Plea to save Kaikohe show

Northern News - - FRONT PAGE - BAY­LEY MOOR

Af­ter 90 years, the Kaikohe A & P Show’s fu­ture is at a crit­i­cal stage, with new com­mit­tee mem­bers des­per­ately needed in or­der for it to con­tinue.

Sec­re­tary Mar­garet Os­borne says many of the cur­rent com­mit­tee mem­bers have been in­volved for 30 to 50 years, with some now mov­ing on due to ill­ness, ad­vanc­ing age or mov­ing out of the area.

The show was first held in 1927 at Lind­vart Park be­fore mov­ing to the show­grounds near Ngawha in 1963, where it has been held ev­ery year since.

Com­mit­tee mem­ber Keith Ineson says if the show doesn’t get more vol­un­teers, ‘‘the show as such will fold’’.

Heather Ineson, whose fam­ily has been associated with the show for four gen­er­a­tions, says the area is in dan­ger of los­ing an in­sti­tu­tion.

‘‘What we need - what all shows need - is peo­ple and ideas and com­mit­tee mem­bers. Run­ning a suc­cess­ful show is al­ways a buzz.’’

While gen­er­ally get­ting help for the show day, held in Jan­uary, is not a prob­lem, com­mit­tee mem­bers who make de­ci­sions, and man­age the show­grounds are needed.

The com­mit­tee meets monthly, with the show hav­ing won sev­eral com­mu­nity awards over the years as a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Peo­ple with farm­ing in­ter­ests are en­cour­aged to get in­volved, with sec­tions in­clud­ing beef, dairy, shear­ing, eques­trian and in­door crafts.

The Kaikohe show­grounds are also used by camper­vans, a lo­cal train­ing group, and other com­mu­nity events.

Royal Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Deb­bie Cameron says ev­ery show, ev­ery year is look­ing for vol­un­teers across the board.

‘‘Some shows might find it eas­ier than oth­ers, and some years can be more dif­fi­cult than oth­ers.

‘‘The more we can get the mes­sage out there about vol­un­teers, the bet­ter. Ev­ery­one loves their A & P show. It might not be un­til they stop that peo­ple come out of the wood­work.’’

❚ A spe­cial gen­eral meet­ing will be held on June 13, at 7.30pm at the Kaikohe Show­grounds to dis­cuss the fu­ture of the Kaikohe A & P Show, with any­one in­ter­ested wel­come to at­tend.

Con­tact 09 401 2400 or email­


Kaikohe show com­mit­tee mem­bers are seek­ing new vol­un­teers in or­der for the show to con­tinue. Dan Dufty and his team of cly­des­dales at a Kaikohe A & P Show thought to be around 1998.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.