Thursday, April 28, 2011

Celebrating our agricultural heritage

What better setting to launch the history of the Auckland Agricultural & Pastoral Association than the ASB Showgrounds, on the eve of the annual Royal Easter Show? 

This was the venue for the 20 April official release of Agricultural Heritage, Hugh Stringleman’s detailed and colourful history of one of the country’s oldest organisations. Founded in 1843, the ‘A&P’ has played a key role in the advancement of scientific farming as an engine of economic growth in Auckland and the nation as a whole.

Hugh wrote the work over three years, with close assistance by the late Graeme Hunt, one of a rare breed of business historians in New Zealand.

Launching the book, the Rt Hon Lockwood Smith, Speaker of the House and himself a keen competitor in the Easter Show, praised the thorough account of the personalities and events that have distinguished the A&P through its 167 years.

Bruce Orr, president of the Auckland Agricultural & Pastoral Association, lauded Hugh Stringleman as New Zealand’s pre-eminent agricultural journalist, and expressed his appreciation for his contribution.
Oratia Media published the book for the Association, and is distributing it nationwide through Publishers Distribution Limited. For orders or more information contact, phone 09 828 2999. 

Click here for a review of Agricultural Heritage on Beattie's Book Blog.

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