Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Show book released for 150th Show

MEDIA RELEASE
Monday 12 November 2012
For immediate release

Show book released for 150th Show

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Canterbury Agricultural and Pastoral Association, a commemorative book charting the history of the Association and annual Show has been released in time for the 150th Canterbury A&P Show.

The 224-page When Country Comes to Town hard cover book looks at the evolution of the Canterbury A&P Association, the notable citizens and hardworking families who have sustained and nurtured it through the highs and lows of its history, and the changing nature of the annual Canterbury A&P Show, which is the showcase of the farming industry nationwide.

“While the history of the Canterbury A&P Association is dated formally from January 1863, its roots reach back to before the Canterbury pilgrims even set foot on Canterbury soil” added Canterbury A&P Association President Richard Lemon.

Christchurch journalist and author Rosa Shiels who was commissioned to write the book, has been working on the project since 2010.

“When I first heard mention of this book project, the timeline for its realisation was a good 24 months. Extreme geographic events in Christchurch soon overturned that optimism, with libraries and heritage departments left in ruins, resources rendered temporarily or permanently inaccessible due to the quakes” commented Shiels.

Born in Dunedin and raised in Canterbury, Rosa Shiels left Christchurch in the early ‘70s and toured Australia and New Zealand in the cast of Harry M Miller’s Australian productions of Hair and Jesus Christ Superstar. Since the mid ‘70s, while continuing to perform sporadically, she has worked as a journalist on both sides of the Tasman, from Vogue in Sydney to The Press in Christchurch, editing, sub-editing, illustrating and writing on diverse topics, from fine arts and music to interiors, book, travel, health, cuisine and the environment.

“In writing this book, I, an urban-dweller through and through, have been privileged to meet many of the people who run the Canterbury A&P Association and the Show. These are people with calloused hands and wide-open smiles, who gave their time freely to express what the Association means to them and tell me some of their own families’ tall tales and histories. Through them I now have a much deeper appreciation for this province and the part that farmers have played in its development.

The Canterbury A&P Association is a not-for-profit organisation that runs on membership, the goodwill and financial support of various sponsors and the proceeds of its annual A&P Show. Long may it continue to be the celebratory occasion when country comes to town” added Shiels.

When Country Comes to Town is being published by The Caxton Press, an award winning Christchurch-owned business that celebrated its own 75th anniversary in 2010.

When Country Comes to Town is available to purchase for $70 from the Canterbury A&P Association. Books can be purchased at the 2012 Canterbury A&P Show.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Andrew Little’s Debut, Mockingjay, And Drunk Texting

John Key’s credibility has taken a hammering this week – at least among the 50% of the electorate who have always had doubts about him on that score.

The other substantial story of the week has been about Andrew Little’s debut as Labour leader, which has received top marks, especially among the 25% of the electorate still voting Labour. According to some reports, the Labour caucus has been ‘in seventh heaven’ about Little’s success this week in taking it to the government in the House. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Parliament Today:

Gordon Campbell: On Government Arrogance

Right now, National is ramming anti-terrorism measures through Parliament. This legislation will grant the SIS the power to carry out 48 hour bouts of surveillance on anyone without a warrant, and will bestow on government the power to unilaterally revoke anyone’s passports and thus deny them the freedom to travel. More>>

ALSO:

Glenn Inquiry: Report Offers Solutions To Family Violence

The People’s Blueprint unveiled today by Sir Owen Glenn’s independent inquiry into child abuse and domestic violence outlines a new, more cohesive and effective system for reducing New Zealand’s alarmingly high family violence rates. More>>

ALSO:

Environment Commissioner: Changing Climate And Rising Seas - Understanding The Science

A rising sea will be with us for a long time to come – one way or another we will have to adapt. But how high and how fast the water rises will be influenced by the speed at which the world – including New Zealand – reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. More>>

ALSO:

Key Texts With Whale Oil Released: PM Can’t Be Trusted Over Dirty Politics Defence - Greens

John Key’s answers to questions about dirty politics can’t be trusted, after he was forced to admit that he had misled journalists and Parliament about contact with attack blogger Cameron Slater, said the Green Party today.. More>>

ALSO:

Temporary Release Crackdown Continues: Corrections Review Of Phillip Smith Case

“The review by Corrections’ Chief Custodial Officer reveals that the plan for Smith’s series of temporary releases was overly ambitious and misinformed. He’s a highly manipulative and deceptive person who although technically eligible, should not have been considered for temporary release." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news