Frustrations with Building Control, and then the blow of Devaluation followed by steep price increases have burdened your President, Office Bearers and Committee with many problems. However, a very ﬁne Grandstand now stands on our Showgrounds, complete to stage one, as set out in the Appeal Brochure and with the ﬂoors in place for the eventual ﬁtting out of a mezzanine and a top ﬂoor to provide administration rooms, further toilet facilities and members’ catering facilities. A double Broadcasting Box to serve the Society’s public address systems, and the National Broadcasting Corporation, has also been added to the plan.
Contributors to the Appeal were invited to a preview of the Grandstand on the day of the Society’s Annual General Meeting in June and despite the cold weather, some three hundred availed themselves of this opportunity. Because of the response to this invitation, it was not possible to hold the Annual Meeting in Waikoko House, and this was held underneath the stand, as portrayed in the picture in this Newsletter.
1969 H.B. Spring Show
Our Spring Show will be held on 21st, 22nd and 23rd October this year, and preparations are well in hand for a very successful show. Full use will be made of the underneath section of the new Grandstand which will house the dining room area and the bar and in the centre portion, the competitive Home Industries Section will be staged. This will comprise the Knitting, Needlework, Art and Craft Classes, the Photography Section, the Women’s Institute Bays, the W.D.F.F. display and the Primary Schools writing and art sections. This will leave the Exhibition Hall completely free for a massive Trades and General Interest Display and negotiations are in hand for the Manufacturers’ Association to mount a very comprehensive exhibit. It is also hoped to have some of the prize winning exhibits from the Hawke’s Bay Science Fair on display at the Show.
Animal Mothers and Offspring Exhibit
A new attraction at the Show this year will be an exhibit featuring Animal Mothers of all sizes and shapes, from white mice to horses (we don’t think we will manage elephants but we may have a lioness and cubs) together with their young. This should be of tremendous interest to young and old alike, and if any member has something to offer for this exhibit, would he or she please contact our Committee members in charge, Messrs R. W. Klingender, of de Pelichet, McLeod and Co. Ltd., Hastings, K. Fourneau, of Pakowhai, or H. K. Stevenson, of the Napier Development Association.
It has been possible for many ﬁrms to contribute more to the Grandstand Appeal than they would otherwise have done because of the Advertising Contracts the Society has been able to offer. The following ﬁrms have supported the appeal with contributions ranging from $200 to $10,000:—
J. Wattie Canneries Ltd.; Dalgety & N.Z. Loan Ltd.; de Pelichet, McLeod & Co. Ltd.; H.B. Farmers’ Co-op. Assn. Ltd.; Murray Roberts & Co. Ltd.; Williams & Kettle Ltd.; Wright, Stephenson & Co. Ltd.; Robert Holt & Sons Ltd.; Daily Telegraph Ltd.; H.B. Herald-Tribune; Bambry Bros. Ltd.; Overland Transport Ltd.; J. Mills Ltd.; Reeves Transport Ltd.; Thos Borthwick & Sons (A’asia) Ltd.; H.B. Farmers’ Meat Co. Ltd.; Nelsons (NZ) Ltd.; W. Richmond Ltd.; H.B.- Gisborne Savings Bank; Wairunga Romney Stud; Te Aratipi Ltd.; Elgin Stud; West Derby Stud; Bull & Hodgins Ltd.; Walmsley Bros. Ltd.; E. F. Leicester & Sons Ltd.; W. Tucker Ltd.; H. W. Blackmore Ltd.; Elizabeth Horne Ltd.; Heretaunga Dairy Co. Ltd.; D. H. Newbigin. Ltd.; Rothmans Tobacco Co. Ltd.; Tasman Vaccine Laboratory; Hobson’s Dokko Co. Ltd.
Photo caption – Interior view of new Grandstand taken at 1969 Annual Meeting