Nightcaps Young Farmers to celebrate 500th meeting next month

Posted by on 10 January 2019 | Comments

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One of Southland’s NZ Young Farmers clubs is preparing to celebrate a milestone in its long history.

Nightcaps Young Farmers, which was established in 1953, will hold its 500th meeting next month.

“It’s a major achievement. That’s 65 years of helping hundreds of young people make life-long friends,” said club member Justin Oostveen.

To mark the occasion a special meeting and dinner is being held at the Nightcaps Town Hall on February 9th.

All current and former members, and general supporters of the club, are invited.

“We’ve been trawling through old meeting minutes to find the names of people who’ve been part of the club’s executive over the years,” he said.

“It’s been a bit of a headache trying to track people down.”

“Some people have moved out of the district. Others have got married, so their last name has changed,” said Justin.

Justin contract milks 720 cows at Wreys Bush and has been a member of Nightcaps Young Farmers for almost five years.

“Sometimes it can be a struggle to meet other like-minded people,” he said.

“The thing I like most about NZ Young Farmers is that it encourages people to be social and it makes it easier to make friends.”

The Nightcaps Town Hall has seating capacity for about 230 people and organisers are hoping for a strong turnout.

“We want former members who have lost touch and haven’t seen each other for years to come along for a good catch up,” he said.

Current committee members Alanah Vinson, Alexis Muir, Allen Gregory, Andrew Cowie, Chris Malcolm, Hayden King, Megan Dyer, Melissa Hamilton and Victoria Butterick have all put in a huge effort to organise the event. 

The meeting is being sponsored by Rural Livestock.

Anyone with club memorabilia can contact Justin on 027 773 4139 or email

Tickets for the event, which includes dinner, supper and a live band, are $55 per person and can be purchased through