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Kiwi Golden Pliers champion attempting world first

24 November 2004

Kiwi Golden Pliers champion attempting world first

Fencing contractor Wayne Newdick will attempt a world first battening record on Friday, 26 November. He will endeavour to batten a nine wire, three batten fence hammering 70 battens an hour by hand with a hammer for eight hours.

Mr Newdick has been involved with fencing since his first appearance in the Golden Pliers in 1978 and is well known in the rural sector for his high fencing standards. In 2002 he was the Golden Pliers Singles Fencing Champion and for the past four years has been the doubles champion. Wayne is also a keen deer hunter and fisherman. He is looking forward to his record setting fencing attempt.

“I can’t wait to get out there and start fencing. Hopefully other fencers will take up the challenge and try to break my record, although I hope they don’t do it on the first try! I’m aiming to set the benchmark high and we’ll see how long it lasts.” says Mr Newdick.

Mr Newdick will try to maintain a pace of two hours on and half an hour off during the attempt which will take place on John Fagan’s property at Mangapehi, starting at 7am and finishing at 5pm. The work will be judged according to standards used at the National Fieldays “Golden Pliers” Competition to ensure that there is a high standard of workmanship to guide future challengers. The judges will be Leith Chick, chair of the judging panel at the National Fieldays, and Mr Fagan, winner of both the Golden Pliers and Golden Shears and former chair of the judging panel at the National fieldays.


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