Wairarapa A&P Newsletter

It's Show Time again! This is now our 141st Annual A&P Show and we have a great line up again this year, there is something for everyone at this years show.

As you will all know we lost a great friend and supporter this year. We will make sure we have a great show this year and I know many of us will miss having Mick Rayner around at the show. He was truly a huge part of Wairarapa A&P Society and we would like to thank Noeline and the Rayner family for sharing Mick with us.

We had a stall at Daffodil Day this year selling produce and raffle tickets for our A&P Show Raffle. Tickets will be on sale at the Show so you won't miss out.
The raffle is the choice of either the Goldpine Greenhouse or the Goldpine Outdoor Furniture. Both of these are great prizes and we would like to thank Goldpine for their continual support.


We also held our Race Derby Night earlier in the year which was a huge success.  It was held in the Tom Bubb lounge and was a night filled with plenty of laughs.  This is definitely an evening you want to make sure you come to next year.

Show News

Unfortunately, due to the Mycoplasma Bovis Virus we have taken MPI's advice and we will not be showing any cattle this year - but it is not all doom and gloom.

We will have an amazing Cattle display from Woolley Manor Moos. They are producers of high quality Highland Cattle and are situated in the tranquil Otaki Forks, the foot hills to the Tararuas. They have brought in fresh bloodlines with great genetics and maintain a herd of around 20 breeding girls. They pride themselves on breeding quiet, docile animals and all their breeding animals are registered in the Royal Affiliated Herd book.

Woolly Manor MoosWoolly Manor Moos


Again this year we have something for everyone.

We have Enchanted Entertainment returning again this year with new characters for the little ones, we will have Rapunzel, Moana, Spiderman, Batman and Elsa just to name a few. They will be holding two 30 minutes show each day and will also be wandering around the show so your little ones can meet up with them.

Enchantment Entertainment

Tui Teka Better Horsemanship

Tui has performed at Horse of the Year Extravaganza Night and is also the winner of Equitana's The Way of the Horse Challenge which is a challenge to break in a wild horse within four days. His passion and commitment to understanding horses comes through when you see the connection he has with his stallion Kingston. Under the gentle command of Tui - Kingston performs and listens to Tui's every instruction. It is definitely a show you do not want to miss.

Tui will be performing twice a day on both Saturday and Sunday.

Tui Teka

This year we are also having a Pet Dog Section on Sunday at 10.30am in the entertainment area on the Southern side of the Hockey Field - bring the family dog/working dog along and enter in the fun. There is a fancy dress section for the kids and their dogs so time to get creative. Dogs must be on leashes and under control at all times. This event is open to everyone of all ages.


The iconic Goldpine Pet Corner will be up and operating, there will be a large array of animals on display to please everyone.

Strongman Competition

This year we will be hosting the Strong Man/Strong Women Competition.
In this section they run the Max Log Lift, Yoke Walk, Max Deadlift and Pillar of Hercules.

Strongman CompetitionStrongman Competition

We will also be having a tug-of-war between the Strongmen and our locals - Taungatara Clydesdales. Come along and support this event, it will be great entertainment!

Taungatara Clydesdales

We have ordered fine weather again for this years show, the food court will have all your favourite foods again and the bar will be open so you can cool off with a nice cold drink at the same time.

Home Industry Section

This year we have a new sponsor onboard for the Home Industry Section - Steve Chapman from Ray White Real Estate had kindly come onboard to sponsor this section this year. Steve is one of the top real estate people in South Wairarapa and is proud to be supporting this years show.

Steve Chapman Steve Chapman

This year in our Home Industry section we also have a Wine Maker and Beer Brewers section so if you know anyone who is proud of their home brew tell them to come along and compete. Don't forget the children's cooking section - time to get the children or grand children into the kitchen and start cooking.


Some examples of what you can enter:
Cooking Section, Preserves, Needlework, Craft and Woollens, Spinning, Weaving and Felting, Photography Section, Garden Section, Woodcraft.

Home Industry


This year we are also having discussion/topic groups. This will be held in the Stadium at the Northern end and there will be several topics each day.
We have Hella Coenen coming to talk to us about Kombucha brew and it's benefits to your wellbeing, and also pickling vegetables.

We then have a discussion on our home security - is your home protected, do you know it's weak points and what can you do about it. This will be an interesting topic I am sure we can all learn something from.

There will also be a discussion on 'is your property suitable for beehives' and what is involved etc in having them on your property.

Equestrian events start on Friday 9.00am and run through until late Sunday afternoon. Show jumping is on each day, flat classes are on Saturday Sunday, Pleasure Pony & Pleasure Horse are on Sunday, Miniatures and Clydesdales are on Sunday. If you would like to look at the Schedule this is also on our website.

Our traditional sheep section and pig section will be happening, don't forget the Prime Lamb section - hope everyone is fattening up those lambs.

We will also have some of the Valais Blacknose Sheep on display for part of the show. This is a new breed to New Zealand and they are getting a lot of interest. Super cute and I wouldn't mind some in my paddock!

Valais Black Nose Sheep

Also Pet Lamb is on Sunday at 11.30 in the Pavilion, this is one of my favourite events. Its great seeing how proud the children are of their lambs and how well they have looked after them.

Sheep Shearing

Sheep Shearing is happening again this year and the competition looks very competitive. This is always a great section to watch as its fast and exciting. This will run both days. There is a fine art to this trade and it is one that needs to be respected. It is not just sheep shearing but also the wool handling side of this section which makes it so exciting to watch, it is both physically and mentally demanding on all competitors.

The link below will take you to all of our Schedules if you want to enter any of them - there is plenty to see and do.



Kuranui College


We are also very proud this year to have students from our local Kuranui College at the show to entertain you with their Kapa Haka, Drama and Bands, this will be held on both Saturday and Sunday near the foodcourt area. They will also have a "Tech Savvy" stand in the Stadium both days from 12.00 till 3.00. This is where you can bring your phone, ipad or laptop and these super Tech Savvy teenagers can help you set up facebook, help you with emails or show you how to add contacts or send emails on your phone - very useful!!!
Their art students will be face painting at the show and will be ready to paint those beautiful little faces. The Kuranui Students will be at the gates and on the grounds to help with any questions or if you need directions etc.

FacepaintingTech help


If you would like to lend a hand or help out prior to the show for set up or help on the day please give me (Catherine) a call at the office - 06 3798124
'Many hands make light work!'


Another date to put in your diary for next year is the 6th of April 2019 - this is when we will be holding our annual Lifestyle Auction. It is a great day with coffee and food on hand, plenty of bargains and also great opportunity for you to get rid of all those items you don't need any more!


Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Back to News Blog