallery

Ailbhe, Erin, Katie, Kathleen outside The Dowse Gallery

Louise, Anna, Tegan, Hannah outside The Dowse Gallery

David arranging the photo outside The Dowse Gallery

The Judges and Roses outside The Dowse Gallery

David in action outside The Dowse Gallery

Kathleen Payne (Gisborne), Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley), Hannah Crowley (Taranaki), Louise Thomas (Invercargill) receiving makeup tips at Clinique, Lower Hutt

Advice & attention time at Clinique in Westfield Queensgate

Advice & attention time at Clinique in Westfield Queensgate

Advice & attention time at Clinique in Westfield Queensgate

Coffee break at Butlers in Westfield Queensgate

Coffee break at Butlers in Westfield Queensgate

Coffee break at Butlers in Westfield Queensgate

Coffee break at Butlers in Westfield Queensgate

Attracting the attention of passersby in Westfield Queensgate

Attracting the attention of passersby in Westfield Queensgate

Tegan and Erin in Westfield Queensgate

Anna in Westfield Queensgate

Erin in Westfield Queensgate

Advice & attention time at Clinique in Westfield Queensgate

Advice & attention time at Clinique in Westfield Queensgate

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley) with her escort at rehearsal for the Selection Ball

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Brief rehearsal for the Grand Entrance at the Ball

Enjoying a sing-along at the Irish Society, Friday evening

Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley) enjoying the entertainment on Friday evening

Enjoying a sing-along at the Irish Society, Friday evening

Enjoying a sing-along at the Irish Society, Friday evening

Enjoying the craic at the Irish Society, Friday evening

Kathleen & Tegan sharing ideas during a discussion at Te Papa's Marae

Hannah sharing ideas during a discussion at Te Papa's Marae

Ailbhe sharing ideas during a discussion at Te Papa's Marae

Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley) at Te Papa

Katie, Anna & Elizabeth at Te Papa's Marae

Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley) speaking on the marae at Te Papa

Katie, Anna & Elizabeth at Te Papa's Marae

Stained glass window at The Marae, Te Papa

The Roses attracted a group of curious school students outside Te Papa

The Roses outside Te Papa with an interested passerby

The Roses outside Te Papa with an interested Irish passerby

Arriving at Mt Victoria

Arriving at Mt Victoria

The Roses on Mt Victoria

The Roses on Mt Victoria

The Roses on Mt Victoria

Ashley and Louisa accompanied the Roses

The Roses on Mt Victoria

David arranging a photo on Mt Victoria

David checking his photo on Mt Victoria

The Roses inspecting the cannon on Mt Victoria

The Roses trying to lift the cannon on Mt Victoria

Ailbhe Ryan (Hutt Valley) with friends

Katie Bennett with friends

The Roses get to sit down for dinner

Ashley MacKenzie-White (event organiser) and her mother

Three future Roses?

Elizabeth Sara, the 2010 New Zealand Rose of Tralee, hands over the 'mantle' to Ailbhe Ryan from Lower Hutt

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee, with the other roses: (left to right)Tegan Smith (Auckland), Kathleen Payne (Gisborne), Hannah Crowley (Taranaki), Anna Rose Mills (Wanganui), Katie Bennett (Manawatu), Erin Saunders (Christchurch), Louise Thomas (Invercargill), Elizabeth Sara (2010 NZ Rose of Tralee)

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee

Ailbhe Ryan, 2011 New Zealand Rose of Tralee

And then the band played on!

And on!