To apply to be a Rose, you need to complete an application form, and meet the following eligibility criteria:
- In the year of entry be 18 years of age by January 1st and will not have reached your 28th birthday on or prior to September 1st
- Be unmarried or never been married.
- Be female, born in Ireland or an Irish citizen or of Irish origin by virtue of one of your ancestors having been born in Ireland.
- If Irish-born, have lived in New Zealand for at least two years and be intending to stay until August of the year following your entry.
- Never have previously won the New Zealand National Final nor represented the same local centre at the NZ National Final.
- Be available for Rose Selection events and if selected be available for the International Festival events.
You may also wish to contact one of the local groups running a Rose event and talk over what's involved.
Please note: if you're in a centre not listed, but want to enter, please complete an entry form anyway, and we'll contact you.