Poverty Bay A&P Show celebrates 'thriving' region

Rural Exchange 13/10/2018

Rural Exchange co-host Richard Loe was lucky enough to pop down to the Poverty Bay A&P Show on Friday, where he joined the celebration of the region’s rich horticulture and farming.

While at the show, Loe caught up with show president Norm Thomas in his last year of a two-year presidency.

Mr Thomas explained that the A&P show is nothing without its 40 committee members, who all help out voluntarily.

"They're all voluntary. Because of that, they work hard, but they play hard as well. We've done the mahi [...] and then we've enjoyed the comradery of being on a committee of that size," Mr Thomas says.

The positive turnout at the show reflects just how much the region is thriving, Mr Thomas added.

"You can't buy a piece of flat-land out here for under $100,000 a hectare - it is absolutely going nuts! Right across the region, we're on fire."

The rest of the weekend sees plenty of exciting events taking place including shearing, fencing, wood chopping and trade-exhibits - as well as entertainment for the kids.

The Poverty A&P Show was in Gisborne from 10-13 October, 2018. 

Watch the full interview with Norm Thomas above.

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