Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search


French connection at Te Kuiti speedshear

French connection at Te Kuiti speedshear

An international shearing competition with a difference will take place as 2019 World Chmpionships hosts France make another move on the international stage in Te Kuiti tomorrow night (Friday).

Competing in a special male and female teams at the second North Island Speedshear Chmpionship at the Waitete Rugby Club will be brother-and-sister Thimoleon and Jalle Resneau.

The pair have been shearing in King Country and will be matched with prominent senior-class New Zealand shearer Catherine Mullooly and the top qualifier from the night’s Open-class speedshear heats.

It is part of a special French connection on the night with the first presentation of a trophy commemorating New Zealand shearer Beau St George, who was killed in a road crash in France last April.

Most of the North Island’s top Open and Senior shearers are expected in Te Kuiti for the Speedshear, which kicks-off the post-Christmas season across the mid-upper North island, followed by another Speedshear in Bay of Plenty township Te Puna on Saturday night, and the Tauranga A and P Lifestyle Show shearing championships on Sunday.

The Te Kuiti event offers prizes worth more than $6500, including a $2000 Open final first prize. It was won last year by 2014 World Champion Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith, with a time of 19.4 seconds for his single sheep, while there was a further international influence in the Senior final won by Chris Rowberry, from England.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Off The Hidden Path - Five Los Angeles Treasures (Part I)

The immense cultural diversity of LA provides an extraordinary variety of lifestyles and arhcitecture. Here are five 'hidden' destinations where the discerning traveller can appreciate and enjoy this unique and constantly evolving metropolis. More>>

City Of 100 Lovers: Multi-Million Dollar NZ Theatre Production To Launch

Produced in New Zealand with an $8 million budget, this musical comedy has been created with both locals and tourists in mind. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Outsider Art of Tony Fomison

Among such gifted contemporaries as Bill Hammond, Tony de la Tour, and printmaker Jason Grieg, Fomison distinguished himself as highly idiosyncratic, and could have become wealthy, had not his demons prevented him from investing his income wisely. In his near monochrome oil painting on black hessian, he staked out a territory of morbid originality. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Immortal Love

The series has a wild-west tone with a steampunk vibe, so if you’re a fan of Joss Whedon’s Firefly or Joe Abercrombie’s Shattered Sea, then chances are you’ll enjoy this book. More>>

Howard Davis Review: The Trappings of Success - McQueen

This troubling documentary about the extraordinary life and untimely death of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen is a cautionary tale of an extremely gifted, but self-destructive soul caught up in a business that chews up and spits out its creative talent. More>>

Indycars: Dixon Wins Fifth US Championship

The New Zealand motor racing driver Scott Dixon has won the US Indycar championship for the fifth time, finishing second in the final race of the season in Sonoma, California. More>>




  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland