Plea to save Kaikohe show
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.
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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.