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08 Oct 2018

Newsletter | Spring 2018 | Tui Flower’s Legacy

Tui Flower’s Legacy

Lucy Tui Hampton Aitken, also known as Tui Flower, was a well-loved icon of the New Zealand culinary scene.

Tui Flower (left) was a well-loved icon of New Zealand's culinary scene.
Tui Flower (left) was a well-loved icon of New Zealand’s culinary scene.

Tui grew up in Matamata before studying and training in Paris at a young age. Throughout the years she did some Le Cordon Bleu courses, was food editor for Woman’s Weekly and authored numerous cookbooks. Tui, however, continued her love of cooking in her Mount Eden home after retiring.

Tui was a long-standing Perpetual Guardian client since 1999. Following her passing in August 2017, Perpetual Guardian is administering her estate in line with her wishes.

As avid collector of antiques, Tui’s amazing inter-generational collection included snuff boxes and bottles, Māori artefacts, 19th century urns, jewellery, artworks, a large number of walking sticks, furniture, Chinese and Japanese collectables – and so much more. One walking stick of interest,for example, was made of wood from the house where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840.

To finalise Tui’s estate according to her wishes, Cordy’s, an Auckland-based auction house, held an estate auction in a two-part series in June and July, which amassed amazing public support. To date, the auction item sales have raised an outstanding value of over $660,000.

As Tui wanted, the proceeds will be invested in the Tui Flower Foundation, which she established in 2003. This foundation is a charitable trust for development and education in household arts like cooking, nutrition, sewing and gardening

The foundation has a board of advisory trustees who were selected for their skills and knowledge in the relevant areas. They will ensure scholarships are awarded to recipients when Tui’s estate is finalised.

It is an enormous privilege to work with our clients and bring their vision to life. By forming close relationships with our clients, we get to be part of many exciting projects like this one. We look forward to carrying Tui’s legacy forward and ensuring her wishes are honoured.

If you’re interested in having a conversation around Charitable Trusts, feel free contact your Client Manager.

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