The above photo, taken in 1930 by Whites Aviation, shows the buildings where the original
Waikato Winter Show (now The Waikato Show) was based for many years.
The train tracks now go under Centreplace but the Bus Station is still there!
Animals used to unload from the train, walk across the road and into the buildings.

The famous ‘Bledisloe Hall’ (now at Mystery Creek) is the large domed roof, on the left,
of the three big halls joined together.
Some of the old buildings above are still in Hamilton City – including the distinctive
Wintec House on the corner of Anglesea & Ward Streets.

Eves Realty is again delighted to partner the Waikato Show for the 2017 event. 

The Eves show bags proved really popular and so will again be available for the next show, next year.

The whole concept of the community involvement is really exciting and, the many wonderful groups and organisations in the region, will be gearing up to have a presence at the 2017 Waikato Show.

Obviously, there is a wee interlude in planning, with the fat fulla in the red suit due to appear and then some time for rest and relaxation with plenty of time for friends and family.

Our very best wishes to everyone the management and staff at Eves Mill Street phone 839 9996
and Eves Rototuna phone 854 3837 – ‘opening doors to every buyer’.

Children’s Battles

aka Operation Claude VI: One Charged Out of the Pukeko’s Nest
Over the summer period one can report that a great mountain of paper swords will be rolled, flourbombs packed and the fine detail of an obstacle course will be hammered out with the boffins, wot!

The 2017 Show is less than 4½ months away, so there is warmongering work aplenty to ensure a fine experience for all those daring enough to take the plunge and battle for control of Fort Claude.  Does that include you?

Be sure to come to the Hamilton Christmas Parade next month (Sunday 11 December at 1500 hours (3pm)), where you will see a collection of Chaps and Ladies strolling through the throngs on either side of Anglesea St; and yes, Santa will be there, too!

Look out the Fifth Waikato Dragoons on FaceBook and start following the Operation Claude event, or follow us with Eventfinda, but whatever you do, DON’T FORGET: 7-9 April 2017

Mark your calendar for the fabulous Waikato Autumn HomeXPO!

Next April, discover hundreds of exciting new ideas and products for renovating,
building and decorating.
Find out how to add real value to your home at this exciting Autumn HomeXPO, brought to you by the presenters of the ever-popular Waikato Home & Garden Show.

Visitors to the Autumn HomeXPO will have the chance to talk directly with designers, manufacturers and service providers, and to snap up one-off Autumn HomeXPO
prices and bookings before winter sets in.

The Autumn HomeXPO is held in association with the Waikato Show.
The HomeXPO is the first hall visitors walk through when they enter the Waikato Show.

See you at the Autumn HomeXPO at the Waikato Show 7 – 9 April 2017
at Claudelands Events Centre in Hamilton.




               So your School doesn’t miss out – please get more information from:
Tash McGowan; Programme Co-ordinator
Phone: 0212 652 270 Email:

MANY THANKS to WEL Energy for their generous funding
towards the hugely popular Schools Day Out Programme!

WEL Energy Trust has approved $2,000.00 in funding towards the Schools Day out for 2017.
This is fantastic news for the programme, and confirmation of its positive impact for students and credibility in the Waikato.
The attendance numbers continue to grow each year, with two schools already signed up for next April.
The funding will cover the cost of printing the learning booklets, which include
learning material from around the Show.
Students take these home at the completion of their day.

Pictured above:

Lynda Hallinan in her garden.

Pictured below:

Rampicante Seedlings growing well.

We are pleased to announce that Lynda Hallinan
(pictured above at our last show)
will returning to be part of Homegrown Harvest in 2017!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed her helpful tips and
fresh humour at her Jam Session in 2016.
As always, she has a mind full of knowledge
in all things gardening and growing.
Lynda will be our guest at Spade to Spatula, bringing tried and true gardening tips and some useful advice
on preserving your crop.
She’ll also be one of the Food Competition Judges for the
Preserves, Jams and Chutneys section.


How are your Rampicante Marrow plants coming along?

If you sowed these seeds in containers indoors your young plants will be ready to plant out by now.  Likewise, if you sowed seed outdoors they should also be well on their way.


Remember to keep them watered as they grow

Water from the ground rather than from over the leaves.

If you kept some seed back; sow it now for a succession (and a better opportunity to get a big one for the show!)

For more top growing tips, feel free to ask our gardening expert Tony Dixon at: with Rampi in the subject line.



Remember, there are other competition categories to enter too –

The Garden Bounty Basket to show your gardening versatility, Preserves, or Apple Pie are all up for grabs, you have to be in to win!

Also, for next year, the new Cake Decorating Category will be well worth entering.

For more information and your entry form go to :



WAIKATO Winter SHOW Association (Inc.)


With our organisation being a part of the A&P (Agricultural & Pastoral) act
and, as an Incorporated Society, we are required to maintain a certain number of members.

Can you please us with some new members please?

For $35.00 annual subscription, members receive a three-day Family Pass to the Show ($120 value),
special member only deals during the year (including 1 discounted entry ticket to
The Waikato Home & Garden Show + 1 free entry ticket to the A&P Show),
special member deals at the show and more!

 PLEASE contact the office: phone 07 855 7739 or email:

And we can send out a Membership Form.


Advertise in the new look Waikato Show Programme!

This will be larger than usual, to include the previous show’s competition winners and photos.
It will still have the show map and list of exhibitors.
Your chance, as it will become a collector’s item, to keep your details in front of
thousands for more than just the show weekend.
FULL PAGE: $1,000.00 +GST.
HALF PAGE: $600.00 +GST.
Bookings and payment received before 14th December 2016
receive 5 free one-day tickets to the April 2017 Waikato Show.

 To be a part of the 2017 Waikato Show April 7-9th contact:
Carina Dooley, General Manager
Phone 07 855 7739


With 15 shows in one – there’s something for everyone!

The Cultural Village
will showcase and share the cultures and arts
(cultural music and dance performances, Arts and Crafts, for example henna painting, hair braiding, Tai Chi, preparation and cooking of cultural cuisines, national games, fashion parades, etc)
of the diverse ethnic communities that reside in the Waikato and its surrounding neighbourhood.

Expressions of Interest from cultural groups who would like to participate; and organisations and businesses that would like to set up Food stalls and product promotions –
please email:    or phone: Boris Samujh (021 708 277); Ravinder Powar (0272 483 040); Jeevan Mathews (0211 895 389); Halisha (0210 334 331); Linda (0212 519 793).

From the President

As the weather heats up, so does the level of activity amongst the various Expo co-ordinators; the closer we get to the Show in April, the faster the time seems to dart by!

Things are well under way for most of our partners, registrations are beginning to build up, and the Show is forming a bit more each day.

I look forward to the various interactive parts of the overall Show, some of which look like they are going to be spectacular this year, so be sure to make the effort.

Bring your friends, family, tourists, school groups, clubs, bus-loads of complete strangers and make the Show your destination for early April!

With Christmas just around the corner it’s time to complete as much as possible before the 4-6 week dead zone that hits around Christmas/New Year – the more you get squared away now, the less work you have to do in the last few weeks of February/March.

Ralph Evans

ANIMAL EXPO contact:


Clubs & Creativity Showcase
Well now: almost the Christmas period!
Sorry, but it is just a month until Christmas, so in about two weeks nobody will be thinking Show thoughts.
Things are starting to ramp up for the Clubs Showcase, with a lot more interest, and forms and deposits starting to roll in prior to the early Bird cut-off at midnight on Wednesday 30 November.   Marvellous what a deadline will do!
In terms of planning we have the same sinuous layout, with many familiar faces from the last three years, alongside some new ones; very much an organic community here in the Clubs Showcase as we continue to develop our “feel” to reflect our community at large.
The Performance Schedule is beginning to take shape on a first come, best dressed basis, with 16 performances already confirmed, and a number proposed, so if YOUR group wants to take part, I need to know as soon as possible please. Ralph Evans phone: 0220 648 087

Performance Schedule
Time Friday 7 April Saturday 8 April Sunday 9 April
1000 Waikato Show Opens
1100   Hamilton Community
Centre of Music
1130 Taoist Tai Chi Taoist Tai Chi Taoist Tai Chi
1230 Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
1300   Hamilton Community
Centre of Music
Hamilton Community
Centre of Music
1400 Taoist Tai Chi Taoist Tai Chi Taoist Tai Chi
1430 Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
Celtic Flames –
Irish Dancers
1500   Male Voices Waikato  
1700 Waikato Show Closes

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