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Government and agricultural leaders gather at Parliament to celebrate 50 years of Fieldays

March 16, 2018 | NEWS

Town and country came together in New Zealand’s capital to mark the 50th anniversary of New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays, which was first held in Hamilton in 1969. Leaders from government, agriculture and business gathered in the Grand Hall in Wellington’s Parliament for the function, which included speeches from Director-General of Ministry for Primary Industries, Martyn …


Down to the wire: Fieldays’ humble beginnings celebrated

February 16, 2018 | NEWS

In 1969, the first New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays was held at Hamilton’s Te Rapa Racecourse. The Town and Country Fair, as it was known then, aimed to bring rural and urban audiences together to celebrate New Zealand’s farming industry and lifestyle and the contribution it makes to the economy. Fast forward 50 years, and Fieldays …


Fixing fences and driving tractors is men’s work

February 14, 2018 | NEWS

Fixing fences and driving tractors is men’s work   Not a chance says New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays as this year they are opening the entry criteria for Fieldays Rural Bachelor, allowing both male and female contestants to enter the competition. Fieldays Rural Bachelor has been a popular fixture on the Fieldays calendar for 13 years, …


Fieldays’ 50th anniversary celebrations begin

January 28, 2018 | NEWS

You can forget Fieldays week, 2018 will be known as Fieldays year with celebrations for the 50th anniversary set to begin next month. The calendar is action packed with anniversary books, functions, artworks and more announcements still to come. The first of these celebrations will take place this February with a cocktail style function held …


Judge announced and entries open for Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award

January 12, 2018 | NEWS

Entries are now open for the Fieldays No.8 Wire National Art Award, with revised entry criteria to encourage more artists to take on the unique challenge the award offers. The annual award, managed by Waikato Museum and partnered by Farmlands Co-operative, invokes the classic Kiwi DIY attitude in the creation of sculptural artworks made from …


Fieldays creates record economic impact to New Zealand economy

October 5, 2017 | NEWS

The Fieldays 2017 Economic Impact Report was released this morning at a function held at Fieldays home site, Mystery Creek. Prepared by independent economist Dr Warren Hughes and Professor Frank Scrimgeour of the University of Waikato Management School’s Institute of Business Research, the report highlighted a significant increase in Fieldays’ contribution to the New Zealand …


Fieldays Reveals Post-Event Survey Results and Theme for 50th Anniversary in 2018

August 24, 2017 | NEWS

Results from a recent visitor and exhibitor survey has New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays celebrating another successful year as preparations begin for their 50th anniversary event in 2018. In the survey, 96 per cent of visitors rated their experience of Fieldays 2017 as “good” to “excellent” and 92 per cent of exhibitors said they would exhibit …