Duvauchelle A&P Show president Mike Tapley is looking
forward to next month's centennial show, after three years in
The 100th show, on Saturday, January 11, will be his last in
charge, Mr Tapley says.
''This is my third year, so it has taken up a huge amount of
''We have done some serious fundraising in the last two
years, because like many small shows we were struggling
financially, and when we knew the 100th was coming up, we
knew we needed to prepare for it.''
Mr Tapley has lived in Pigeon Bay on Banks Peninsula for most
of his life. He moved there with his parents when he was aged
about 10 and first became involved in the Duvauchelle show in
His father, Tony Tapley, was a sheep farmer, but the farm was
sold in the late 1980s. However, Mr Tapley chose to remain in
Pigeon Bay with his wife Penny and raise their two daughters
on the peninsula.
They have 40ha, where they raise dairy heifers for
replacements and Mrs Tapley breeds a few horses. ''It used to
be strong dairying country on the peninsula.
There used to be a dairy factory in almost every bay. Now
there is just Barrys Bay. ''Most farms on the peninsula had
their own dairy and they would run other stock. Today there
are still a few dairy farms.''
Mr Tapley's day job is as a forestry contractor, specialising
in native replantings, and he has a team working around Lake
He started off in 1992, working with exotic trees, and has
spent three months a year working in Australia for the past
seven years doing pruning work.
Daughters Madeleine (18) and Florence (14) attend high school
in Christchurch and are competitive show jumpers.
By David Hill.