Farmstrong is taking its comedy shows on the road to flood-affected Pukekohe and Te Aroha.
The move follows the success of similar events in Hawke’s Bay last year.
The 2024 event series is supported by FMG, the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Rural Support Trust and will see comedians John Carr, Pax Assadi, Courtney Dawson and Tarun Mohanbhai line up for a night of entertainment in front of a crowd of farmers and growers.
Farmstrong Ambassador Sam Whitelock visited Pukekohe last year and reflected on the need to keep the community coming together in good times and bad.
“Pukekohe and the Waikato region in particular were badly impacted by last year’s cyclone and severe weather. There were large crop losses, slips on farm and many roads impassable resulting in isolated communities,” he said.
“Following a tough season, this region is getting back on its feet and the Farmstrong comedy nights are a great opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the good times.”
Staying connected with mates is one of the five ways to wellbeing highlighted by Farmstrong. The comedy nights are designed to do just that.
“The Five Ways to Wellbeing make a big difference. They have a positive, cumulative effect over time and give you something to draw on when you are under pressure. They also make you healthier and more productive on the farm,” Whitelock said.
The two shows are scheduled for:
• Wednesday February 21: Silver Fern Farms Event Centre, Te Aroha, tickets $20
Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.30pm.
• Thursday February 22: Franklin Club, Pukekohe, tickets $20
Doors open at 6.30pm. Show starts at 7.00pm.