731 days ago

April & May at the Showgrounds

Secretary from Egmont Showgrounds

Cyclone Gita did it’s fair share of damage at the showgrounds with the roof being whipped off the Jersey rooms and adjacent grandstand most of which was deposited in the gully behind the main grandstand. There was also damage to the broadcast box and a roller door blown in at the Expo hall, an insurance claim has been made and these will all be repaired over the next few weeks. Following on from the Taranaki Greyhound Racing event over Easter we have several smaller Equestrian events for the rest of the month and we did celebrate Executive Committee member Walter Smyth’s birthday in the Expo hall. The TSSSA Dressage was well attended midweek. May is always a very busy month at the showgrounds, first up is an Agrikids School day then the NZ Cutting Horse Assn annual show followed by Hawera BMX Clubs annual indoor event. Riders attend from all over the north island and there are normally about 200 competitors. Backed up to that is Little Forest Raceway who run a model car racing event in the TSB Centre. In the middle of all that action Hawera High School have their annual Cross Country race and Hawera Repertory will be moving in to the Expo hall to build the set for their next production. Canny Canines Dog Training is back up and running on a Tuesday evening. RDA will take a break over the school holidays. For further information on events please visit to our website event page,

More messages from your neighbours
9 hours ago

Join us for lunch and some new ideas

Jo Haywood Reporter from Homed

Hey neighbours, how are you finding life in lockdown? If you're looking for new ways to mix things up at home and in the garden, we can help!

Join us for a virtual lunch from 12.30 on Wednesday (8 April), when NZ House & Garden and NZ Gardener editors Naomi Larkin and Jo McCarroll will be live on Homed to answer your questions, share their expertise and chat about your latest projects.

From repurposing items you already have to create a stylish new interior, to getting a steer on what you can sow and grow in the garden right now, here's your chance to get help and advice from those in the know.

And if you've already finished some home and garden projects during lockdown, don't be shy... show us what you've done. We'd love to see them! Click here and get in early to submit your questions and join in the fun. You can also email photos of your projects to: homed@stuff.co.nz.

14 hours ago

Library cat in lockdown.

Coral from Whanganui

Hi Neighbours
On my daily walks, I often see a cat outside a catflap on the Library door.
A couple of days ago it was calling out in a distressed voice.
Wondering, if anyone knows, is it being feed?
and why no one gave it a home for the duration?
Happy to do so. :)

Cheers Coral

12 days ago

The Good Neighbour

Jane Matthews Reporter from Taranaki Daily News

Do you know anyone that's doing good like the Grays and Ridlands? We’re hoping to run a daily series of people offering a helping hand in the Taranaki community during the coronavirus lockdown.