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Hayward College celebrates 25 years with rosy attitude

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 2:37pm

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Planting the new Hayward College rose outside Hayward College were (front to back) the Chairperson of the Hayward Council Fellows Professor Janine Hayward, former Chairperson Jeanette Leigh and the Head of Hayward College Pauline Donovan. Photos: Sharron Bennett.

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Up close – the tag showing the vibrancy of the new Hayward College rose.

Hayward College celebrated its 25th anniversary on Friday with a ceremonial planting of a specially commissioned “Hayward College” rose.

University and Hayward College staff gathered for a morning tea at the College, and heard Head of College Pauline Donovan give a welcoming speech and explanation of Hayward’s history.

The College was originally the site of the Queen Mary Maternity Hospital, and was named after brother and sister Jock and Vera Hayward for their contributions to the hospital board in health and education. The current Chairperson of the Hayward College Fellows (formerly the Hayward College Council), Professor Janine Hayward, is the granddaughter of Jock Hayward, and Ms Donovan spoke of her pride in continuing the family connection through 25 years.

The idea behind commissioning a 25th anniversary rose came from a conversation with Professor Hayward about the St Margaret’s rose in November 2015. They reached out to Tauranga rose breeder Rob Somerfield and he was on board.

Because the process to breed a rose can easily take 10 years, Ms Donovan and Professor Hayward were very lucky Mr Somerfield had an un-named breed of rose he felt would be perfect for the college.

The Hayward College rose is described as a “blood red, old-fashioned style bloom with a great vase life” and is now available for sale from Tasman Bay Roses and Nichols Garden Centres in Dunedin, Invercargill and Cromwell.

"I’m very pleased to have a rose named Hayward College."

“I’m very pleased to have a rose named Hayward College,” Ms Donovan says.

Eleven rose bushes were planted in the garden outside the college by Professor Hayward, Ms Donovan, and previous Chairperson of Hayward College Council Jeanette Leigh.

The deputy head of the University of Oago's Hayward College, Luke Lovegrove, designed a rose pin to celebrate the occasion, which was given to attendees at Friday’s morning tea.

Ms Donovan gave warm thanks to key people for their hard work and dedication towards Hayward College and the 25th anniversary celebration.

“Their continued support and enthusiasm for all things Hayward make such a difference.”

Winners of the Hayward Prize, established in 2015 by the Brown and Hayward families and awarded annually to outstanding students of the College, will now also be gifted a rose pin and a Hayward College rose bush.