The National, Wednesday July 3rd, 2013
THE legal entity which ran the famous Goroka Show for the last four years will no longer be involved in its management.
This follows the appointment of business woman, Kearyn Hargreaves, as the new head of the Goroka Show Society by Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso last Friday.
Secretary of Eastern Highlands Agricultural Society, Thomas Solepa Arganisafa and president, Wilson Thompson Orlegge, yesterday paid tribute to the outgoing chairman of the Goroka Show, Gideon Samuel, for his tireless efforts in making sure it was staged annually from 2009 to 2012 despite the lack of financial support from the Eastern Highlands provincial government.
They also commended the Goroka Chamber of Commerce and Industry for keeping the show alive when it took management from 2004 to 2008.
They said it was the efforts of the chamber that brought back the confidence of the private sector.
“The chamber is accredited for developing and funding the Goroka Show website www.gorokashow.com , which is a popular website that provides updated information,” Thompson said.
The society also paid tribute to traditional sponsors such as SP Brewery, Coca-Cola Amatil and many others who had contributed significantly over the years to sustain the staging of the oldest show in the Country.
“These include Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, National Gaming Control Board, Bank South Pacific, Ramu Agri Industries, Lae Biscuit Company, Nowek, New Guinea Fruit Company, and Coffee Industry Corporation,” Thompson said.
The society also paid tribute to patron and Minister for Lands and Physical Planning, Benny Allan, for his support over the years.
They called on Governor Soso to increase the funding to K300,000.