Waverley farmer Grant "Gully" Gulliver has been made a life member of the Waverley A&P Show.

"I reckon that means I'll have to die now before I can leave the committee," said the three-time president of the organisation.

For more than 45 years, Gully has been a dedicated member of the A&P show committee.

And he's now wondering if he's about to fill the top spot for a fourth term.


"Well, you know how it goes round. We started out all those years ago with about 30-odd members. Now there's about eight or 10 of us.

"The young ones are not interested in this stuff, they've got too much else they're into."

He laughs that years ago, when his children were small, he was on just about every committee in the district.

"Seemed like there was a committee meeting every night. One night one of my kids asked me if I was going to go meetings forever and never be with them at home at night."

The next day he resigned from all his committees and boards and "whatever".

"I only stayed on the A&P committee and I was home most nights with the kids. I never realised they missed me like that."

Gully has two dairy farms and said eventually he hopes he can give up milking cows and move on to his great love: hotrods and vintage cars.

He recently brought a 1967 Pontiac from the United States and is very keen to hit the road for a while.

"I'm a real petrol head."

The Waverley A&P Show is on November 15 and remains one of the few shows in New Zealand where lambs are still judged, he said. Proceeds from sale of the lambs go to fund the next year's Waverley Show.

Gully said there's a "fair bit" of organising goes into the show every year. "But everyone pulls their weight and we all help each other out."

And again this year they have to turn down trade exhibits.

"We get too many every year here and we don't have the space. Our show is still very popular."

Horse sports remain the strongest category at the annual show following a long tradition, he said.