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

 


Lawyer takes on President role in rural Association

Lawyer takes on President role in rural Association

Christchurch lawyer Richard Parkes was elected President of the Canterbury A&P Association, at the 2014 Annual General Meeting held at Langdale Vineyard Restaurant last week. Richard will be leading the Association into its 152nd year, thought to be the first time in the Association’s history that a non-farmer with Otago roots has taken the top spot. “It definitely reflects the progressive nature of the Canterbury A&P Association, awarding the Presidency not just to a city lawyer, but one with no farming background, born and bred in Otago. My saving grace is my wife Catherine (nee Bradley) who has a rural background, having grown up on her parent’s Canterbury farm, being of huge benefit to me” added Parkes.

Richard joined the Canterbury A&P Association General Committee in 2000 and took over the role of Chairman of the City Farmyard in 2003. One of the Canterbury A&P Show’s most popular attractions, the City Farmyard is an interactive children’s petting area that combines educational components with baby animals, giving young showgoers the opportunity to interact with farmyard animals.

“The City Farmyard is a hugely attractive part of the Canterbury A&P Show and one of the areas that as a volunteer, gives you the most gratification. The instant enjoyment you experience watching young children get up close with animals is very satisfying. The area has grown in size over the ten years that I have been involved. Its success is due to the volunteer commitment that is at the heart of the Association and the Show. All of the animals in the City Farmyard are hand reared to ensure that they can cope with the Showtime atmosphere. That’s six weeks of daily bottle feeds, it’s a huge commitment and we sincerely appreciate the support we receive” added Parkes.

With the size of the task ahead and Richard’s ‘day job’ as Partner at Christchurch law firm Cavell Leitch; it will be a challenging year ahead. “Cavell Leitch are an enthusiastic supporter of the community in which we work, the firm is naming rights sponsor of the NZ Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch. As one of the oldest law firms in Canterbury (established 1923) we also have a strong rural clientele which will hold me in good stead for the months ahead. I look forward to the year ahead and all of the challenges that the role of President involves” said Parkes.

Richard has a clear vision for the future of the Canterbury A&P Association and the annual Show. “It is no secret that the Show faced some very challenging times at the turning of the new millennium; however we are now in excellent spirit and financial shape following the outstanding efforts over recent years of the various committees, the Board and our event management team. In terms of the future, your vision is always dictated by budget. I am a strong advocate for retaining the rural atmosphere of the Canterbury A&P Show and holding true to the founding principles of the Association” commented Parkes.

Also announced at the recent Annual General Meeting were Nicky Hutchinson (Little River) as Senior Vice President and Warrick James (Coalgate) as Junior Vice President. In 2015 Nicky will become the first female President in the Association’s 150+ year history.

The 2014 Canterbury A&P Show will be held Wednesday 12 to Friday 14 November at Canterbury Agricultural Park in Christchurch. It is the largest A&P Show in the country attracting 100,000 people, 6000+ livestock and feature competition entries and close to 600 trade exhibitors.

-ENDS-

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On Anne Tolley’s
Callous Folly

Years ago, I remember someone in the Heath Ministry telling me off the record that regulatory oversight in this country largely consisted in ‘waiting for something to turn green or fall off somebody’ before the authorities would swing into action...

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

 

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Housing MPs: New Building(s) For Parliament

A new building will be erected on Parliament grounds to house Members of Parliament and their staff who currently work in leased accommodation in Bowen House. The plan has cross-Party support, apart from NZ First, said Parliament’s Speaker, Rt Hon David Carter. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news