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


Show Week's Shear Excitement

Show Week's Shear Excitement

Shearers and woolhandlers are gathering in Christchurch for the New Zealand Corriedale Championships at the Canterbury Show in Christchurch today and tomorrow (Thursday and Friday).

More than 80 competitors have entered, including at least five of the six-strong New Zealand team which dominated the World shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill in February, after securing their places as the selection events came to an end at the Canterbury Show last year.

World champion woolhandler Joel Henare, from Gisborne, confirmed last night he will be defending the Canterbury Open title today, trying to emulate the feat of the late Joanne Kumeroa who won the event four times. It was unclear whether World Teams champion partner Maryanne Baty, also from Gisborne, would also compete, but among the entrants is 2006 and 2014 winner Pagan Karauria who finished third in the team selection final last year and just missed a place in the team. The presence of Angelique Miller, from Christchurch, Tina Rimene (Karauria’s mother), from Masterton, and Keryn Herbert, from Te Awamutu, means at least five former winners will be vying for the title.

Woolhandling, including Junior and Senior events, dominates the first day today, which will end with the final of the Canterbury Circuit all-breeds shearing competition, for which the top qualifier is Ant Frew, of Pleasant Point.

World champion machine shearers John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, and Nathan Stratford, of Invercargill, will compete in the Open shearing championship on Friday, Kirkpatrick trying to add to his record of three Corriedales title wins in Christchurch in 2004, 2008 and 2010, while Stratford will be defending the title he won last year, and 11 years earlier, in 2015.

The heats constitute the third leg of the PGG Wrightson Wool National Circuit, and also includes two-times Canterbury Open winner and multiple Canterbury and National circuits winner Tony Coster, of Rakaia.

Tony Dobbs, of Fairlie, will be defending the Canterbury blades shearing title with tough opposition from Geraldine’s Phil Oldfield, with whom he was runner-up in the teams event at the World championships.

But there also will be a fresh challenge to Dobbs’ domination in Oldfield’s son, Allan Oldfield, who has spent most of the last two years overseas, recently dominating several competitions in Australia after winning Open blades finals at the Royal Bath and West Show in England and the Royal Highland Show in Scotland in June.

Possibly the most competitive field will be the Senior shearing, featuring Taumarunui shearer Lionel Taumata, Canterbury-based Chilean international Luis Pincol, Linton Palmer, of Dipton, and Vahni Stringer, of Ranfurly, each of whom has had at least one Senior final win this season.

Their opposition includes Blenheim shearing contractor Sarah Higgins, who last year won the Intermediate shearing final.

Tomorrow’s Intermediate event includes both Allan Oldfield and Kaikoura teenager Marohi Kennedy who will also shear in the blades event. He was pictured in his first blades event, an Intermediate blade shear at Waimateless than six weeks ago.

Competition on both days starts at 7.30am.


© Scoop Media

Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines


Howard Davis: Emerald Fennell's Promising Young Woman'

The Guardian needed not one, but three reviews to do justice to Fennell's unsettling approach, which indicates exactly how ambiguous and controversial its message really is. More>>

Howard Davis: Jill Trevelyan's Rita Angus

Although Angus has become one of Aotearoa’s best-loved painters, the story of her life remained little known and poorly understood before Jill Trevelyan's acclaimed and revelatory biography, which won the Non Fiction Award at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2009, and has now been republished by Te Papa press. More>>

Howard Davis: The Back of the Painting

Painting conservators are the forensic pathologists of the art world. While they cannot bring their subjects back to life, they do provide fascinating insights into the precise circumstances of a painting's creation, its material authenticity, and constructive methodology. More>>

Howard Davis: Black Panthers on the Prowl

A passionate and gripping political drama from Shaka King, this is an informative and instructive tale of human frailty that centers around the charismatic Chicago Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, who was murdered at the age of twenty-one during a police raid. More>>

Howard Davis: Controlling the High Ground

Stephen Johnson's raw and angry film not only poses important questions with scrupulous authenticity, but also provides a timely reminder of the genocidal consequences of casual bigotry and xenophobia. More>>

Howard Davis: Dryzabone - Robert Conolly's The Dry

After the terrible devastation caused by last year’s bushfires, which prompted hundreds of Australians to shelter in the ocean to escape incineration and destroyed uncountable amounts of wildlife, The Dry has been released during a totally different kind of dry spell. More>>

Howard Davis: Hit the Road, Jack - Chloé Zhao's Nomadland

Nomadland is perhaps the ultimately 'road' movie as it follows a group of dispossessed and disenfranchised vagabonds who find a form of communal refuge in camp sites and trailer parks after the economic contraction of 2008. More>>



  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland