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Shearing Sports New Zealand congratulates our own Rowland Smith for winning the shearing title at the World championships in Ireland, and the rest of the team of John Kirkpatrick, Ronnie Goss, Joel Henare, Tony Dobbs and Brian Thomson, who were all among the prize money. Coming up soon is the Elders Primary Wool UK tour. Full details on this web site, and follow us on facebook.

View the latest competition directory online here

The competition dates for
2014/2015 competitions
can be viewed on this pdf.

Shearing Results

World Championships 2014
results click here

BREAKING NEWS



Media Releases:



King rules again at Poverty Bay Show - October 19, 2014
World record holder and former Golden Shears champion shearer Dion King showed he still has the winning touch when he claimed his fifth Poverty Bay A and P Shears Open title in Gisborne yesterday...

Henare makes it three-in-a-row at Gisborne - October 19, 2014
New Master Woolhandler Joel Henare continued an unbeaten start to the new shearing sports season with a triumphant homecoming in Gisborne yesterday, thanks to an aunt who shouted the air fare, and a friend who put him up for the night...

Young guns get their moment at Ellesmere Show - October 19, 2014
Inclusion in the North Canterbury Development Circuit helped boost entries in the lower grades at the Ellesmere A and P Show Shears at Leeston on Saturday...

Lightning Ferguson claims Waimate win No 3 - October 12, 2014
Former World and Golden Shears champion Cam Ferguson put in one of the fastest times in the 47 years of the Waimate Shears open title to successfully defend the New Zealand Spring Shears open title and claim the honours for a third time on Saturday (Oct 11)...

Wool champ Henare scores Waimate title at last - October 12, 2014
Young Gisborne dad Joel Henare continued his triumphant rebound from the disappointment of an unsuccessful World title defence earlier this year when he won the New Zealand Spring Shears open woolhandling final in Waimate yesterday (Oct 11)...

Top blades shearers confirmed for Waimate test - October 09, 2014
A rematch of two of the World's top blade shearing teams is set for the Waimate Shears on Saturday with confirmation both New Zealand and Australia will be the same sides that finished second and third in this year's World Championships...

Where have all the trophies gone? - October 06, 2014
The absence of an important trophy from the presentations at the New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra on Saturday highlights a long-standing issue which over the years has taken some of the shine off winning titles throughout the country...

Australian nails Kiwi merino shears title - again - October 06, 2014
New Zealand's best finewool shearers have again failed to wrestle their big title back from Australian Damien Boyle who won a record fifth consecutive New Zealand Merino open championship in Alexandra on Saturday...

Shear fun weekend at national champs in Alexandra - October 03, 2014
Many of New Zealand's top shearers and woolhandlers are gathered in the Central Otago town of Alexandra for the New Zealand Merino Championships which open the Shearing Sports New Zealand season today and tomorrow...

A fine shear needed to beat Ockers in finewool champs - October 01, 2014
The two Kiwi shearers beaten by a West Australian team in a finewool shearing match in Perth on Saturday have returned home determined to break an Australian stranglehold on New Zealand's big finewool title this week in the Central Otago town of Alexandra...
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2013/2014 Competition Directory


Download a full copy of the current competition directory by clicking here or view online here.

All events are listed online under North Island Competition Dates or South Island Competition Dates.


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

  • John Fagan





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