About Us


The history of Whangarei A & P Society dates back to 1877 when it was originally known as the Whangarei Farmers Club. The intervening years have seen many changes, but the objectives remain the same. Whangarei A & P Society has a proud history of promoting agricultural and pastoral interests and is the largest A & P show north of Auckland. It is the jewel in Northland’s agricultural and entertainment crown, and continues to build on a long and successful reputation of bringing the country to town.

The Society is a not for profit organisation and is registered as a Charitable Trust.  It is incorporated under the Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Act.  We have a strong membership base and anyone is eligible to become a member.

The Society is run by an Executive Committee (or Board), who are duly elected officers from within the membership, along with the Society’s Patron, who is a committed supporter of the organisation.  The head of the Board is known as the Society’s President.  There are up to eight Executive Members including the President, Vice President and Treasurer.

The rules for the operation of the Society are contained in the Society’s Constitution, which forms the basis of the Society’s operating procedures.  Overriding these are the rules of New Zealand’s Agricultural and Pastoral Societies Act.



Membership of the Whangarei Agricultural & Pastoral Society is open to anyone who supports the aims and objectives of the Society.  Apart from payment of the nominal annual Membership fee, Members’ responsibilities are voluntary and can range from a casual interest in the Society, to assisting with the organisation and running of the Society’s annual Show.

Members can also attend Northland Rural Business Networking meetings free!


Membership Benefits:


  • Tickets to the Whangarei A&P Show & Members Room access with air conditioning and complimentary refreshments during the Show.
  • Free Members Dinner at the Annual General Meeting for Members held at the Barge Showgrounds Events Centre each year.
  • A saving of up to $250 on Venue Hire for the Barge Showgrounds Events Centre
  • $9,000 Scholarship opportunity for secondary school age Members, or children of Members, to apply for the Whangarei A & P Scholarship.
  • Regular email newsletters and Show updates.
  • FREE attendance to the Northland Rural Business Network Meetings.




Chris Mason

Chief Executive

Ellie Ball

Projects & Marketing Coordinator

Megan Christie

Property Manager

Greg Watts

Barge Showgrounds Venue Steward

Ria MacDonald

Show Secretary & Barge Showgrounds Events Centre

Stephen Towey

Farm Internship Administrator

Our Board

Des Cogan

Hon. Patron

027 293 4234

Evan Smeath


027 4498 274

Russell Plank

Executive Member

021 752 653

Ryan Baxter

Executive Member

027 285 9075

Trevor Osbaldiston

Executive Member

021 045 1250

Peter Geddes

Executive Member

027 4994 346

Stephanie Gowing

Executive Member

027 443 7559

Rachael Lafon

Vice President

027 362 2428

Bryn Hughes

Hon. Treasurer

027 652 8904