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Welcome to Shearing Sports New Zealand

Shearing Sports New Zealand oversees about 60 shearing sports competitions run by individual local organisations through out the North and South islands, including machine shearing, blade shearing, woolhandling and wool pressing. The major events are the world-famous Golden Shears in Masterton on March 3-5 and the New Zealand championships in Te Kuiti on March 31-April 2, but the World's best shearers and woolhandlers can be seen in action throughout the country almost every week. Events include transtasman shearing and woolhandling matches, and a shearing test match series against Wales, while New Zealand hosts the next World Championships in Invercargill on February 9-11, 2017. This would not be possible without the support of hundreds of committed, passionate and very loyal volunteers and sponsors.


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Media Releases:

Nott repeats Marlborough and Top of the South double - November 07, 2015
Part-time Blenheim shearer Tony Nott today(November 7) won the Marlborough and Top of the South open finals double for the third time in four years....

Coster ends long wait for Pleasant Point win - November 07, 2015
New Zealand representative Tony Coster won the Pleasant Point Gymkhana Shears Open final for the first time in 11 years today (November 7).....

World Championships 2017 to be held in Invercargill - November 06, 2015
The next World shearing and woolhandling championships will be held in Invercargill on February 9-11, 2017....

New shearing pavilion at Marlborough Show - November 05, 2015
There'll be a bit of luxury at the Marlborough A and P Show on Saturday with the opening of a new pavilion.....

The guns are ready to fire at Pleasant Point - November 04, 2015
The Pleasant Point Gymkhana Shears on Saturday(November 7) are shaping as an unofficial South Island championship as the best of Canterbury prepare to welcome an invasion from the south.....

Buick and Kahukura land double for the Kiwis in Warrnambool - November 04, 2015
Pongaroa shearer David Buick successfully defended the Romney Shears Australian crossbred championship title in another New Zealand domination of the final at the Warrnambool Show on Saturday....

Pere breaks through for first Senior win - November 02, 2015
A big year just became even bigger for Gisborne shearer Bevan Pere as he won the first Senior shearing title of his career at the Wairarapa A and P Show at Clareville, Carterton, on Saturday....

Pyper bags second win of season at Ashburton - November 01, 2015
Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper has put the pressure on New Zealand transtasman series teammate Tony Coster in the race for the Canterbury Circuit by winning the Ashburton A and P Show Open final on Saturday (October 31)....

Congratulations, Phil Morrison - October 28, 2015
Golden Shears president Philip Morrison was named Official of the Year at the Tararua Sports Awards on October 16...

Wairarapa show - Golden opportunity - October 28, 2015
A window of opportunity Opens for anyone looking to chalk up a win in the big-time at the Wairarapa Spring Shears on Saturday...

Close competition looms at Ashburton - October 27, 2015
Champion all-breeds shearer Tony Coster isn't taking anything for granted as he lines up the opposition this Saturday at Ashburton, another of the regular happy hunting grounds in Canterbury....

Coster wins No 5 at Rangiora - October 24, 2015
National representative Tony Coster won his fifth Northern A and P Show Shears Open title in a row at Rangiora today...

Woolhandling champion beaten by first time winner at Royal Show - October 23, 2015
There was a string of firsts all-round as the Great Raihania Shears were held at the Royal Show in Hastings today....

Taking on The Bay - a Royal chance - October 20, 2015
It'll be The Rest taking on Hawke's Bay in the Great Raihania Shears Open shearing at the Royal Show in Hastings on Friday, despite the absence of injured 2013 and 2014 winner Cam Ferguson....

Will anyone tip-over Coster at Rangiora? - October 20, 2015
The undisputed king of shearing in Canterbury will be gunning for a fifth consecutive Northern A and P Show title at Rangiora on Saturday, and welcomes the any competition going....

Pyper masters the Masters at Ellesmere - October 19, 2015
Invercargill shearer Troy Pyper has had his second Open-class win by beating two fellow New Zealand representatives in one of the best-quality Ellesmere A and P Show Open finals in several years at Leeston on Saturday (October 17)...

Kirkpatrick back in charge at Gizzy Show - October 19, 2015
Multiple shearing champion John Kirkpatrick has bounced back to winning form after a year off with injury...

Waimate Shears NZ Spring Shrearing Champs - October 11, 2015
New Zealand has extended its unbeaten record in blade shearing tests against Australia with victory in the latest match on Saturday (October 10) at the Waimate Shears in South Canterbury...

Aussie Boyle wins sixth New Zealand merino shearing title - October 05, 2015
New Zealand shearers have again been unable to break Australian gun Damien Boyle's stranglehold on New Zealand only merino shearing title...
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2014/2015 Competition Directory

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New Zealand wool is recognised internationally for its quality and consistency as a result of the partnership between sheep farmers, wool harvesters and processors. The skills of shearers, wool handlers and pressers maximise the value of the wool grown throughout the country and help maintain New Zealand's proud tradition as a producer of the world's finest wools.

Shearing Sports New Zealand - our role...

  • Manage the delivery of over 60 shearing, wool handling and pressing competitions throughout New Zealand annually

  • Establish, promote and measure national quality standards in all wool harvesting disciplines at all competitions

  • Profile and promote New Zealand wools and wool products at all national and international competitions

  • Promote professionalism among all people working in our industry by setting and maintaining standards at all events

  • Support professional development and training through partnerships with the Agriculture Industry Training Organisation and Tectra to ensure that people in the industry work to high and consistent standards

  • Work alongside New Zealand farmers and shearing contractors to ensure the quality of our wool is maintained and improved through the harvesting process

  • Showcase the opportunities our industry presents young people as a career, and provide them support and mentoring through training and competition

Shearing Sports New Zealand - Life Members...

  • Robin Kidd

  • Hugh McCarroll MNZM

  • John Fagan MBE

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