Covid cans New Zealand Agricultural Show for second year

The New Zealand Agricultural Show has been cancelled for the second consecutive time with no end to the current restrictions in sight.

Scheduled to begin in Canterbury on November 10, the organisers said they simply “couldn’t make it work”.

“We’re hugely disappointed but we have no option, given that there’s no indication when we will come out of Alert Level 2,” Board chair Stewart Mitchell told the NZ Herald.

“We worked through a variety options to see if we could make it work, but with only 35 days to go, it’s not viable.”

Mitchell said the event costs around NZ$1 million to stage which was too much to gamble on restrictions easing in time for the opening.

“Much of the cost is committed in the lead in to the show at the start of October and we just can’t take the risk in the hope of a drop to level 1,” he said.

“Hope is not a good strategy.”

Instead, the show will be downsized to a series of smaller events with no public attendance.