March 09, 2020
Te Waipounamu strong showing in Golden Shears
South Island Māori competitors took home some of the big titles at the 60th Golden Shears competition at Masterton over the weekend.
Doug Laing from Shearing Sports New Zealand says the event attracted more than 500 competitors, harking back to the competition's heyday when the country was shearing twice as many sheep.
He says it's a hard sport to break into, given the strength of some of the elite performers.
Joel Henare won the Golden Shears open woolhandling final for the eight-year in a row, Brandon Maguire-Ratima from Winton won the senior shearing final, Amber Poihipi from Ohai won the senior wool handling final, and from the North Island, Roland Smith again won the open shearing championship.
New Zealand also won the doubleheader test with Australia after five years of losses.
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