Kaikoura Star - 104 years of A&P show tradition

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

I always enjoy travelling to the Kaikoura A&P Show and this year will be no different.

One of the most rewarding aspects of attending, for me, is being available for members of the community to drop by my stall and have a chat, ask questions or simply meet their MP.

Many people did just that last year, which I found very enjoyable and useful.

As I have said plenty of times before, the Kaikoura show really is one out of the box. The view over South Bay, with the ranges as a backdrop, make it an absolutely magnificent, unique setting.

I am looking forward to the traditional features of the Kaikoura A&P Show like the horse events, dog trials and the home industries and produce tent - reflections of the show’s grounding 104 years ago.

I also intend to visit the many trade sites and the shearing to give me the chance to meet constituents and learn more about what makes the electorate tick.  

The organisers and volunteers behind the A&P Show must be congratulated for putting together this outstanding event each year, which bring together all the wonderful things that make Kaikoura unique.

It does a fantastic job of showcasing the best this region has to offer, both for locals and the many visitors who flock to Kaikoura for the weekend.

A&P Shows are such a vital part of provincial centres like Kaikoura as they give people the chance to celebrate what makes them special.

I really enjoy A&P shows and visit as many as possible in the Kaikoura Electorate, plus the Canterbury Show which attracts many of our constituents. The only one I will miss this show season is the Rai show, which falls on the same day as the Amuri A&P Show in Rotherham, and I alternate between the two.

It is always wonderful to see so many families from both town and country taking advantage of a great day out.

A&P Shows are a great reminder for everyone how vitally important the rural sector is to New Zealand’s economy: It really does form the backbone.

Of course the dairy sector is currently facing a tougher time given the projected low payout, but the great thing about a region like Kaikoura is that there are many strings to its bow.

Increased tourist numbers flocking to see this unique part of our country mean the local economy is improving, and confidence is up across the business sector.

Kaikoura is a thriving, innovative little town and I am always pleased with the opportunity to visit and meet the people who are lucky enough to call it home.

I look forward to meeting you at my site on Saturday, February 27.