6 Dec 2012

Garden creators visit NZ

7:23 am on 6 December 2012

The co-creators of a Maori garden in north eastern France are visiting New Zealand.

The garden, Te Putake, is inspired by Ngai Tahu culture and traditions and is located at the Moselle Conseil General Fruit Gardens in Laquenexy.

It was created by a team from New Zealand and France. The French team members are visiting Rapaki and Governors Bay this week.

Once finished, Te Putake will feature wood and rock sourced from buildings destroyed in the Canterbury earthquakes, pounamu from the West Coast and a 50,000-year-old kauri stump from Northland.

The garden is to be opened in June next year.