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Drama For Sheep Shearing Record Attempt

Drama For Sheep Shearing Record Attempt

There's been drama in a King Country woolshed this afternoon with a powercut threatening the shearing ambitions of local Stacey Te Kuiti as he races towards a new World ewes record for eight hours.

Chasing 578 and well ahead of the required pace with 451 shorn at the three-quarter stage, Te Huia was stopped by a powercut in the shed at Moketenui Station just as the fourth and final run of two hours was about to get under way.

Te Kuiti faultmen Michael Cornelius and Mal McQuilkin raced to the remote shed off State Highway 30 between Te Kuiti and Benneydale, and soon discovered the fault, a blown pole fuse a few metres from the shed where the crowd had grown to about 100 to urge the 30-year-old shearer towards his goal.

Power was soon back on and the race resumed 40 minutes' behind time, and is now due to ends at 5.40pm.
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