After the cancellation of the 2020 event following the first COVID-19 lockdown and the postponement of last year’s event, Sika Show returns on 26 and 27 February 2022.
The annual show, which is under new management, has also been moved to a new location after a steady increase in interest seen from hunters, outdoor enthusiasts, and commercial exhibitors.
“Mystery Creek in Hamilton provides a quality purpose-built indoor, all-weather venue with ample parking (something that was severely lacking in Taupo given the growth of the show) and adequate facilities all around to host the event,” the organisers said.
Along with a $35,000 LVB Jet Boat door prize, a large range of hunting and outdoor products on display, and over $30,000 worth of prizes up for grabs in the Annual Head Competition, the event will see a Pest and Native Bird Hunt for children to enjoy and enter to win one of three prizes, the National Duck and Goose Calling Competition, and the Annual Deer Roaring Competition.
“The NZ Tahr Foundation also has a new national competition, scoring system, and trophy dedicated to the Duke of Bedford, which will be run and presented at the Sika Show,” the organisers said.
The focus of this year’s event is promoting hunter conservation through education and awareness around what hunters can do to better manage game animals, native species, and forest habitats, as well as collectively come together to support and help the various hunting foundations, clubs, and associations throughout New Zealand.
“We have every major hunting and conservation association, foundation, club, and organisation attending, which has never been achieved before, and we have set up a specific education/conservation zone in the show where people can talk to the various organisations that manage their local game species and forest parks and look at joining in membership and supporting them.”
The show will also fundraise for several causes every year.
“This year, $1 from every door ticket sold will be donated to the Central North Island Sika Foundation for their various conservation projects as well as funding for NZ Hunters for Conservation and the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter that does an amazing job servicing the Taupo region and is Kaimanawa Sika Hunters’ emergency evacuation first responder if they ever get into serious trouble while out in the Kaimanawa Forest Park,” the organisers said.
As with other events, the show will be open to attendees with a COVID-19 vaccine pass.
“We are still projecting an attendance in excess of 10,000 people under this framework given the central location to a very large population base.”
A complete exhibitor list, head competition entry form and rules, and ticket information can be found at sikashow.co.nz.