A&P Society Showgrounds Hawkes Bay

About the A&P Society

The 2018 Hawke's Bay A&P Society Annual General Meeting will be held at 5:30pm on Tuesday 26 June 2018 in Waikoko Room, Showgrounds Hawke's Bay Tomoana.

1.  Apologies
2.  Minutes of the last meeting
3.  Matters Arising
4. Presidents Report
5.  Treasurer's Report
6.  Financial Statements and Auditors Report
7.  Election / Appoinment of Officers
8.  Appointment of Auditor
9.  Update from General Manager
10. General Business
Light supper and refreshments will be served

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

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

President: 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, H A McKeesick, M G Lester, N R Chambers, D R Nelson, S O Nelson, P.E Tod, R Alexander, R J Duncan, R.B Pattullo, R J Chambers.
General Committee: 
Roger Alexander, Ann Bary, Simon Averill, Bob Bruce, Sarah Busby, Ross Duncan, David Evans, Heather Gregory, Maria Gourlie, Doug Guild, Dudley Hammond, Doug Laing, Duncan McPhail, Don McLeod, Peter Margoliouth, Dave Nelson, Peter Penman, Tim Redstone, Graham Revell, Sam Russell, Rowan Sandford, Nick Sullivan, Chris Skerman, Leon Stallard, Sue Thomas, Max Tweedie, 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 6. Complimentary tea and coffee, cash bar
1 x Reserved Parking

Click here to become a Personal Member - download our 2018 - 2019 Membership Pack. 

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 A&P Bayleys Wine Awards
  • 5% off the price of a table of 10 at the Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards 
  • 5% off the price of exhibition space at the Hawke's Bay A&P Royal Show


Click here to become a Corporate Member - download our 2018-2019 Membership Form. 


Alexander Construction

CP Wool

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

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:

  • Hawke’s Bay A&P Bayley’s Wine Awards
  • Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards
  • National Horticulture 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

2018 Horse Measuring: Sunday 5th August and Sunday 12th August - 9.00 am - 4.00 pm. Please email to book a time jjkids@xtra.co.nz for special measures please contact Jo Linton 021 413 996

Measuring COSTS - (all fees are GST inclusive)

First Measure (Annual or Youngstock $31.00
Annual Re-Measure $21.00
Youngstock Re-Measure $11.00
Life Certificate  ** $76.00
Replacement Certificate  *** $76.00

** 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 $50. 
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.
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.
All sessions are to be pre-booked with the Jo Linton ahead of Measuring day. You must arrive at least 15mins before your appointment to complete the paperwork. 
Please bring your current height certificate with you if you are booked for a remeasure.
There are no EFTPOS facilities, cash and cheques or payment online prior to appointment.
No dogs are allowed on the Showgrounds.
Entry to the Showgrounds for Measuring Days is via Elwood Road, Gate 7.
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.

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