The Bay of Islands Pastoral & Industrial Show
205 Showgrounds Road, Waimate North, Northland
Cancellation of the BOI P&I Association Show for 2020 - 19/8/20
Last night, Tuesday 18th August 2020, the Executive met and by majority decision have cancelled the 2020 Show in its entirety.
We had been exploring the opportunity of holding an equestrian event only. Our Junior Vice President Sharon Cook and the equestrian group did a lot of work in an attempt to make this a viable event.
Thanks especially to those that pledged sponsorship to help - very generous given the circumstances.
Covid-19 surfacing again last week posed risks that the Executive Committee were not going to entertain. The Show is a not-for-profit operation which cannot afford to lose money and keep operating.
This is the first time the Show has been cancelled apart from the wars. Being the oldest Show in NZ comes with responsibilities and I can assure the Executive made a brave and well-considered decision.
Naturally, there will be people who will be disappointed by this decision and we are sorry for any disappointment or inconvenience our decision has caused.
We will be back next year and wish to thank the community for its support over our long history.
Stay Safe and Stay Well.
BOI P&I Show Announcement - 23/7/20
The Show Committee met on Wednesday 22nd July 2020 and had the longest meeting in recent times debating the impact of Covid 19 and other factors which would impact on the oldest A&P Show in New Zealand scheduled for 14th November 2020.
It is with regret that we inform those involved, that by a 75% majority decision, the 2020 Show will not proceed in its usual format for this year.
We are exploring the viability of continuing with an Equestrian Event for 13th & 14th November 2020. We are contacting equestrian competitors and participants to gauge the enthusiasm and numbers to have this event.
Such decisions are very difficult and given our historical status not taken lightly.
However, the Show Committee are going to take the opportunity to have a strategic review of all that the Show represents. We want to come back in the 2021 Show season stronger and focused on what an A&P Show represents.
We sincerely apologize for any disappointment or inconvenience our decision has caused.
BOI P&I Show Committee
No Dogs Allowed on the Showgrounds
The Bay of Islands P & I Show is the oldest agricultural Show in New Zealand with the first Show being held in New Zealand in The Bay of Islands in 1842. In its early days the Show rotated to different towns in the region but is now based at Waimate North in picturesque grounds, behind the Waimate North Mission House. The Show attracts around 7,000 visitors each year.
The Show was initially started as an "agricultural demonstration" and held in the area on local land until the first permanent site was established at Grove Cottage Farm. A nikau and pole structure formed the first Show Hall.
In 1888, after amalgamation with other shows, the first recorded president was Mr. M. Clarke and the initial land purchase of the current site was made. By 1891 the Show Hall was built using voluntary labour and costing eight pounds, one shilling and seven pence. Additional land has been aquired by the Association over the years to complete the 4 hectare site owned today.
The Bay of Islands Pastoral & Industrial Show at the show grounds in Waimate North stages a great day's entertainment for all ages. The show incorporates Savouring the Source Food & Wine Festival, showcasing local producers, wineries & cafes , as well as the more traditional events such as Equestrian, Dairy, Beef & Sheep classes, Calf Club, Pet Lamb, Indoor Hall Exhibits, competitions, demonstrations, live entertainment and over 150 Trade Site exhibitors.
The Waimate North Mission house, with the spire of St. John the Baptist's Anglican Church commentorating the early Mission settlers, forms a backdrop to this historic and picturesque showground setting. Ancient stands of Puriri trees flank the boundary.