Founded in 1931, the society is made up of district rose societies working at a local level to ‘To implant the rose in the hearts and gardens of the people’ which is the motto of the New Zealand Rose Society.
District rose societies hold meetings, organise rose shows and pruning demonstrations, publish newsletters and arrange garden visits.
National Conventions and shows are also organised where rosarians meet, learn from each other and show their best blooms. Rose societies also compete against one another in groups for Rose Ranfurly Shields.
At a national level, the New Zealand Rose Society provides several publications to its members – the cultural handbook, the New Zealand Rose Review and the New Zealand Rose Annual. It also operates the New Zealand International Rose Trial Grounds at Palmerston North in partnership with the Palmerston North City Council.
The New Zealand Rose Society is a founding member of the World Federation of Rose Societies(WFRS), an international organisation representing 39 national rose societies worldwide. In 1971, the society hosted the first World Rose Convention in Hamilton and also hosted the 10th in Christchurch in 1994. It has also hosted a regional convention in Auckland in 2004 and in Palmerston North in 2013.
Office Bearers 2017 – 2018.
- Patron – Mrs Lois Tabb
- President Emeritus – Mr Glyn Saunders
- President – Mr Doug Grant
- Immediate Past President – Mrs Eileen Wilcox
- Vice Presidents – Mrs Janet Pike and Mr Hayden Foulds
- Council – Mrs Rachael Chalmers, Mrs Daphne Rissman, Mrs Bev Fletcher, Mr Adrian Bullen
- Secretary/Treasurer – Mrs Heather MacDonell
- Rose Annual Editor – Mrs Rachael Chalmers
- Webmaster/Rose Review Editor – Mr Hayden Foulds