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

 

Records broken and record crowds for the Hilux Rural Games

12 March 2018

Records broken and record crowds for the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games

More than 30,000 people participated in Hilux New Zealand Rural Games activities in Palmerston North over the weekend.

New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis says the weekend weather was nothing short of spectacular after a cool start on Friday.

“It was so fantastic to see people of all ages trying out different things from tree climbing to digger driving to gumboot throwing. We are proud that our events are free. This is only possible for the generosity of our sponsors,” says Mrs Kouvelis.

“Friday was fabulous for Feilding as thousands attended the Property Brokers Running of the Wools and that evening the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards were held in front of a sell-out crowd.”

During the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games two World Records were broken.

On Sunday evening Ricki Paewai and Kris Richards knocked out a new world record in Egg Catch and Throw with a massive 85.96m throw and catch. The duo took the previous world record off fellow New Zealanders Robbie Hollander and Nick Hornstein which was set in Swanton England in 2017.

Taranaki arborist Nicky Ward-Allen broke the world record for the foot lock at 19:55 seconds - the previous world record 20.17 seconds was gained in 2015 in Tampa Florida by Jamielee Kempton. The Eltham resident has previously held the world record for the fastest footlock in 2010. Back then the competition was based on a height of 12metres, and Ward-Allen completed it in 13.26seconds in Chicago, USA.

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games founder Steve says the fourth annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games was the best yet.

“Our Trust Board is focused on achieving two major aims – celebrating rural sports that helped build our nation and bring country and city kids together to help close the rural-urban divide,” says Mr Hollander.

“Every year this event grows from strength to strength. We’re now the largest event between Mystery Creek and Wellington. We’re aware the weekend brought large numbers of people to Palmerston North for the weekend with many local hotels were full and the Plaza shopping mall having its biggest weekend since the New Year,” says Mr Hollander

I want to publicly thank Toyota, Fonterra, Husqvarna, C B Norwood and Property Brokers for their unflinching support. All our sponsors and volunteers have contributed to a massive weekend of entertainment, and we have delivered an event that drew families in from across the country.”

It was fabulous to see so many sporting and media starts in town for the event – it was a real chance for young people to see their heroes and get in and have a go themselves. I also want to thank the people of Palmerston North and Manawatu for their hospitality – everyone had a smile on their faces! Thank you.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Preview: Your Heart Looks Like A Vagina By Dominic Hoey

Dominic Hoey’s one-man show Your Heart Looks Like a Vagina, is a dark comedy about the joys of living with autoimmune disease. This one man show will bring together Dominic Hoey’s long career as a performance poet and writer and the experimental theatre experience of Director Nisha Madhan.. More>>

Let The Games Begin: PM Sends Best Wishes To Athletes

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has sent her warm wishes to the New Zealand athletes preparing for the opening of the Commonwealth Games on Australia’s Gold Coast... More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review of Books: Martin Edmonds' The Expatriates

This book is an extension of, and tribute to, the life’s work of James McNeish. Without sacrificing any degree of authorial independence, the result is gracefully written, handsomely produced, and likely to propagate many further works of its kind. More>>

Max Rashbrooke Review: The King's Singers and Voices New Zealand

To be good at one thing is impressive; to be so versatile across a range of genres is truly exceptional. More>>

Joe Cederwall Review: WOMAD 2018 - Harmony of Difference (part 1)

A friend described WOMAD as his “favourite white middle class celebration of diversity.” There is certainly an echo of truth to this as the crowd is still largely white and middle class, but this WOMAD for me represented that a better world is possible ... More>>

Harmony of Difference (part 2)

Top international world music artists seldom make it down to this neck of the woods, so for those of us into this sort of thing WOMAD is certainly a welcome addition to the cultural calendar. Now it is a case of waiting and looking forward to seeing what they manage to conjure up for next year. More>>

Howard Davis Review: A Bigger Splash - Te Papa Celebrates Twenty Years

Considering the available resources, this is a decidedly hit-and-miss affair, mainly due to some highly questionable curatorial decisions. In their overweening wish to "push boundaries," Charlotte Davy and Megan Tamati-Quennell have made a number of serious miscalculations by ignoring a basic rule - keep it simple. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland