Fun in the sun at A&P Show

Last updated 08:15 26/11/2012

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Whether it was lizards, llamas, woodchopping, hovercraft, or even employment, the Nelson A & P Show had something for everyone at the weekend.

Beautiful weather saw huge crowds at the annual show, held at the Richmond showgrounds.

As well as food, entertainment and agricultural products and services, one part of the show had something else to offer: jobs.

The Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team had a spacious interactive bus promoting job opportunities down south.

With air-conditioning and an array of high-tech presentations, the bus was a popular spot, with plenty of people from the region came in to have a look at the jobs available and take a brochure.

Presenter Tony Doake said the bus was on a tour of the South Island, hoping to encourage at least 1000 people to apply for work in rebuilding Christchurch's infrastructure.

People applying only needed to be over 16-years-old and have a valid driver's licence, and all training would be paid for.

Once applicants had completed the training they would then be hired by one of five construction firms working on the rebuild.

Although there had been few registrations on Saturday afternoon, plenty of people had taken a brochure, with some parents saying they would be telling their teenaged children.

The bus will be at Richmond Mall tomorrow, and the team planned to talk to Work and Income clients this morning.

Watching musical act Keirin early Saturday afternoon, Motueka High School student Rebecca Adams, 17, said she was enjoying the atmosphere.

The baby animals in the Animal Nursery had been a particular highlight, she said.

Inside the Animal Nursery, Waimea Intermediate School student Harry Grimwood was teaching people about lizards and other reptiles.

"Exotic lizards are quite cool, but they are really hard to maintain. I have been trying to tell people to attract native lizards to their gardens."

The best way to do this was to make their gardens messy.

Meanwhile, Emma Westenra, 10, had a chance to hold Mr Bunnykins, a jersey blue rabbit.

"It's really cute and fluffy," she said.

While she wanted to get a rabbit of her own, she was not sure whether her dog, a Jack Russell, would get on with such a pet.

Outside, Charlotte Busch, 7, had just finished riding a horse named Spice.

This was not her first ride, but this one was special because she could see rabbits running through the fields from her vantage point in the saddle, she said.

Her next port of call was to try out the Zorb challenge.

Looking at the llamas was the Peterson family, who had a little bit of land out at Mapua, and were at the show on a "fact-finding mission".

Mum Sue said she thought the llamas were wonderful.

"They look lovely and relaxed, I was inviting them home because we have plenty of gorse for them to eat."

Daughter Vivian, on holiday from her home in London, said this was her first A & P Show, and she had not been sure what to expect.

"I just watched the woodchopping competition, it was very exciting, we were on the edge of our seats."

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Feeling dizzy after 10 minutes on the Round Up ride, Jared Carston, 9, who also helped in the Animal Nursery, said he was having a fun day, with the ride a highlight.

But friend Hamish Grant-Sands, 9, disagreed, saying the ride was not fast enough for him.

"Next time I'm going to pay them to go faster," he said.

- Nelson

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