NZ landscape architecture company selected for world expo

Palmerston North’s Prorata Landscape Architecture has been selected as one of only 20 exhibitors in the 2013 World Landscape Art Expo in China.

Prorata was selected from an international design competition run by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA) and will exhibit alongside two other kiwi exhibitors: Auckland’s Bespoke Landscape Architecture and Chris Bently.


The Expo has been formally known as the World Horticultural Expo and is one of the largest in the world with a permanent site of more than 7km2.  It will form the heart of a new city development area of Jinzhou which is approx three hours train ride northeast of Beijing.

Owner of Prorata, Dave Charnley, worked with Professor Robert Jahnke from Massey University Maori Visual Arts to whom he gives much credit for his advice and feedback on the design.  Dave has just returned from China to see the current site and to attend the official award ceremony.

The entry is called Aotearoa – Land of the Long White Cloud.

Located as part of the Oceania Garden area within the Expo site, the design interprets the theme of voyaging, physical landform of Aotearoa, and its link to Polynesia, through Maori mythology in a contemporary setting.

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