Pleasure Dome


Christchurch City councillors, having bought the Ellerslie flower show, have now paid $480,000 to purchase a 30 m diameter, inflatable dome similar to the large rugby ball tragically on display in London in 2007 after the All Blacks premature ejection from the Rugby World Cup. Some would say it is more shaped like a lemon. 


The dome can hold 525 people and will be first used at the Ellerslie flower show, which, of course, is no longer to be held in Auckland but in Hagley Park, Christchurch. This is a step forward from the Council’s previously aborted Flower Show which was going to be held at Otahuna, which is not even inside the Council’s boundaries. But why didn’t the Council really think big and buy the Chelsea flower show? 


In the words of the mayor the dome “is a very special structure and will be used sparingly.” Perhaps in these frugal times it could be used to house a downsized council staff and save the costs of the shift to the new council building.


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