Comedy night with a serious message a hit with Taranaki farmers

A comedy show designed to get Taranaki farmers off their farms and laughing is a roaring success.

A crowd of 140 people packed the Kapuni War Memorial Hall on Saturday night for the Farmstrong comedy show.

It was the first of five Farmstrong comedy nights being held from Tangiteroria to Winton over the next two months.

The show was supported by the Rural Support Trust, alongside Farmstrong and NZ Young Farmers.

"We have been making a big effort to raise awareness about the importance of members looking after their mental wellbeing," said Matthew Herbert, who is chair of the district's five NZ Young Farmers clubs.

Comedy night with a serious message a hit with Taranaki farmers

The Farmstrong rural wellness programme encourages farmers to be active, connect with others and embrace new experiences.

Comedians Paul Ego, Justine Smith, Tevita Manukia and Darren Jardine had the audience roaring with laughter.

Paul Ego, Jessie Waite and Darren Jardine at the comedy night in Taranaki.
Paul Ego, Jessie Waite and Darren Jardine at the comedy night in Taranaki. Photo credit: Supplied.

"It was great to get off the farm and have a laugh with the neighbours," said Tariki contract milker Kenzie Bellringer.

The night was also a hit with the comedians.

"What Farmstrong is doing is brilliant, it's healthy to have a good laugh," said Mr Ego.

"For us, getting out of Auckland to do these gigs is so much fun, even if it is in the middle of nowhere," Ms Smith joked with the crowd.

Comedy night with a serious message a hit with Taranaki farmers

 

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