Celebrating Community

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Editor Robyn Bristow joined in the celebration of the Amuri district’s diverse farming industry, its people and its produce at the Amuri A&P Show, Saturday 3rd March 2018.

Hot, humid conditions had visitors at the Amuri A&P show last Saturday searching for every available piece of shade in the picturesque showgrounds.

Pam and Bruce Hodges, of Rangiora, found a cool spot under a tree where they could enjoy a cuppa and lunch and watch their grandchildren riding their ponies in the ring.

The couple regularly travel to where their grandchildren compete and say it’s important to support them.

Kenneth Kidd, of Waiau, first exhibited at the Amuri Show 74 years ago, in the 1940s. He was “judging the judges” when the North Canterbury News caught up with him in the photography section.

The keen “hobby” photographer, who has also judged, had several entries in the section.

Local Hurunui District councillor Dick Davison said the district was changing and the show reflected this change.

It was no longer a show for just exhibiting livestock and farm machinery.

There was now a range of classes to meet the changing landscape in the district and the diversity of its people.

There were stalls selling food from many different ethnicities. All these newcomers to the district had considerable input into the farming industry and were now an important part of the community, sharing their culture and food and joining in festivities at the local show.

“It is an example of a rural community in good heart and all their contributions are making it a prosperous and pleasant place to live,” he says.