A&P Society Showgrounds Hawkes Bay

About the A&P Society

It is our vision to be a world class facilitator of primary sector events that enhances our heritage at a vibrant multi-purpose event venue

Using its unique position in the Hawke’s Bay primary sector, and as a major participant in the economic development of the Hawkes Bay economy through its hosting of events, the role of the society within the context of this vision is to:

  • Connect 

Organisations and individuals in (and supporting) the primary sector, local community and visitors to accelerate the implementation of the vision.

  • Promote

The Society as a solution provider throughout Hawke’s Bay and New Zealand and for the Society to be at the forefront of celebrating primary sector excellence and success.

  • Inspire

The community, and the primary sector in particular, to achieve economic success and to appropriately celebrate that success.

  • Facilitate

The growth of the Society through the effective implementation of the vision.

View HB A&P Society's Strategic Plan 2014

2016/2017 Annual Report

The 2017 Hawke's Bay A&P Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 3:00pm on Thursday 6 July 2017 at the Showgrounds. 

A copy of our Annual Report for 2016/2017 can be found here.

History of the Society 

The first Hawke's Bay Show was held in Danvers Paddock, Havelock North in 1863. Exhibits at that Show comprised 23 cattle, 22 horses, 18 sheep, 6 pigs, one pen of poultry and 3 dogs. The attendance was 400 people and it is interesting to note the population of the region at the time was 1180. 

In 1873 the Show was held on the first ground it owned which is where the present Hastings Police Station now stands. Then in 1878, with the exception of the war years, the Show was staged for the next 46 years at what is now the HB Racing Centre. In 1884 this land was sold to the Jockey Club with the A&P Society retaining the rights to hold their Show. In 1911 the Society purchased 51 acres from William Nelson, however the Shows continued at the Racecourse until 1925 when it was decided to move to the present venue. So by 1911 the Society had purchased its third Showgrounds, the first on the Police Station site, the second on the Racecourse and now at Tomoana. Expansion continued and in 1933 a further 41 acres were added taking in Waikoko House, Lake and gardens. 

By 1952 a further 33 acres were purchased across Elwood Road giving a total of approximately 130 acres. We are indebted to the late Robin Bell for researching and writing our history in 1983. In 1990 it made sound economic sense to sell the Elwood Road block to the Polo Club and the Hastings High School Old Boys Rugby Club and invest the money, which in turn generates capital for further Showgrounds development. The Society still has the use of this block for Show purposes. 

The present grounds consisting of 100 acres (42 hectares) are second to none with unlimited parking facilities, approximately 60 buildings and a well laid out and planted area which surely is a fitting tribute to the vision to our predecessors. 


Event Management

The team at the Hawke's Bay A&P Society can event manage your event. To talk to our experienced team about what we and our venue can offer you. Contact us

Committee & Board

Simon Collin

Vice President
Jason Roebuck

Hon. Treasurer
Regan Loach

Executive Committee
Richard Chambers, Rose Flay, Max Morton, Lincoln Reid, Kerry Rich, Stephen Salkeld, David Wilson

Past Presidents
H S Logan, B L Pattullo, D W Hildreth, P R Holden, J R Renton, H A McKeesick, M G Lester, N R Chambers, S O Nelson, P.E Tod, R B Pattullo, R Chambers

Honorary Life Members
H S Logan, B L Pattullo, D W Hildreth, P R Holden, J R Renton, R Lee, H A McKeesick, M G Lester, R W Klingender, E H W Hayes, N R Chambers, D R Nelson, S O Nelson, P.E Tod, R Alexander, R Duncan, R.B Pattullo

General Committee
Roger Alexander, Tim Aitken, Ann Bary, Simon Averill, Tony Connor, Bob Bruce, Sarah Busby, Richard Chambers (Executive), Simon Collin (Executive), Ross Duncan, David Evans,Heather Gregory, Maria Gourlie, Doug Guild, Dudley Hammond,  Doug Laing, Regan Loach (Executive),  Duncan McPhail, Don McLeod, Peter Margoliouth, Max Morton (Executive), Dave Nelson, Tim Redstone, Lincoln Reid (Executive),  Graham Revell, Kerry Rich (Executive), Jason Roebuck (Executive), Sam Russell, Steve Salked,  Leon Stallard, Jack Tarrant, Sue Thomas, David Wilson (Executive),  Les Vesty. 



The Society is a not for profit, charitable, membership based organisation who strives to celebrate excellence in the primary sector industries and in doing so lift the economic and social prosperity of Hawke’s Bay. Annual membership runs from 1 April to 31 March each year.

The benefits of membership have traditionally been centred on the annual Hawkes Bay Show and these are detailed below.     

Personal Membership

6 x members passes to the HB Show
Members Marquee entry for 4. Complimentary tea and coffee, cash bar
1 x Reserved Parking
$75.00 (incl) rebated to $65 if paid by 31st May

Corporate Membership

Acknowledgement of your Company’s support in:

  • Our communication with our members and stakeholders
  • Website listing of Corporate members
  • Certificate of appreciation


  • Preferential booking rights for tickets and exhibition space at our events
  • 6 member passes to the Royal Show including members lounge and carpark access
  • 5% off the price of a table of 10 to the Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards
  • 5% off the price of a table of 10 at the Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards
  • 5% off the price of exhibition space at the Royal Show

$575.00 (Incl)

Click here to become a Member - download our 2017-2018 Membership Form. 


Alexander Construction

CP Wool

Bridgeman Ready Mix

Farmlands Trading Co

Lowe Corporation Limited

Nimon and Sons Limited

Stock Co

Eastern Institute of Technology

Bay Ford Hastings

Prime Trading Limited

Tomoana Warehousing Limited

Lindisfarne College

Havelock North Business Association

Goodman Rural

Sainsbury Logan & Williams

HB Fruitgrowers Association Inc

Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited

Tumu Merchants Limited

Surveying the Bay Limited


Additional Information

Members' Lounge: always popular for socialising and relaxing away from the hustle and bustle of the Show.

Members Car Parking:  a reserved area close to the main gates and accessed through the historic Karamu Road Gates.

Bring a friend: Adult members may purchase additional Show tickets from the Show office (before the opening day) at a 20% discount.

The Society has an ever growing range of activities and this enables it to offer additional benefits to members:

Preferential ticketing rights to events held by the Society:

  •  Bayleys  A&P Society Hawke’s Bay Wine Awards
  •  Napier Port Hawke's Bay Pastoral Sector Awards
  •  National Horticultural Field Day

Preferential booking rights for:

  • Exhibition space
  •  Trade sites
  • Facilities at the Showgrounds.

Most importantly however, membership signifies your support for an iconic Hawke’s Bay institution with 150 years’ of service, bringing town and country together.

Please complete the application form and we look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship.  If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the HB A&P Society Office on 06 878 3123

Horse Measuring


2017 Horse Measuring: Sunday 6th August and Saturday 12th August - 9.00 am - 4.00 pm.

Please email admin@showgroundshb.co.nz to book a time

For special measures please contact Katrina Lau-Guild on 021 955 350. 

Measuring COSTS - (all fees are GST inclusive)

First Measure (Annual or Youngstock)  $30.50
Annual Re-measure  $20.50
Youngstock Re-measure  $10.00
Life Certificate  $75.50  **
Replacement Certificate  $75.00   *** 

** Life Certificate Requirements
Vet must complete certificate & microchip if required. 
Horse must be 8 years old or over
Horse must be barefoot
Horses feet to be trimmed
If horse is not branded, it will require branding or micro chipping. (brand is 60ml high and done by vets)

*** Lost certificates are now issued from the RAS Head Office. (please go to www.ras.co.nz for information) The person seeking the replacement certificate must apply to RAS Head Office for their replacement certificate and have received that certificate before taking the animal to the measuring stand for ongoing measures. 

Special Measures - our Measuring Stewards are available to complete measures outside of the set measuring dates at times to suit the Measuring Stewards. The cost of a special measure is $80. 
No Life certificates will be done by special measure. 


The Royal Agricultural Society has a section detailing rules and regulations for Horse Measuring in New Zealand. Visit thier website here.

Horses and Ponies must be presented in a bitted bridle with no cover, bandages, boots or hoods. 
There must be at least one handler per animal. 
No more than three horses per person booked in a row.

Appointments for the set Measuring days are to be made through the Hawke's Bay A&P Society office, email admin@showgroundshb.co.nz or phone 06 878 3123. 

Time is set aside in the early morning for Miniature horse measuring, this is the only time available to measure Miniatures as they require a different measuring set up so appointments can only be made within this time. 

Life Measures are to be booked in the late afternoon as they require more time. 

All sessions are to be pre-booked with the office ahead of Measuring day. You must arrive at least 15mins before your appointment to complete the paperwork. All appointments stand and must only be updated by the office, they cannot be switched by individuals. 

Please bring your current height certificate with you if you are booked for a remeasure. 

There is no EFTPOS facilities, cash and cheques only. 

No dogs are allowed on the Showgrounds at all. 

Entry to the Showgrounds for Measuring Days is via Elwood Road, Gate C. 

NO vehicles are to drive over the bridge, all trucks and floats to park in the front paddock and walk over to the Horse office for Measuring.

The RAS Yellow card system applies at Measuring day to ensure all RAS rules and regulations are followed and appropriate conduct is expected. 

*Up to date at the time of publication. These prices are subject to change. 

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