Hilux New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz Sports that built the nation - Palmerston North, New Zealand 9-11 March 2018 Thu, 10 Jan 2019 21:11:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.3 68640551 Kiwi sporting legend honoured with new Rural Sports Award https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/kiwi-sporting-legend-honoured-with-new-rural-sports-award/ Sun, 18 Nov 2018 23:23:31 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2564 It’s time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in for the prestigious annual Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards. The Awards celebrate the cream of New Zealand’s rural sportspeople and will be presented at a gala function on Friday 8 March 2019, as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebration in Palmerston... View Article

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It’s time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in for the prestigious annual Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards.

The Awards celebrate the cream of New Zealand’s rural sportspeople and will be presented at a gala function on Friday 8 March 2019, as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebration in Palmerston North.

The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background Award is a new addition to the awards for 2019. It will honour an athlete from any sports code who comes from a rural background. The award puts a spotlight on the contributions of rural people to the wider New Zealand’s sporting community.
“Many of New Zealand’s greatest athletes have come from rural backgrounds,” says award patron Sir Brian Lochore.

“The challenges for rural athletes can be great, including lack of facilities, lack of coaching, and immense distances travelled to train and compete. I’m delighted to be associated with an award that recognises the extra challenges these athletes have had to meet and overcome to achieve success in their fields and the contribution they have made to New Zealand.”
Allflex Asia-Pacific and China Chief Executive, Shane McManaway is delighted to be sponsoring the new award.
“Allflex is all about excellence, commitment and performance in the rural sector, so sponsoring an award acknowledging the excellence, commitment and performance of athletes from rural backgrounds made perfect sense to us.”

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at Norwood, said Sir Brian is a living Kiwi legend who has been a great friend to rural sports for generations, so it is right to honour him.

“We had a fantastic array of nominees and the winners of the 2018 Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards. They are outstanding Kiwi shearers, tree climbers, fencers, riders, wood choppers and administrators, and I am sure 2019 will be no different.
Nominations are now open for:

  • The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year
  • The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
  • The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
  • The Levno Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry.
  • The Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award
  • The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background

The 2018 winners were multiple international tree-climbing championship winner Chrissy Spence, New Zealand and World Champion shearer John Kirkpatrick, young international rodeo rider Tegan O’Callaghan, shearing sports administrator Jude McNabb and multi-award-winning fencer Paul van Beers.

Nominations close at the end of January 2019 and finalists will be announced in February 2019.

Later this year, speakers at the awards will be announced and tickets are available from Kris Taylor at Taylored Events on 021 488 424 or email kris@tayloredevents.co.nz. Tickets are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first-in-first-served basis.

For more information:
Steve Hollander
Founder Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards
021973207

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Records broken and record crowds for the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/records-broken-record-crowds-hilux-new-zealand-rural-games/ Mon, 12 Mar 2018 03:54:56 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2280 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... View Article

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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 Riki 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 anecdotally some retailers had their 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.”

For more information:

Steve Hollander
021973207

Official 2018 Hilux New Zealand Rural Fames Results

Wiremark and Stockade NZ Speed Fencing Championship with Skellerup, founded by FCANZ

1st Tony Bouskill Hawke’s Bay
2nd Shane Bouskill Hawke’s Bay
3rd  Sam Burton Cambridge
4th Haydon Walton Gisborne
5th Nick Terry Waikouaiti
6th Troy Brooky King Country
7th John Graham Manawatu
8th Byrne Maxted Feilding
9th Alistair Hokamau Hawke’s Bay

 ITM Highland Games Heavies Trans-Tasman Competition 

1st Team  New Zealand
1st Kiwi Jono MacFarlane
1st Aussie Luke Reynolds

Skellerup NZ Gumboot Throwing Championship

North Island vs South Island – winner North Island 

1st Men Kieran Fowler Dunedin 41.58
2nd Men James Kellow 41.49
3rd Men Brent Newdick 40.72
1st Women Kirstin Churchward 31.61
2nd Women Ariana Hanson 28.36
3rd Women Dell Adams 27.42

HeliSolutions and Tiger Turf Olive Stone Spit 

1st Men Riki Paewai 10.72
2nd Men Clinton Thompson 10.70
3rd Men Nick Hornstein  9.95
1st Women Kayla Hyland 7.60
2nd Women Rochelle 6.50
3rd Women Nelly 6.10

Husqvarna ANZAXE Trans-Tasman Wood Chopping Championship in association with Cutting Edge Sport

1st Overall Shane Jordan NZ
2nd Overall Kody Steers Australia
3rd Overall Jack Jordan NZ
4th Overall Josh Adamson Australia
5th Overall Neil Hateley NZ
6th Overall David McIntosh Australia
7th Overall Jesse Whitehead  NZ
8th Overall Jarrod Williams Australia
Winning Sawyer Kody Steers Australia
Winning Axeman Shane Jordan NZ
Teams Event 1st New Zealand Time: 57.19
Teams Event 2nd Australia Time: 60.97

Interislander & Harness Racing – NZ Harness Gearing Up Championship

1st Place Dylan Ferguson 2.50.5
2nd Place Kyle Marshall 3.28.0
3rd Place Jay Abernethy 3.37.0

Guardian Trees and Treetech – NZ Speed Tree Climbing Trans-Tasman Championship

1st Overall Man Burton Allen-Hall Australia
1st Overall Woman Chrissy Spence New Zealand
2nd  Craig Wilson New Zealand
3rd  James Gigliotti Australia
1st  Overall Team New Zealand 316.81 points
2nd Overall Team Australia 302.29 points

Speed Tree Climbing

FOOT LOCK TIME
James Gigliotti 13.59 sec
Craig Wilson 13.92 sec
Zane Wedding 15.32 sec
Tiago de Assis Miranda  15.53 sec
Barton Allen-Hall 17.72 sec
Jamie Boston 27.39 sec
Maja Blasch 29.03 sec
Chrissy Spence 35.42 sec
WORK CLIMB POINTS
Barton Allen-Hall 73.35
Craig Wilson 67.61
James Gigliotti 65.32
Jamie Boston 65.17
Chrissy Spence 64.79
Zane Wedding 64.41
Tiago de Assis Miranda 64.00
Maja Blasch 51.80

Kubota & Northfuels NZ Coal Shovelling Championship

1st  Womens Singles Julie Stechmann 1.04.29
2nd Womens Singles Dell Admas 1.06.07
3rd Womens Singles Jenny Bell Over time limit 205kg
1st Mens Singles Royce Green 26.5sec
2nd Mens Singles Daniel Brenkiou 28.81sec
3rd Mens Singles Ritchie Banks 29.84sec
1st Womens Triples

Julie Stechmann

Dora Togiaso

Jennie Bell

27.8sec West Coast Canterbury Women’s Team
2nd Womens Triples

Lizzie Golden

Kendal Templman

Jane Nuku

33.48sec Manawatu Cyclones
1st Mens Doubles Royce Green & Wayne Quine 17.02sec
2nd Mens Doubles Richie Banks & Tyrell Green 17.2sec
3rd Mens Doubles Josh Leszczuk & Curly Troon 19.23sec

Allan Scott Wines – NZ Wine Barrel Racing

1st Men Jacob Cooper Palmerston North
2nd Men Johan Roos Sth Africa
3rd Men Gerrit van Schalkwyk Sth Africa
1st Women Alysha Joseph Christchurch
2nd  Women Monique van Loon Kati Kati
3rd Women Dall Adams Taihape

FMG NZ Rural Games Sheep Dog Trials

1st Vaughan Marfell 98 points
2nd Katherine Oliver 95.5 points
3rd Paul Evans 93 points
4th Dave Stuart 92 points
5th Bo Milner 91 points
6th Brett Harvey 90 points
1st Team Wanganui 280.5 points
2nd Team Wairarapa 277 points

Farm Source – 360 Bill Tapley Memorial Cow Pat Throw Championship with Federated Farmers NZ

1st Men Brent Newdick Auckland Distance 32.4 metres
2nd Men Riki Paiwai Auckland Distance 30.8 metres
1st Women Rowena Duncum Dunedin Distance 21.2 metres
2nd Women Audrey Thompson Australia Distance 20.5 metres

Mitre10Mega Palmerston North Russian Egg Roulette

1st Trina Dalton Shannon
2nd  Marnel Hulsmann
3rd = Robbie Hollander Dairy Flat
3rd = Caitlyn Bartosh

Toyota Hilux presents NZ Speed Shear Championship 

1st   Jimmy Samuels 43.58 Over 2 Sheep in final
2nd   Jack Fagan 46.48 Over 2 Sheep in final
3rd  Rowland Smith 20.38 Over 1 sheep
4th  Digger Balme 21.34 Over 1 sheep
5th  Brett Roberts 22.82 Over 1 sheep
6th  Paerata Abraham  23.14 Over 1 sheep
7th  Floyd Neal No time
8th  Leon Samuels No time
9th  John Kirkpatrick No time
10th  Sam Welsh No time
Women’s Speed Shear 1st Female Laura Bradley 41.34 Over 3 sheep

Women’s Speed Shear

2nd Female

Emily Welsh 43.88 Over 3 sheep

Williment Travel NZ Egg Throwing and Catching Championship

1st Braden Rowe & Logan McHardy Manawatu Cricket 55m
2nd = Nick Hornstein & Robbie Hollander 50m
2nd= Ben Morley & Braden Hodgson 50m

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Leading rural sporting stars recognised by their peers https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/leading-rural-sporting-stars-recognised-peers/ Fri, 09 Mar 2018 10:00:02 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2264 The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards have been announced at a gala dinner at Awapuni in Palmerston North on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, says the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is about... View Article

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The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards have been announced at a gala dinner at Awapuni in Palmerston North on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, says the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is about celebrating traditional sports and the people who keep events running year-in and year-out in the towns and settlements across New Zealand.

“We had a fantastic line-up of entrants and finalists for each category. Our 2018 winners have proven themselves on the field of their rural sport or in the committee room organising rural sporting events around New Zealand,” says Sir Brian.

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at C B Norwood Distributors, congratulated both the winners and finalists.

“It has been a truly inspirational evening, hearing about the dedication and commitment of our rural athletes to their sport, and the standing they have on the international arena,” Mr Myers said. 

The winners are:

The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year: Tegan O’Callaghan of Doubtless Bay. Last year, at the age of 17, O’Callaghan became the captain of the New Zealand Rodeo High School Team in 2017 and has been a member of the team for three years. This year, O’Callaghan is part of the Australasian Team at the World Rodeo Youth Championships in Shawnee, Oklahoma, USA in July 2018. Alongside this, in 2016, O’Callaghan won the junior New Zealand Wine Barrel Race. The award was presented by Commonwealth Games Medallist Natalie Rooney.

The Norwood Rural Sportsman of the Year: John Kirkpatrick  of Napier. John has won 149 open finals in New Zealand including Golden Shears (four times) and the New Zealand Champs (two times). He is the 2017 World Champion – Individual Shearing and the 2017 World Champion – Teams (two shearers). As well as running his own contracting business, Kirkpatrick, competes in more than 60 national competitions each year and world championships every 2-3 years. This is his 25th season of open class shearing. He has won 20 titles in the United Kingdom and represented New Zealand at four World Championships.

The Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year: Chrissy Spence of Morrinsville. Spence was the inaugural winner of this award in 2017. That same year, Spence lifted the bar taking out an unprecedented fifth world title at the 2017 International Tree Climbing Championship. Spence has five International Tree Climbing Championship titles (2005, 2007, 2011, 2016, 2017), six New Zealand National Women’s Championship titles (2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010), and four Asia-Pacific titles (2008, 2009, 2010, 2015). 

The award was presented by Steve Hansen, coach NZ All Blacks and Skellerup’s Perry Davis and Deborah Allan.

The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry: Jude McNabb of Owaka. McNabb is secretary of Shearing Sport’s New Zealand South Island committee, and runs her own business. She was secretary for the New Zealand Shearing Foundation, which was established to run the 40th Anniversary World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships for which she was the event manager. More than 30 countries were represented and 12,000 spectators attended. The championships were named New Zealand International Event of the Year at the NZ Events Association awards. In August, McNabb was appointed secretary of Shearing Sports New Zealand. By the end of the year she was also helping organise the Southern Shears and a Southern Field Days Speed Shear, both held in Gore in February. The award was presented by Sir Brian Lochore and Federated Farmers vice president Andrew Hoggard.

The inaugural Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award:  Paul van Beers from Porangahau. Van Beers retired from competing in 2016 after a fall from a horse on his sheep and beef farm. His competition career spanned the 1990s to 2016. No one else has ever – or is likely to ever again – repeat the staggering number of wins and podium finishes van Beers had through his 31-year competitive fencing career. He has under his belt 14 Wiremark Golden Pliers New Zealand National Singles Championship Titles, 12 Fieldays Silver Spades New Zealand National Doubles Championship Titles and two Patura World Power Fencing Champion Titles. In 2014 he was half of the first father and son (Jason) combination to win the Fieldays Silver Spades. Paul continues to help drive NZFC. The award was presented by Ray Davies, Simon van Velthooven, Guy Endean and Sean Regan from Emirates Team NZ and Andrew Davis General Manager Marketing Toyota NZ.

The judging panel is chaired by former All Black captain and World Cup winning coach, Sir Brian Lochore, who is also a founding board member of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust. The other judges are rural sports icon and president of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan, Olympic equestrian medallist Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger, MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger, founder and trustee of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Steve Hollander, and respected agricultural journalists Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins, Tony Leggett and Jamie Mackay.

Nominations for the awards are made by rural sports associations from throughout Aotearoa.

A full list of finalists can be found below.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a category winner please contact:

Daniel O’Regan
021832151
danielo@dosc.co.nz

 

The finalists in the five prestigious 2018 Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Award categories were:

  • The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year:
    • Corey Church (Rotorua) – Rodeo
    • James Kilpatrick (Tauranga) –Tree Climbing
    • Shane Bouskill (Waipawa) – Fencing
    • John Kirkpatrick (Napier) – Shearing
  • The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year:
    • Maryanne Baty (Gisborne) – Shearing
    • Chrissy Spence (Morrinsville) – Tree Climbing
  • The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
    • Rebecca Birkett (Taumarunui) – Endurance Horses
    • Tegan O’Callaghan (Doubtless Bay) – Rodeo
    • Robbie Hollander (Dairy Flat) – Egg Throwing & Catching
  • The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry
    • Jason Semenoff (Hikurangi) – Wood Chopping
    • Nick Liefting (Auckland) – Fencing
    • Jude McNab (Owaka) – Shearing
  • The inaugural Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award:
    • Paul van Beers (Porangahau) – Fencing
    • Hugh McCarroll (Whangamata) – Shearing
    • Elizabeth Mortland (Taihape) – Gumboot Throwing

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Massive NZ and Australian rural sporting weekend about to kick off https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/massive-nz-australian-rural-sporting-weekend-kick-off/ Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:19:31 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2249 The 4th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be a massive weekend of rural New Zealand sports. Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines from both sides of the Tasman. New Zealand Rural Games... View Article

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The 4th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be a massive weekend of rural New Zealand sports.

Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines from both sides of the Tasman.

New Zealand Rural Games Founder and Trust Board Member Steve Hollander says the aim is to celebrate rural sports, provide rural athletes with a national platform on which to perform and deliver some welcome light relief for everyone.

“It is a free fun event for families, and there is always something to watch or do.”

“The 2018 Games will include the old crowd favourites the ANZAXE, Speed Shear, Highland Heavies and Sheep Dog Trials,” says Mr Hollander.

“Kiwis have led the world in a multiple of rural sporting disciplines, and the Games are a unique opportunity to see champions from many disciplines as they face off local and international completion.”

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says the Games celebrate all that is good about New Zealand.

“We are about to kick off ten days of rural celebrations. More than 45,000 people will attend the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards, Property Brokers Running of the Wools, Central Districts Field Days, Balance Farm Awards, Plate of Origin and the huge array of events through the New Zealand Agrifood Investment Week.”

Trans Tasman championships

  • ANZAXE
  • Speed Tree Climbing
  • Highland Rural Games Heavies

New Zealand championships:

  • New Zealand Speed Shear Champs
  • New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships
  • New Zealand Coal Shovelling Championships
  • New Zealand Harness Racing Gearing Up Championships
  • New Zealand Olive Stone Spitting Championships
  • New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championships

World Record Attempt:

Nicky Ward-Allen, the New Zealand Arboriculture Association’s New Zealand Women’s Champion will attempt a world record for the Footlock – the attempt will take place at 5:30pm on Saturday 10 March in The Square, Palmerston North. If Ward-Allen secures the record from the USA’s Jamilee Kempton that will mean New Zealand will hold both the Men’s and Women’s world records.

Mr Hollander says the Games are not just for rural athletes. “We want city and country folk alike to get in there, get dirty and give it a go.”

Opportunities to give it a go are divided into two events that run both days – they are:

  • Kids ‘n Country – Under 12’s have a multitude of events available for them to take part in including Cow Pat Throw; 3-Legged Race; Sack Race; Egg Throw and Catch; Wine Barrel Racing; Digger Challenge; Gumbiputt; Tug-o-War and plenty more.
  • Have a Go – this is where you, your friends, family or workmates get to challenge each other across a whole range of events throughout both days including Gumboot Throw; Olive Stone Spitting; Harness Racing Gearing Up; Coal Shovelling; Wine Barrel Racing; Egg Throw & Catch and Russian Egg Roulette.
  • Give it a Go – Cow Pat Throw; Kids Tree Climbing; Speed Milking and Hay Stacking.

Andrew Davis, General Manager of Marketing at Toyota New Zealand says the games help bring kiwis together to celebrate our rural heritage.

“New Zealand has a strong, vibrant rural history and the games are a showcase of our connection to the land and the cultural elements of rural life that helped build this nation,” says Mr Davis.

A dozen food trucks will be on hand, and for those wanting to wine and dine throughout the day, there is a Corporate Marquee thanks to Alliance, Allan Scott Family Wines and Tui Brewery which has created the first New Zealand Rural Games Beer.

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games kicks off on the 9th of March in Feilding with the Property Brokers Running of the Wools – 1,000 sheep from Potaka Station are herded through Feilding and various competitive matches amongst rural service organisations and schools. Plus the odd celebratory.

On Friday night is the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards at Awapuni. This year All Black Coach Steve Hansen and double Olympian Eric Murray are two of the leading Kiwi sporting stars who will be present.

For a full list of events, please visit ruralgames.co.nz.

For more information:
Steve Hollander
Founder – New Zealand Rural Games
+64 21 973 207

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Finalists announced for the Norwood Rural Sports Awards https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/finalists-announced-norwood-rural-sports-awards/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:30:14 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2118 A stellar line-up of rural sport athletes, representing an array of disciplines, have been announced as finalists for New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports – the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards. Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, says the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is... View Article

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A stellar line-up of rural sport athletes, representing an array of disciplines, have been announced as finalists for New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports – the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards.

Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel, says the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards is about celebrating traditional sports and the people who keep events running year-in and year-out in the towns and settlements across New Zealand.

“This year’s finalists come from a range of rural sporting disciplines, including tree climbing, fencing, shearing, rodeo, endurance horses, wood chopping, gumboot throwing and, for the first time, egg throw and catch.”

“It’s a fantastic line-up of finalists, aged from 11 to 77, from those at the pinnacle of their sport internationally to those who have supported and enabled others in rural sports for generations,” Sir Brian said.

The finalists in the five prestigious award categories are:

  • The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year:
    • Corey Church (Rotorua) – Rodeo
    • James Kilpatrick (Tauranga) –Tree Climbing
    • Shane Bouskill (Waipawa) – Fencing
    • John Kirkpatrick (Napier) – Shearing
  • The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year:
    • Maryanne Baty (Gisborne) – Shearing
    • Chrissy Spence (Morrinsville) – Tree Climbing
  • The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
    • Rebecca Birkett (Taumarunui) – Endurance Horses
    • Tegan O’Callaghan (Doubtless Bay) – Rodeo
    • Robbie Hollander (Dairy Flat) – Egg Throwing & Catching
  • The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry
    • Jason Semenoff (Hikurangi) – Wood Chopping
    • Nick Liefting (Auckland) – Fencing
    • Jude McNab (Owaka) – Shearing
  • The inaugural Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award:
    • Paul van Beers (Porangahau) – Fencing
    • Hugh McCarroll (Whangamata) – Shearing
    • Elizabeth Mortland (Taihape) – Gumboot Throwing

Sir Brian says 2018 is the second year the awards have been held and they are only possible because of the generosity of sponsors and supporters.

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at C B Norwood Distributors, says rural sports have been a key part of New Zealand life for generations.

“We’re proud to help highlight the hard work and dedication of our rural athletes but also the organisers of rural sports – the volunteers who make events happen,” says Mr Myers. “They’re the true heroes in the towns and settlements across New Zealand.”

Nominations for the awards were made by rural sports associations from throughout Aotearoa.

The judging panel is chaired by former All Black captain and World Cup winning coach, Sir Brian Lochore, who is also a founding board member of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust. The other judges are rural sports icon and president of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan, Olympic equestrian medallist Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger, MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger, founder and trustee of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Steve Hollander, and respected agricultural journalists Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins, Tony Leggett and Jamie Mackay, who will also MC the event.

The Awards Dinner is held on Friday March 9 at Awapuni Function Centre in Palmerston North, the night before the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North where nominees and winners will be competing.

Biographies and photographs of our finalists are available on request:

For more information or to register attendance at the awards please contact:

Daniel O’Regan
021-832-151
danielo@dosc.co.nz

 

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Sports stars & celebrities out in force to celebrate New Zealand’s leading rural athletes https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/sports-stars-celebrities-out-in-force-to-celebrate-new-zealands-leading-rural-athletes/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 00:20:59 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2085 An array of sporting, television, radio and social media stars will be out in force at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards and the Property Brokers Running of the Wools. Margaret Kouvelis, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust, says it is fantastic to have such a... View Article

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An array of sporting, television, radio and social media stars will be out in force at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards and the Property Brokers Running of the Wools.

Margaret Kouvelis, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust, says it is fantastic to have such a great line-up of New Zealand’s premier sporting stars to come and help celebrate our leading rural athletes.

“We’re anticipating huge crowds. We’ve got people traveling here from around New Zealand and they’ll be boosted by a big local crowd especially if the fine weather holds out.”

The events have attracted a range of sportspeople:

  • All Black Coach Steve Hansen (Awards)
  • Olympian and current Athlete Life Advisor for High Performance Sport NZ Nathan Twaddle
  • Emirates Team New Zealand members Ray Davies, Guy Endean, Simon van Velthooven and Sean Regan
  • Former All Black George Whitelock
  • Former Black Sticks captain Kayla Sharland
  • Olympic silver medalist Natalie Rooney (Awards and Games)
  • Olympian and Commonwealth Games cyclist Cath Cheatley (Fit4Farming – Running of the Wools)
  • Toyota Brand Ambassador, NZ personality and entrepreneur Marc Ellis

Alongside this, Margaret Kouvelis says the weekend of events has also attracted another sort of star – TV, social media and radio stars!

  • Nickson, Nate and Lilly from Auckland’s number one music radio station Mai FM will broadcast their Breakfast Show from the Games on Friday Morning. Nickson Clark will stay on to co-host the Games over the weekend with the legendary Mark Leishman
  • Rhys Mathewson from Three’s The Project will be in town covering the event for The Project (Awards and Games)
  • New Zealand’s most loved Dad – social media star Jordan Watson AKA How to Dad (Kids ‘n Country and Gumboot Throwing at the Games and Red Bandal Race at the Property Brokers Running of the Wools)
  • The Country’s Jamie MacKay will host the Sport Awards and rural journalist’s Craig Wiggy Wiggins and Tony Leggett will attend all three events.

“The games celebrate our strong and vibrant rural history, so it’s great to see sporting and media stars taking part and giving the local community the opportunity to see all these sports in action,” says Andrew Davis, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Marketing.

“It will also be a fitting weekend to celebrate the success of another long term Toyota partnership with the America’s Cup coming to the Manawatu,” says Mr Davis.

“The cup will feature as part of the Toyota Kids Zone and gives a great opportunity for everyone across the wider region to come and see one of the sporting world’s greatest treasures.”

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Founder Steve Hollander says the three events just keep growing and growing.

“I’m so pleased with our move to Manawatu – We came here because of its rural roots and we thought it a good location to grow. What we found is a great group of people and businesses who are supportive of helping ensure the sports that built our nation will continue to be celebrated so that we as Kiwis, won’t lose them.”

Mr Hollander says as well as the stars of today are the stars of yesteryear Sir Brian Lochore, Sir David Fagan and Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger who are on the Rural Sports Awards judging panel will be here as well.

“Very soon we will announce the star athletes from Australia and New Zealand who’ll be competing for the most sort after titles in their disciplines.”

“Next week we’ll be announcing the finalists in the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards which will be held at Awapuni this year,” says Mr Hollander.

For more information:

Steve Hollander
Founder
New Zealand Rural Games
021-973-207

Or,

Margaret Kouvelis
Chair
New Zealand Rural Games Trust
021-556-383

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America’s Cup lays anchor at Hilux New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/americas-cup-lays-anchor-hilux-new-zealand-rural-games/ Wed, 24 Jan 2018 21:48:53 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2052 The America’s Cup will be coming to Palmerston North for the annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, as part of Emirates Team New Zealand’s 25 year partnership with Toyota New Zealand. Emirates Team New Zealand’s tactician, Ray Davies along with Guy Endean and Simon van Velthooven, both Emirates Team New Zealand’s cyclors, will also be... View Article

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The America’s Cup will be coming to Palmerston North for the annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, as part of Emirates Team New Zealand’s 25 year partnership with Toyota New Zealand.

Emirates Team New Zealand’s tactician, Ray Davies along with Guy Endean and Simon van Velthooven, both Emirates Team New Zealand’s cyclors, will also be accompanying the Auld mug.

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, run from 10th to 11th of March, is New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sport, and is a great weekend of entertainment and heaps of opportunities to have a go for all ages.

“The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebrates our strong and vibrant rural history,” says Andrew Davis, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Marketing.

“The iconic Toyota Hilux has been a big part of our rural communities over the years so it’s a natural fit and we are very proud to back the Games.”

The America’s Cup will feature as part of the Toyota Kids Zone, while members of the public will be able to have their photo taken with the Auld Mug and the Emirates Team New Zealand team members at advertised times.

“We are excited to be able to showcase the America’s Cup at our Kids zone this year” says Davis.

Hilux ambassador, Marc Ellis, will also be at the Toyota Kids Zone participating in the water dunk game, a new addition to the Toyota zone.

Toyota New Zealand will have three zones at the games; Toyota kids zone, a hospitality tent with a Toyota coffee zone and a test drive zone.

Hilux customers will have exclusive access to a Hilux only parking zone, running along the Church Street side of the Square, where the games are held.

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World record attempt, Trans-Tasman rivalry & national titles up for grabs at 2018 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/world-record-attempt-trans-tasman-rivalry-national-titles-grabs-2018-hilux-new-zealand-rural-games/ Mon, 27 Nov 2017 06:47:38 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=1990 The 4th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be a massive weekend of rural New Zealand Sports and events aimed at getting young and old active and involved. Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of... View Article

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The 4th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be a massive weekend of rural New
Zealand Sports and events aimed at getting young and old active and involved.
Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of
rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines from both
sides of the Tasman.

Andrew Davis, General Manager of Marketing at Toyota New Zealand says the event helps
to bring kiwis together to celebrate our rural heritage.
“New Zealand has a strong, vibrant rural history and the games are a showcase of our
connection to the land and the cultural elements of rural life that helped build this nation,”
says Mr Davis.

“The iconic Toyota Hilux has been a big part of this over the years so it’s a natural fit and we
are very proud to back the Games. It’s a fun way to bring people together and lifts the bar for
our rural athletes in both well-known and some lesser-known rural sports,” says Mr Davis.
The 2018 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games boasts some additional extras, including:

  • Nicky Ward-Allen, the New Zealand Arboriculture Association’s New Zealand
    Women’s Champion will attempt a world record
  • The winning New Zealand Egg Throw & Catch Championship duo will be flown to
    the 2019 World Championships in the UK thanks to Williment Travel
  • Russian Egg Roulette – Have A Go Championships
  • A real working digger challenge – Kids n’ Country.

The events and championships are spread throughout both days of the Hilux Rural Games.
New Zealand Rural Games Founder and Trust Board Member Steve Hollander says the aim
is to celebrate rural sports and to provide athletes with a national platform on which to
perform and aim for.
“It is a free fun event for families and there is always something to watch or do.”
“The 2018 Games will include the old crowd favourites the ANZAXE, Speed Shear, Highland
Heavies and Sheep Dog Trials,” says Mr Hollander.
“Kiwis have led the world in a multiple of rural sporting disciplines and the Games are a
unique opportunity to see champions from many disciplines as they face off local and
international completion.”

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says the Games celebrate all that is good about New
Zealand.
“March in Palmerston North and Manawatū is a month-long celebration of all things rural,” he
says. “As well as the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games there is the Norwood New Zealand
Rural Sports Awards, the Property Brokers Running of the Wools and a huge array of events
through the New Zealand Agrifood Investment Week.”

During the games, multiple New Zealand championships will be held. Including:

  • New Zealand Speed Shear Champs
  • New Zealand Rural Highland Games Heavies
  • New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships
  • New Zealand Coal Shoveling Championships
  • New Zealand Harness Racing Gearing Up Championships
  • New Zealand Olive Stone Spitting Championships
  • New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championships

Alongside this, several regional final events will also be held.

Mr Hollander says while the Games are not just for rural athletes. “We want city and country
folk alike to get in there, get dirty and give it a go.”

Opportunities to give it a go are divided into two events that run both days of the Games –
they are:

  • Kids ‘n Country – Under 12’s have a multitude of events available for them to take
    part in including Cow Pat Throw; 3-Legged Race; Sack Race; Egg Throw and Catch;
    Wine Barrel Racing; Digger Challenge; Gumbiputt; Tug-o- War and plenty more.
  • Have a Go – this is where you, your friends, family or workmates get to challenge
    each other across a whole range of events throughout both days including Cow Pat
    Throw; Kids Tree Climbing; Gumboot Throw; Olive Stone Spitting; Hay stacking,
    Harness Racing Gearing Up, Coal Shoveling; Wine Barrel Racing; Egg Throw &
    Catch and Russian Roulette.

The Games attract an array of food trucks, music, and for those wanting to wine and dine
throughout the day, there is a VIP Marquee.

The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games kicks off on the 9th of March in Feilding with the
Property Brokers Running of the Wools, then that evening the Norwood New Zealand Rural
Sports Awards is held at Awapuni. The games are held in The Square Palmerston North on
10 and 11 March. View the full list of events.

For more information:
Steve Hollander
Founder – New Zealand Rural Games
+64 21 973 207

Or,

Morgan Dilks,
Toyota New Zealand Public Relations
+64 27 511 8622

morgan.dilks@toyota.co.nz

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Entries are now being called for the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/entries-now-called-norwood-new-zealand-rural-sports-awards/ Mon, 20 Nov 2017 19:12:27 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=1977 New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports athletes – the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards – is now accepting nominations. There are five prestigious award categories: The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year The... View Article

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New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports athletes – the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards – is now accepting nominations.

There are five prestigious award categories:

  • The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year
  • The Skellerup New Zealand Sportswoman of the Year
  • The Fonterra Young New Zealand Rural Sportsperson of the Year
  • The Federated Farmers Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry
  • The Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award.

The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards are run by the New Zealand Rural Games Trust. Held at Awapuni in Palmerston North on Friday 9 March 2018 it is New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports athletes.

Margaret Kouvelis, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust, says the awards are designed to raise the profile of traditional sports like wood chopping, shearing, tree climbing and sheepdog trials and also recognise the important role such sports play in New Zealand society.

“Our top rural sportspeople are among the best athletes in New Zealand,” Kouvelis says. “Last year the inaugural winner of the Rural Sportsman of the Year, Rowland Smith, went on to break a world shearing record in England.”

“We aim to showcase their talent, dedication and success at competing on the world stage in their chosen rural sporting discipline,” she says.

“I would like to thank our naming sponsor Norwood for their support and the various rural sports associations and volunteers around the country for their tireless work staging events and promoting their sports.”

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at C B Norwood Distributors, says many of our rural sports people are better known internationally than at home.

“Norwood is proud to be naming rights sponsor and sponsor of the Rural Sportsman of the Year award – we want to highlight the hard work and dedication of our rural athletes.”

Nominations for the awards are made by rural sports associations from throughout Aotearoa.

Rural sports associations are invited to nominate athletes for the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards presented by the New Zealand Rural Games Trust together with strategic partner, Federated Farmers of New Zealand.

Nominations close at 5pm, January 31 2018, and nominees will be shortlisted by a judging panel chaired by former All Black captain and World Cup winning coach, Sir Brian Lochore, who is also a founding board member of the New Zealand Rural Games Trust.

The other judges are rural sports icon and president of Shearing Sports New Zealand Sir David Fagan, Olympic equestrian medallist Judy ‘Tinks’ Pottinger, MP for Taranaki-King Country Barbara Kuriger, founder and trustee of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Steve Hollander and respected agricultural journalists Craig ‘Wiggy’ Wiggins, Tony Leggett and Jamie Mackay, who will also MC the event.

The Awards Dinner is held on Friday March 9 at Awapuni in Palmerston North, the night before the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North where nominees and winners will be competing.

Tickets to the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards dinner are now available. Please register with Nicky Vallender at Event-It on 021 033 5605.

For more information:

Margaret Kouvelis
Chair
New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Trust
021 556 383

Or,

Nicky Vallender
Event Manager
Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards
021 033 5605

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Property Brokers secures naming rights to expanded Running of the Wools https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/property-brokers-secures-naming-rights-expanded-running-wools/ Sun, 12 Nov 2017 20:11:19 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=1963 New Zealand’s premier real estate company, Property Brokers, has secured naming rights’ sponsorship of the iconic Running of Wools for three years. Running of the Wools is a free event for the wider rural community and visitors to Manawatū. Around 1,000 sheep from Potaka Station are herded carefully through the streets following a man and... View Article

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New Zealand’s premier real estate company, Property Brokers, has secured naming rights’ sponsorship of the iconic Running of Wools for three years.

Running of the Wools is a free event for the wider rural community and visitors to Manawatū. Around 1,000 sheep from Potaka Station are herded carefully through the streets following a man and mutt race, a wool fadge competition and much more.

Manawatū District Mayor, Helen Worboys says it’s a community event at its heart, one which celebrates New Zealand’s rich rural history – offering urban residents and tourists alike with a chance to experience rural life up-close and personal.

“It’s another celebration of who we are, a rural hub for the wider Central North Island”, says Mayor Worboys. “We’re home to the largest Sale Yards in the Southern Hemisphere right in the heart of our town, many successful and progressive agriculture based businesses, the award-winning Feilding Farmers Market which will be running on the day of the event, and the birthplace of the rural cartoonist, the late Murray Ball.”

Property Brokers Founder and Principal Tim Mordaunt says the event is in line with his company’s culture and values and it sits very much with their aim to create a fun environment.

“We opened our Feilding branch back in 1986, so we really feel that we are a key part of the Manawatū community. Now, today we have more than 60 people in branches all of New Zealand.”

Mr Mordaunt says provincial New Zealand is coming of age, and the Running of the Wools is becoming a key activity in the rural calendar, and Property Brokers is proud to be associated with it.

“This year’s Running of the Wools was a fantastic event. It’s all about bringing the country to town as well as celebrating our unique Kiwi rural life and having fun,” he says.

Organised by the team behind the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games the Property Brokers Running of the Wools is on 9 March 2018.

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Founder and Trustee Steve Hollander says the event has expanded this year, to include the TransTasman Fit4Farming cycling race that will attract about 60 competitors as well as more events on the day.

“The Running of the Wools is a great spectacle – between 5,000 and 6,000 people attended this year, and the event was broadcast on all New Zealand television channels, picked up by ESPN, Australian networks and the BBC providing Feilding with a significant promotional opportunity,” he says.

The event will see Manchester Street and parts of The Square closed off to traffic and the streets lined with fences.

Details of the event and the Manchester Street races will be released later this year. Until then, mark the date on your calendar – 9 March 2018.

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