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Supporting the rural sector

The Show

For visitors, entries, trade sites and everything else you need to know for when ‘the country comes to town’.

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Farm Internships

An on-farm training and work programme for young people wanting a land-based career.

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We want to help Northlanders looking to further their education and leadership in the rural sector.

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The Whangarei Agricultural & Pastoral Society stands to link urban and rural. We further support the rural sector through promotion, motivation and education. Most known for our annual A&P Show at Barge Showgrounds, we do even more to achieve our mission:



From the annual show to the rural business network, we host and help organise many rural events.

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We offer internships, scholarships and overseas exchanges to help young people into the rural sector.

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We manage property throughout Northland, including the Masonic Villages and WDC pensioner housing.

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Barge Showgrounds

You can book your own event, this venue is perfect for weddings, corporate events, conferences and more.

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Horse measuring dates

We are pleased to announce that Horse Measuring is back at Barge Showgrounds for another year!

Measuring dates for the 2021/22 season are as follows:

Wednesday 29th September – 5.30-6.30pm

Sunday 10th October – 10-12pm

January  9th 2022 – 10-12pm

Go to Whangarei Horse Measuring facebook page or contact Joanne Thomas directly to book.

Please note that Barge Showgrounds Maunu Reserve is a public area used by the community for walking dogs, children playing, athletics and equestrian events. While we hire the Events Centre Building, the Whangarei District Council looks after any bookings for the grounds.  Grounds bookings are made through Recreational Services on 0800 265 000.

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Applications open for $9000 Scholarship

Our $9,000 scholarship opportunity opens on the first of July 2021.

Sean Alexander, our 2020 scholarship recipient has checked in with us to let us know how it’s all going…

‘Closing in the on the end of the first semester I have seen good results for all of my classes so far and have especially thrived in Economics and Commerce, achieving the top 10% in my Economics class. I’m thoroughly enjoying Lincoln as it has many opportunities to offer. I’m involved with the Young Farmers club and the Hunting Club, helping with the planning of events such as the Speed Shear coming up this Saturday. The large uni workload and the clubs keep me busy, but I have found time to explore the South Island, mountain biking, Hunting and fishing. I’ve made some new friends from all over the country, Thank you so much to Whangarei A&P Society for this opportunity, I’m enjoying myself so much, but I do miss being at home on the farm!’

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Contact Us

Ph: +64 9 438 3109
Fax: +64 9 430 0706
Email: [email protected]


Office Address:

127 Bank Street
New Zealand

Postal Address:

PO Box 3
New Zealand