A&P bosses hit red tape


After running smoothly for 100 years, Saturday’s 101st Lake Hayes A&P Show has hit council red tape for the first time.

In a major paperwork exercise, organisers have had to apply for a resource consent.

It had to submit health and safety plans for every exhibitor at the Lake Hayes Showgrounds show, which celebrates the Wakatipu’s rural roots.

Pip Norton, secretary of the Lake County A&P Society, says all events of a certain size require a resource consent these days.

Health and safety plans are also required under new legislation, she adds.

Norton says forms sent out for suppliers and exhibitors followed documentation prepared by her society’s parent body, the Royal Agricultural Society of New Zealand.

Those forms spelt out “some ideas of what risks there might be and how they could mitigate those risks”.

“It’s basic risks, what could happen - nobody wants anyone to get hurt.”

Norton confirms there was a lot of work for everybody involved.

“It just means you tick all the boxes - it’s just formalising what we do.”

The society’s now been granted a five-year consent, she says.

“To be fair, the council was very, very helpful.”

Norton notes the consent includes a waste management plan, and she’s asking show-goers to use the recycling bins on Saturday.

“We’re running a little competition about education around recycling, and how you can recycle the waste that comes out of something like an A&P show.”

Meanwhile, chief steward Roger Tompkins is calling for cake-makers, vegetable-growers, home brewers and so on to enter the show’s home industries competition, at The Pavilion.

“It’s all about community spirit - it’s about people who like to grow things and bake things.”

For the first time in 25 years, he says a cup will be presented to the winners of all 13 categories, including three children’s sections (see www.lakehayesshow.com).

“The committee’s been working very hard over the last few years to get sponsors.”

Tompkins is asking exhibitors to drop their entries off to the Lakes Hayes Pavilion between 2 and 6pm today for judging at 7pm.

Once again, the grand prize will be the Uncle Bertie Champions Cup, named after Tompkins’ “dear old Uncle Bertie”.

“‘Dirty Uncle Bertie’, we used to call him in the family, but for the sake of the political correctness of the A&P Show we’ve dropped the ‘dirty’.”

Tompkins says the cup winner is decided by the committee - “and the odd bribe to the chief steward”.