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People flocked to New Zealand’s most scenic showgrounds for the Duvauchelle A&P Show on Saturday, January 11.
The annual show was first held in the Akaroa Harbour area, on Banks Peninsula, 151 years ago, and this year’s popular attractions included the terrier race, hobby horse races, speed shearing and the main horse events.
Show president Tania Kiely said it was ‘‘a mammoth task’’ for the small community to put together the annual country show.
She paid tribute to horse convener Keith Vogan, who stepped down after 41 years of running the horse section, noting his successor ‘‘will have big shoes to fill’’.
Ms Kiely said she had been involved in the show since childhood, and for her the show was about the people who kept coming back each year.
‘‘These are our people who make up the peninsula community and further afield.’’ Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel was on hand to present show stalwart and Banks Peninsula farmer Paul de Latour with the annual Banks Peninsula Recognition Award.
-By David Hill