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14 NOR-WEST NEWS, MARCH 8, 2012
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Apples steal the show
Show icon: Brian Neal's tent is now an eagerly anticipated visit for
patrons of the show.
Apples are an extremely
popular act of the Kumeu
Show. You can buy them in
singles, bags and boxes or
take home totally farm-fresh
There are all sorts of
delicious varieties: Royal
Galas, Granny Smiths,
Golden Delicious, Cox s
Orange and more. And you
can thank orchardist Brian
Neal for it.
It s not an exaggeration to
say that Brian s apple tent
has become an icon of the
Kumeu Show. People know
we ll be there, he says. They
look forward to seeing us and
buying our apples.
There s a reason for it. For
41 years without a break,
Brian s tent has showcased
apples -- as well as pears,
grapes and plums -- grown at
his La Ronde Orchards. They
are as fresh, delicious and
gorgeous looking as you ll
find anywhere in New Zea-
Slice of history
Interestingly, in the initial
years when the Kumeu apple
and pear growers were given
exhibition space they weren t
allowed to sell their apples.
That changed when the Apple
& Pear Board changed and
decided to allow sales in the
afternoon, after the main par-
Brian organised the apple
exhibition on behalf of the
Huapai Fruitgrowers Associ-
ation, which comprised an
enthusiastic bunch of
members who donated fruit
in lieu of their subscription.
We donated to the hospice
and the local fire brigade,
The show goes on
When the Association
folded, Brian took over the
job of exhibiting apples at the
Show. A few fellow
orchardists stuck with him
but over the years they
dropped out as well.
It hasn t helped that the
number of apple growers has
kept declining -- from 56 back
then to single digits.
However, Brian and his
family members -- Monte,
Angeline and the late
Stephen -- and other staff
ensured the continuity of the
apples section of the exhi-
bition. Locally grown apples
are an integral part of the
Brian s 1965 Eicher tractor
also generates considerable
interest among visitors. It is
quite an attraction of the
Show, and kids love to hop on
it, says Brian.
Brian has had a fruitful
innings and remains as
enthused about the Show this
year as he was four decades
Our only worry is fine
weather, he says.
A slice of the good life
Must visit: The Kumeu Small Land Owners
Association is a popular part of the Kumeu Show.
Up close and personal: Kids love having the
opportunity to meet the different animals.
Fed up with the hustle and bustle of city
living, increasing numbers of people are
choosing to swap suburbia for the fresh air
and wide open spaces of the country.
However, many families find that a move to
a lifestyle block isn t without its challenges.
That s where the Kumeu Small Land
Owners Association can help. Formed in
1978, they provide an invaluable support net-
work for townies taking the plunge into
They ve also been regular exhibitors at the
Kumeu Show for more than 15 years -- using
it as an opportunity to spread the word about
what they do and offer membership to
When they first started exhibiting, their
small stand could have been easily missed,
but now there s no chance of that happening!
Today the Kumeu Small Land Owners
Association occupy a large area which
showcases the many animals favoured by
lifestyle block owners.
Our area is extremely popular with the
many show visitors who are keen to experi-
ence a small slice of country life, long term
club member Glyn Taylor says.
The kids and adults just love seeing the
animals -- they get so much out of it.
Animals on display this year include baby
piglets, calves, kids (baby goats), chickens,
friendly sheep, lop eared rabbits and hope-
fully a pony or two.
There ll even be a specially set up pond
which will be home to half a dozen ducks, as
well as plenty of space to sit and relax or
enjoy a picnic lunch.
Glyn says that the Kumeu Show today is
quite different from how it would have been
in the early years, when its primary focus
was to bring farmers together to share know-
ledge, view and purchase new products and
enter themselves, their stock and their pro-
duce in the various competitions.
Now it also caters to people like myself
who are living on lifestyle blocks and looking
for new and interesting ways to use their
You'll find the Kumeu Small Land Owners
Association area to the left of the main
entrance off Access Rd. Make sure you come
and see them at the Kumeu Show to find out
more about what they do and meet the animals.
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