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:
Organisations and individuals in (and supporting) the primary sector, local community and visitors to accelerate the implementation of the vision.
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.
The community, and the primary sector in particular, to achieve economic success and to appropriately celebrate that success.
The growth of the Society through the effective implementation of the vision.
The 2016 Hawke's Bay A&P Society Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 30th June at the Showgrounds. For more information please contact Brent Linn, General Manager.
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.
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
Max Morton, Lincoln Reid, Kerry Rich, Jason Roebuck, David Wilson
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
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
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.
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
Acknowledgement of your Company’s support in:
CURRENT CORPORATE MEMBERS
Bridgeman Ready Mix
Farmlands Trading Co
Lowe Corporation Limited
Nimon and Sons Limited
Eastern Institute of Technology
Bay Ford Hastings
Prime Trading Limited
Tomoana Warehousing Limited
Havelock North Business Association
Sainsbury Logan & Williams
HB Fruitgrowers Association Inc
Crowe Horwath (NZ) Limited
Tumu Merchants Limited
Surveying the Bay Limited
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.
Preferential ticketing rights to events held by the Society:
Preferential booking rights for:
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
2017 Horse Measuring dates have not yet been set for 2017. For special measures please contact Katrina Lau-Guild on 021 955 350.
First Measure (Annual or Youngstock) $30.00
Annual Re-measure $20.00
Youngstock Re-measure $10.00
Life Certificate $75.00 **
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.