South Island Field Days

The South Island Field Days has moved to a new farm in the small town of Kirwee, west of Christchurch, but it’s bigger and better than ever. Source: TVNZ

Thinkwater Managing Director Sam Broomhall says the A & P Show in Christchurch is “sort of more candy floss and hot dogs whereas here’s real sort of agriculture-based”.

The South Island agriculture show is one of the oldest and largest in the country and attracts some big attention.

“It’s the most useful thing I’ve done all week,” said Prime Minister Bill English at the Field Days.

More than 30,000 people are expected through the door this week to talk trade and share the latest in innovations in farm machinery.

Agricultural contractor Steve Murray said he has “just come to check out the new technology, new developments”.

The South Island agricultural field days have been running since 1951, featuring everything from fencing competitions to tractor displays.

Everything about the Kirwee show is grass roots – even the 80 hectares it’s based on is an operational farm.