Record turnout at 175th Bay of Islands show

Record numbers of spectators and entrants turned out to celebrate the 175th anniversary of New Zealand’s oldest country show on Saturday with crowds boosted by sunshine instead of the forecast rain. The Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show at Waimate North, first held in 1842 when the ink on the Treaty was barely dry, still centres around farm animals, horses and tests of traditional domestic skills, but has expanded in recent years to include a funfair, a food and wine festival and all manner of stalls and entertainment. To mark the anniversary this year’s show featured historic displays from the Pioneer Village in Kaikohe and rarely awarded royal ribbons from the Royal Agricultural Society for overall champion horse and farm animal. Photos by Peter de Graaf.