New Zealand Agricultural Show – After a physical event was canceled for the second year, a TV show was made instead!


FIRST THIS SUNDAY – TVNZ 1, 11:00 a.m.

Celebrate the backbone of our country

The New Zealand Agricultural Show has been resurrected into an uplifting hour-long TV show celebrating our great rural figures. The TV special was created after the field event in Christchurch was canceled for the second year in a row.

Screening this Sunday of TVNZ 1 on Sunday December 12, 2021 at 11 a.m., the hour-long show will be hosted by Ali Pugh (TVNZ News reporter) and Tangaroa Walker (Farm4Life, Dairy Farmer and media personality), giving people a chance come together and meet some of the great farming figures of today as well as some of the show’s 158 year history.

New Zealand agricultural show 2021 special TV1 will present all the unique stories of the show, from the latest innovations to traditions steeped in history. Ali will help prepare a bull for a virtual beef competition and Tangaroa learns how to milk goats and joins a surfing group of regional farmers who strive to make a difference.

The diversity of New Zealand’s rural community will be celebrated, offering farmers and New Zealanders of all ages something to enjoy at the end of another difficult year. Did you know that pigs are washed and then oiled before a show or that kayaks are now made from an iconic agricultural product? Who (if you’re old enough) will forget the 80’s Dog Show? Man, Dog and Sheep was an improbable formula for Kiwi TV Gold. The show features today’s top sheepdog trialists.

The NZ Agricultural Show, New Zealand’s largest, was scheduled to be held from November 21 but was only canceled for the second time since World War II, due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The physical event normally draws a crowd of over 100,000 – and those involved were disappointed to have to cancel again, five weeks before the event. Managing Director of the iconic event, Tracy Ahern is thrilled that the TV show means that thousands of Kiwis can still celebrate the show – and New Zealand’s farming industry.

Tracy says: “The overall vibe of the New Zealand Agricultural Show 2021 Special is celebration – as it should be! We celebrate and explore some of the diverse jobs, animals, innovations and people in our industry! “

Fittingly, as a true reflection of last year, the show will highlight some of the problems that Covid-19 has created. New Zealand’s largest industry is currently facing some of its biggest challenges: climate change, environmental constraints, labor shortages and transportation issues. The Rural Nation State Survey found that around 70 percent of rural Kiwis say they have felt increased stress in the past five years and 54 percent attributed financial pressures as the main reason.

But, at the end of the day, the show will be upbeat and fun, giving the entire industry something to relax, watch and, most importantly, envision an exciting future.

The New Zealand Agricultural Show will air on TVNZ On Demand after the screening and will also be available on the New Zealand Agricultural Show YouTube channel.
– watch and you could win tickets to next year’s show in Christchurch that Tracy is adamant about – will take place!

The New Zealand Agricultural Show will air Sunday, December 12 at 11 a.m. on TVNZ 1, then available on TVNZ On Demand.


New Zealand Agricultural Show Presenters –

Tangaroa Walker

Tangaroa Walker is the face of Farm4Life, a professional contract milkman, speaker, gym owner and author of the book “Farm 4 Life: Mahi, Mana and a Life on the Land”. He is a former winner of the NZ Ahuwhenua Trophy Young Maori Farmer of the Year and also NZ Primary ITODTOTY.

Farm4Life is an online dairy farming education platform that brings real rural life to over 1.2 million screens every month and is the world’s premier dairy video learning educational center. giving viewers the experience before they need it!

Ali pugh

Broadcaster Ali Pugh has presented and reported TVNZ shows for over 10 years.

Now a Christchurch-based mother of three, the former Breakfast host works as a producer and reporter for One news.

Ali has covered many major events in recent years, including the Christchurch and Kaikoura earthquakes, the Pike River mine disaster and the Covid 19 pandemic.

About the New Zealand Agricultural Show

The three-day New Zealand Agricultural Show is hosted by the Canterbury A&P Association and is New Zealand’s largest agricultural and pastoral show. It has been around for almost 160 years and attracts around 100,000 people a year, celebrating all that is beautiful in rural life. The show has welcomed over a million visitors since arriving at Canterbury Agricultural Park in 1997.

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