Photos: Showtime in the Bay of Islands

The popular cattle displays and competitions may have been absent from Saturday’s Bay of Islands Pastoral and Industrial Show due to concerns about the disease M. Bovis, but that didn’t stop thousands of people flocking to picturesque Waimate North for the first show of the summer. Kids competing for best pet lamb took the place of calf club events while a series of Young Farmers and AgriKids challenges boosted youth involvement in the nation’s oldest country show, founded 176 years ago when the ink was barely dry on the Treaty of Waitangi. Photos by Peter de Graaf.