2020 has been a year I think none of us are going to forget in a hurry. When we were planning our Clareville Classic Horse Show we thought the main obstacle to get through was the drought and ground conditions – we would have never imagined a pandemic would have bought us to a grinding halt. The campground was closed to any new campers, all events and meetings stopped and we did as we were all told – “Stay home/save lives”.

We would like to thank everyone who has paid their subs – this has been hugely appreciated by us here at the A&P during these uncertain times. We do have to look at the future positively though and keep planning ahead. We have some great events coming up for which we are confident we can put contact tracing in place as this is going to be the new normal for us all for some time.

 Wairarapa A&P

What’s coming up you ask!

Get your calendar out and mark the 31st of October down – this is a night you won’t want to miss out on. We are holding a Halloween Hoedown in the Stadium and have the world famous Shenanigans playing. There will be a cash bar, prizes, and mechanical bull. Buses will be operating from Featherston and Masterton to bring you all in and take you home.

Halloween Hoedown
We would like to thank our sponsors of this event https://www.rosiesremovals.co.nz/

And also Ellison Cartage who have sponsored the mechanical bull – guaranteed fun! https://www.ellisoncartage.co.nz/

Please support our Sponsors

Tickets can be purchase through the below link or on our facebook page event

Another great upcoming event we are holding is ‘Wheels on Wairarapa’ - this will be held on the 14th February 2021 (perfect day out for Valentine’s Day!). This event will be Trucks, Cars, Motorbikes, Vintage Machinery, Lawn Mower Racing, Tractors – anything with wheels! There will be live music, a food court and bar area plus entertainment for the kids. If you are part of a motorbike club or car club and would like to get involved in this event please let me know. This event is still in the early stages of planning so if you think you are able to help or have some ideas please do get hold of me.
There will be more about this event and advertising of it closer to the time.

As you will all know by now we have made the hard decision to not hold the A&P show this year. This was not an easy decision to come to but in the end the Committee felt we had to protect our Members, Judges, Officials and Community. The Horse Section will still be going ahead as all entries are made online so we are able to contact trace if required. This will be a closed show so will not be open to the public, again for contact tracing reasons. The Hoedown will be going ahead this weekend though – again we can contact trace this event if needed as it is a ticketed event (so make sure you get your tickets in early!)

Plans are already getting underway for next year’s A&P Show and procedures will be well and truly in place by then if we need to still contact trace, this may mean tickets are to be sold online where possible and systems in place at the gate to ensure we can get peoples’ information and still get them off the road and parked effectively. We will back bigger, better and stronger – Roll on 2021!!

What’s the A&P been up lately?

We purchased a second hand toilet block from Hawkes Bay which is now onsite in the far end of the campground. Having this on site means we can increase the size of the campground as needed. We have also purchased a building which will be used as a common room for the far end of the campgrounds – this will have a laundry, kitchenette and seating area in it. The campground is a great asset for the A&P and is a section of the grounds we want to develop in the future. Our past Patron Mick Rayner was kind enough to leave the A&P Society a donation which is going to be used revamping this section of the A&P Showgrounds – we would like to thank Mick and his family for this. Mick is greatly missed here at the grounds and it will be nice to see this section of the grounds revamped in his is memory.

We have also spent time redoing a lot of the water pipes through to the horse yards and State Highway 2 paddock. This means when there are events on there is a reliable water supply throughout the eastern side of the grounds.

The gates at Gate 2 of the grounds have all been sandblasted and painted so look nice and smart – next project will get Gate 1.

Lifestyle Auction

We had this planned for the 6th of September but have postponed it for now – we do intend to reschedule this as soon as we have a new date so keep cleaning out those cupboards, shed and barns!


We are always looking for volunteers to help out around the place, sell raffle tickets, help set up for events, put posters up around the place etc. If you want to put your hand up, stop in for a coffee at the office and I am sure we can find you a job – remember more hands make light work.


Another great fundraiser we have been doing lately (until we were put back to level 2) is our wood raffles. This is a great fundraiser for the Society and thank you to everyone who helps sell and buys our raffle tickets. When you see us at New World again stop and say “HI”. We have a great bunch of volunteers who help us on a regular basis and would love to see a friendly face.


Carterton was founded in 1857 (originally known as Three Mile Bush). According to the 2018 census our population is 9198 which I am sure has grown well and truly since then. Carterton is growing and thriving at a great speed – new subdivisions going in, houses selling in record time and prices. Every trade person I speak to is flat out and BNB’s are booked out most weekends. What does this say – Carterton is a great place to live in and people want to either live here or visit. One thing I do love about Carterton is that when someone asks if you need a hand with something they really to mean they want to help you. Carterton has a great community feel about it and people are proud to live here. Get to know your neighbours and people nearby, it’s good to catch up for a regular coffee/wine or beer.

What happens at the grounds – here are a couple of our groups.

We are fortunate to have the local Carterton MenzShed located at the Wairarapa A&P Showgrounds. This is a group of individuals who have a huge skill set between them all, their premises is a hive of activity and there is always some new amazing item being created on site. The clever MenzShed members made the A&P some horse jumps several months back which are a great asset to our Show hunter ring. So if you don’t have a MenzShed at home come join this one – and it’s not only for men, women are members too. They are open Tuesday and Thursday 9am – 1pm.


Wairarapa Dog Training - https://wairarapadogtraining.co.nz/

Domestic Dog training is held over 4 terms a year at the A&P Show Grounds through gate 1 (in front of the pavilion). Courses vary from 6 to 8 weeks depending on the time of year. Domestic classes are held on a Tuesday evening and Agility on a Monday evening. If you are having trouble with your dog’s training this is the place to come and get some friendly help. Check out their website above for more information and contact details.


Now a little plug for a couple of our local business.

Our local coffee angle – Paws for a Break
Roseanne is now set up from 6.30am at 200 High Street South. Roseanne always supports the A&P and is our on call coffee lady! Not only do you get a coffee you get to have a chat and laugh at the same time.


Sargent Motorcycles
Sargent’s is another local business that always supports the A&P. I was lucky enough to get the guided tour through their new premises and I was completely blown away. Kelly and Nathan have thought about everything in the planning of this site, it is so well laid out from the showroom, to the work shop, to the wash bay and to the laundry. If you do get the opportunity to have a look through the place I highly recommend it. They always donate the use of their side by sides for our show and events we hold on the grounds which are invaluable to us considering the 36 hectares we have to cover.

Sargent Motorcycles are now located at 53 High Street South, Carterton

Wairarapa A&P Society Committee as per AGM 2020

President: Melvin Pike
Past President: David Ellison
Vice President: Alan Grant
Jnr Vice President: Tracy Pollard
Treasurer: Robyn McGregor
Secretary: Catherine Lord
Patron: Gordon Collie
Committee: Dale Collie, Bernie Ellison, Tina Goodin, Earl Goodin, Ian Hicks, Isobel Hicks, Gordon Knutson, Alan Wilson, Barbara Wilson, John Swansson, Leonie Wilson, Graeme Quin, Sue Rayner, Shirley Pike, Lance Everleigh, Cindy Cook, Brent Robertson, Lisa Berthold, Alan Gray, Neil Wilton, Adam Giddens.

If you would like to become part of our Committee please let me know by either emailing or phoning the office. We would love to have you on-board.

Well that all folks!
Stay safe and be kind xx

Thats all

Catherine Lord (Secretary)
Email – office@waiaps.org.nz
Phone – 06 3798124

Friday 28th of August 2020

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