Hilux New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz Sports that built the nation - Palmerston North, New Zealand 9-11 March 2018 Mon, 18 Mar 2019 02:07:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 68640551 Rural sports attract another record crowd and will be broadcast on Three https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/rural-sports-attract-another-record-crowd-and-will-be-broadcast-on-three/ Tue, 12 Mar 2019 16:36:23 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2864 More than 30,000 people attended the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North over the weekend. A Rural Games special one-hour programme, hosted by Mark Leishman and Nickson Clark, will play on THREE at 4pm on Saturday, 16 March 2019. It will be replayed at 5pm on THREE+1. The programme will then be repeated... View Article

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More than 30,000 people attended the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North over the weekend.

A Rural Games special one-hour programme, hosted by Mark Leishman and Nickson Clark, will play on THREE at 4pm on Saturday, 16 March 2019. It will be replayed at 5pm on THREE+1. The programme will then be repeated in April and available online at ThreeNow.

New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis says it was 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, and this is only possible through the generosity of our sponsors, and the many volunteers who helped.”

Hilux New Zealand Rural Games founder Steve Hollander says the fifth annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games was the best yet with families from all over the country in the city for the event.

“The Games grow from strength to strength every year and have become a stalwart of the rural sports calendar in New Zealand.”

“We increased the activities for young people, adding in sulky rides with miniature ponies and increasing the number of the self-drive diggers for children, and more than 400 children learned to climb a tree – it was a brilliant weekend,” says Mr Hollander.

“Other changes included larger big screens and more stands for people to sit and watch the action. The Farmers Market was a new addition, as well as the opportunity for neighbouring districts to promote what they have to offer.”

Highlights from the weekend included livestreaming the event, the launch of the Hireways Little Digger book that was written by two Freyberg High School students, and Trillian Trek which turned up on Sunday afternoon to hand out more than $12,000 to local schools and charities in the city.”

“I want to publicly thank Toyota, Fonterra, Husqvarna, Norwood and Palmerston North City Council for their incredible support,” says Mr Hollander.

The New Zealand Rural Games Trust would like to publicly acknowledge Palmerston North Boys’ High School, Feilding High School, Tai Wananga Tu Toa and the Hillary Outdoor Education Centre for helping with volunteers to make the weekend run smoothly.

 

Official event results are below.

For more information:

Steve Hollander 021 97 3207

 

Official 2019 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games Results

Skellerup NZ Gumboot Throwing Championship

MENS

1st        Kieran Fowler Dunedin 41.02

2nd       Craig Manson, Lincoln, Canterbury 38.08

3rd        AJ Shaw Taupo 36.43

4th        Riki Paewai Auckland 36.37

5th         Cyrus Paringatai Taihape 35.7

6th        Curley Troon Taihape 32.24

7th        Kris Richards Auckland 31.84

8th        Jordan Watson Auckland 31.28

WOMENS

1st        Kristin Churchward Taihape 32.2

2nd       Jessica McCormack 30.29

3rd        Rowena Duncum Dunedin formerly Whanganui 29.60

4th        Ariana Hansen Taihape 29.26

5th        Dell Adams Taihape 26.64

6th        Shelley Norris Christchurch 25.21

7th        Summer Manson Christchurch 19.32

8th        Leanna Marshall 18.10

 

Wiremark, Stockade and Fonterra/Future Post New Zealand Speed Fencing Championship in association with NZFC

1st        Tony Bouskill Napier

2nd       Shane Bouskill Tikokino

3rd        John Joseph Graham Ashhurst

4th        Troy Brooky Te Kuiti

5th        Haydon Walton Gisborne

6th        Nick Terry Waikouaiti

7th        Jared Nicholson Havelock North

8th        Burne Maxted Feilding

Lucky Prize Draw Haydon Walton Gisborne

Battening Winner Tony Bouskill Napier

 

360 Workwear Bill Tapley Memorial Cow Pat Throw in association with FFNZ Manawatu

1st        Jordan Watson 35m Auckland

2nd       Rob Edwards 33.1m Whanganui

3rd        Riki Paewai 32.2m Auckland

1st Under 12    Ella Crofskey 19m Palmerston North

 

Awahuri Olives and Tiger Turf Olive Stone Spitting

1st        Micky Norris Perth 14.32

2nd       Joe Shaw Taihape 11.3

3rd      Rob Nesbit-Savage Whanganui 10.75

 

Zilco Gearing Up Championship in association with Manawatu Harness Racing and HRNZ

1st Place          Peter Ferguson Cambridge

2nd Place        Lydia Pickford Hunterville

3rd Place        Scott Dixon Hunterville

4th Place        Brodie Ellis Hawera

 

Husqvarna ANZAXE Trans-Tasman Wood Chopping Championship

1st Overall        Shane Jordan NZ

2nd Overall       Kody Steers AUS

3rd Overall       Jack Jordan NZ

4th Overall       Joshua Adamson AUS

5th Overall       Nathan McDonald NZ

6th Overall       Jesse Whitehead NZ

7th Overall       Jarrod Williams AUS

8th Overall       David McIntosh AUS

Winning Sawyer Shane Jordan NZ

Winning Axeman Joshua Adamson AUS

Team Event

1st NZ

2nd AUS

 

Guardian Trees, Treetech and NZARB – New Zealand Speed Tree Climbing Trans-Tasman Championship

1st Overall       Jeremy Millar NZ

1st                    Steph Dryfhout NZ

2nd                   Barton Allen-Hall Aus

3rd                   James Gigliotti Aus

1st Country Australia Points: 316.12

2nd Country NZ Points: 304.33

 

Norwood and Monteiths NZ Coal Shovelling Championship

Woman’s Singles

1st        Shelley Norris CHC 42.40sec

2nd      Dora Togiaso CHC 43.49sec

3rd       Anne Becroft AUS 1.05sec

Mens Singles

1st        Tyrell Green West Coast 26.66sec

2nd      Scott McKinnon Aus 27.83sec

3rd Richie Banks West Coast 28 sec

Womens Doubles

1st        Dora Togiaso & Shelley Norris CHC

Mens Doubles

1st        Tyrell Green & Richie Banks West Coast 15.3sec

2nd       Royce Green & Wayne Quine West Coast 18.7sec

3rd        Alistair Collis & Daniel Blenkarin Palmerston North 19.8sec

 

Powerco Sheep Dog Trials

1st        Jamie Shrubsall Whanganui

2nd       Kathryn Oliver Whanganui

3rd         Bo Milner Wairarapa

4th       Alex Matthews Whanganui

5th         Tim Hunter Wairarapa

6th       Guy Peacock Wairarapa

7th       Vaughan Marfell Wairarapa

8th       Paul Evans Whanganui

Team Result

1st Whanganui 347 points

2nd Wairarapa 346 points

 

Property Brokers Trans-Tasman Highland Heavies Championship

1st Team – New Zealand – 39 points

2nd Team – Australia – 45 points

1st Kiwi – Jono Macfarlane – Palmerston North

1st Aussie – Jayden Hill – formerly of New Zealand now resident in Melbourne

Tug-o-war – Australia

 

Babich NZ Wine Barrel Racing

1st        Brooke Brausch Palmerston North

2nd      Blair McConnell Hamilton

3rd      Shane Parlato Foxton

 

FMG Russian Egg Roulette in Association with Farmer Brown Eggs

1st                    Riki Paewai Auckland

2nd                   Jacob Smith Palmerston Nth

3rd equal         Braden Parsons Palmerston Nth

3rd equal         Louise Ashley

 

Skellerup Red Bandal Race

1st        Reif Dawson Palmerston North Boys High School

2nd       Fraser Carroll Feilding High School

3rd       Todd Riley Feilding High School

 

MacDougall Wool Fadge Race

1st        Opiki Young Farmers

2nd       Manawatu Turbos – Backs

3rd        Palmerston North Boys High School

 

Toyota Hilux New Zealand Speed Shearing Championship

1st        Cam Fergusson Waipawa 40.82 sec

2nd      Brett Roberts Mataura 56.26 sec

3rd       Jack Fagan Te Kuiti

4th       Jimmy Samuels Marton

5th        Rowland Smith Hawke’s Bay

6th        Digger Balme Te Kuiti

7th        Paerata Abraham Wairarapa

8th        Ringakaha Paewai Gore-based, from Dannevirke

9th        Leon Samuels(Invercargill

10th      Casey Bailey Masterton-based, from Riverton

Women’s Speed Shear

1st    Laura Bradley Woodville

2nd   Ingrid Smith Hawke’s Bay

 

Williment Travel Egg Throw and Catch

1st        Riki Paewai (Auckland) and Kris Richards (Wellington) 55m

2nd      Ben McColgan (Tauranga) and Lacy Davidson (Ashburton) 50m

3rd equal        Thomas de Wolf (Belgium) and Jamie How (Wellington)

3rd equal        Raymond Toole and Carlos Jensen (both Manawatu)

 

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Glittering night for rural sports stars at Norwood Rural Sports Awards https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/glittering-night-for-rural-sports-stars-at-norwood-rural-sports-awards/ Fri, 08 Mar 2019 09:00:14 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2847 The New Zealand rural sports community gathered at Awapuni in Palmerston North to honour their best and brightest. The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards were announced at a gala dinner this evening, on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. The Awards recognise both high-performance athletes and the people... View Article

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The New Zealand rural sports community gathered at Awapuni in Palmerston North to honour their best and brightest.

The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards were announced at a gala dinner this evening, on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

The Awards recognise both high-performance athletes and the people who work behind the scenes, are now in their third year. Finalists have come from fields as diverse as shearing, tree climbing, harness racing and cowboy shooting.

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 2019 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 Norwood, congratulated the winners, finalists and all those nominated.

“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:

Bradley McDowell of Whanganui: Bradley first started cowboy shooting at 12 years old, and has been New Zealand junior champion in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Bradley is currently New Zealand North Island overall men’s champion, New Zealand overall men’s champion, Wyoming State junior champion, 2018 World junior champion, 2018 Worlds fastest junior cowboy title, and is currently ranked seventh in the World overall men’s Championships. Bradley achieved his World title at the age of 16 and is youngest New Zealand shooter to do so. Bradley’s goal is to become the world’s number one shooter and to get more young people introduced to the sport in New Zealand. The award was presented by Olympic and Commonwealth Games triathlete Tony Dodds.

The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year:

Tony Bouskill of Napier: Tony won the Wiremark Golden Pliers in 2018, after coming second and third in the previous two years. He and father Shane have teamed up to win the doubles competitions at the Fieldays Silver Spades competition twice, and he has won the Taumarunui Fencing Competition for the last four years in a row and had three wins at the Waverley competition. In 2018 Tony took out titles at the Taumarunui A&P Show, the Wiremark Golden Pliers and Silver Spades at Fieldays, Hawke’s Bay A&P Show doubles competition and Cambridge A&P Show doubles competition, and was second in the Central Districts doubles competition. He also qualified to compete at World Power Fencing in Germany 2019. The Wiremark Golden Pliers is recognised worldwide as the premium fencing championship. Tony was first off the line (fastest time) which combined with winning the overall title was a significant combination. Only five competitors, including Tony, have managed to achieve this combination over the history of the competition. This awards was presented by Sir Pat Higgins, major benefactor of the NZ Rural Games Trust.

The Skellerup New Zealand Rural Sportswoman of the Year:

Pagan Karauria of Alexandra: Last year, Pagan achieved Master Woolhandler status, and took out the Open Woolhandling title at the New Zealand Merino Shearing and Woolhandling Championships for the third time in four years. This would be a major achievement for anyone, but it comes 10 years after a devastating car accident that left her with a broken back. Pagan has fought back from that injury to take the 2018 New Zealand crossbred lambs woolhandling championship in Winton, the first Royal Easter Show Open final in Auckland, and her third New Zealand Merino Championships Open title in four years in hometown Alexandra. Her aim for this season is to win a spot in the Shearing Sports New Zealand team for the World Championships in Le Dorat, France, in July.

Recently Pagan featured in the New Zealand documentary film She Shears, focusing on women making their way in shearing. Pagan has also been a successful competitive shearer, winning many titles in recent years. This award was presented by Netball icons Katrina Rore and Sandra Edge.

The Levno Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Industry Award:

David James of Blenheim: David James has been involved in the New Zealand National Tree Climbing Competition since 1999. He co-ordinated and ran the South Island Regional Tree Climbing Competitions for eleven years before taking over as the National Coordinator in 2010. In 2012 David joined the Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship Operations Committee and was appointed chairman in 2015, a role he still holds. He is currently working on one of the biggest events the competition has seen, to be held in Christchurch Botanic Gardens in April 2019. He has represented and championed the tree climbing sector on the NZ Arb Executive Committee for nine years and represents New Zealand at the International Society of Arboriculture. David is a respected judge at the ITCC World Championship and chairman of the Asia-Pacific Tree Climbing Championship Operations Committee. His contribution to Arboricultural Tree Climbing in New Zealand has seen the sport grow from a side-line conference event to a streamlined show attracting sponsorship and international competitors. David has created a legacy of technical, scoring and regional co-ordinators. He has introduced a ‘kids-climb’ to inspire the young and a New Arborist competition to recognise and encourage excellence in those new to the industry. He also has built a network of volunteers that not only make the competitions run seamlessly, but create a community of travelling supporters alongside those competing in the events themselves.

In 2016 David introduced a Volunteer of the Year Award to the New Zealand Arboricultural Association’s annual awards to celebrate, recognise and strengthen members of this community. This award was presented by Tim van de Molen, MP for Waitako and previous Supreme winner of the NZ Young Farmer Of The Year award.

The Toyota Lifetime Legacy Award:

Hugh McCarroll of Whangamata: At 78, Hugh is the oldest finalist. He is a former winner of the Golden Shears Intermediate shearing title in 1967 and the over-65 50th anniversary Veterans event in 2010. For 40 years Hugh has been a competition judge up to World Championships level, and provided administration to a senior international level. He is the secretary of the World Sheep Shearing Records Society, which he helped establish in 1995. Described as an “all round good bugger”, he is a life member of Shearing Sports New Zealand. This award was presented by Matt Watson from The Fishing Show.

The Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background:

Sarah Hirini (nee Goss) of Mt Maunganui: Sarah Hirini grew up in the Manawatu and learned her rugby skills at Feilding High School. She has developed into one of the leading sevens players in the world. The current Black Ferns Sevens captain has several accolades to her name including World Champion in 2013, Olympic silver medallist in 2016 and four-time World Series winner. She was named New Zealand Rugby’s woman player of the year in 2017 after her efforts in both sevens at 15s. Goss’ game is characterised by her tireless work-ethic and dogged defence. Sir Brian was there last night to present the award in his name.

The Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards 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 rowing medalist Nathan Twaddle, Fencing legend Paul van Beers, 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 and Tony Leggett.

Images and videos available on request.

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

Daniel O’Regan
021 832 151

danielo@dosc.co.nz

 

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Children’s storybook launched at New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/childrens-storybook-launched-at-new-zealand-rural-games/ Fri, 08 Mar 2019 01:31:30 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2841 A bilingual storybook about a little HireWays digger has been created by a collaboration of high school and tertiary students. The book will be launched at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North this weekend. The book is a result of a competition run by Talent Central, HireWays and The Design School. Talent... View Article

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A bilingual storybook about a little HireWays digger has been created by a collaboration of high school and tertiary students.

The book will be launched at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North this weekend. The book is a result of a competition run by Talent Central, HireWays and The Design School.

Talent Central Chief Executive Margaret Kouvelis said the idea came about after witnessing the queues of preschool and primary school children lining up to have a go on the Hireways Self-Drive Digger at last year’s Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

“We came up with the competition to connect students with business and develop a concept into a marketable product. It was open to Year 12 Business Studies students in Manawatu, and was won by two students from Freyberg High School in Palmerston North.

“We are delighted with the standard of the script and the quality of the illustrations. As a former bookstore owner, I can say this is pitch perfect for pre-schoolers, both in its story and illustrations,” Mrs Kouvelis said.

Little Digger book

The students have experienced what it takes to write a book, research a business and to develop a business opportunity.

First-time authors Paige Linneweaver and Caleb White from Freyberg High School said: “We wanted to show how the Little Digger does a lot of work and most of it goes unnoticed.”

“The whole experience was great fun and very inspiring,” Caleb said. “It gave me confidence to write my own book with Paige through competing in the young enterprise competition.”

The Design School Director Mike Saywell said it was a fantastic collaboration between the Freyberg High School students and a group of design students from Whangarei.

Once written, the book was translated into Te Reo Maori by Helen Parker.

HireWays has paid for the printing of the books, which will be on sale at the Rural Games this weekend.

And, as for that queue, Mrs Kouvelis said this year HireWays will have three diggers at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, so everyone who wants to should be able to have a go.

 

For more information:
Margaret Kouvelis
021 556 383

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Plastic posts put to the test at New Zealand Rural Games https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/plastic-posts-put-to-the-test-at-new-zealand-rural-games/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 20:30:27 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2835 A truly Kiwi invention that turns waste plastic into long-lasting, hard-wearing fence posts that will be put to the test at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North this coming weekend. The posts, developed by New Zealand farmer Jerome Wenzlick, will get a thorough public work-out at the New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships,... View Article

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A truly Kiwi invention that turns waste plastic into long-lasting, hard-wearing fence posts that will be put to the test at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North this coming weekend.

The posts, developed by New Zealand farmer Jerome Wenzlick, will get a thorough public work-out at the New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships, part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, on Saturday March 9.

The posts are made from recycled soft plastics and plastic milk bottles. They can be treated just like wooden posts, and are just as strong but are more flexible. Subject to the conditions of use, the serviceable life is expected to be at least 50 years.  Being plastic, they’re not affected by moisture, fungi, insects or rot. They also are not CCA treated, which means no leaching issues. And if a post does need to be replaced, the old one can be recycled again.

“We’re delighted to be debuting these posts at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games,” Games founder Steve Hollander says. “They are a true example of Kiwi ingenuity – taking the problem of waste plastic and repurposing it into a New Zealand product that will have huge benefits on the farm and will last well into the future.”

“The posts will be set up alongside the Speed Fencing Championships. We hope plenty of people will come along to see how well they perform.”

The New Zealand Speed Fencing Championships pit our top fencers against the clock and each other, to use borers, put in a strainer, ram and chamfer the top strainer, run wires, insulate and put in posts.

Future Posts’ founder Jerome Wenzlick was inspired to create the posts while trying to ram posts in for a fence over an old rubbish tip site.

“What we’re doing is repurposing waste that could have gone to landfill and turning it in to a valuable product for consumers,” he says. The company has partnered with Fonterra for part of its raw materials supply and to distribute the posts. Each standard Future Post contains more than 200 plastic milk bottles, and 1,700 pieces of soft plastic, whereas a strainer post contains 1,600 milk bottles and 12,000 pieces of soft plastic.

“Our partnership with Fonterra gives us access to a steady supply of raw material from the Co-op’s own recycling initiatives,” he says. “It also gives us access to a network of nationwide Farm Source stores that can sell the fence posts, and access to 10,000 farmers who are actively engaged in environmental initiatives, like fencing to keep cows out of waterways and planting along river banks.”

 

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World record attempts, sporting stars, Trillian Trek & more free events for children https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/world-record-attempts-sporting-stars-trillian-trek-more-free-events-for-children/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 03:47:42 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2829 The 5th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games offering is heavily focused on free events for children, with a growing array of activities, and our popular events have been bolstered to reduce wait times. Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports, attracting more than 200 athletes... View Article

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The 5th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games offering is heavily focused on free events for children, with a growing array of activities, and our popular events have been bolstered to reduce wait times.

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 Games help bring Kiwis together to celebrate our rural heritage.

“The magic of the games is in bringing New Zealand’s rural sports all together in one location. These are heritage sports, so we don’t get to see such high calibre competition often, so it makes for a spectacular show and a celebration of the cultural elements of rural NZ life.” says Mr Davis.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says the Rural Games marks the start of ten days of rural festivities in the region.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says the Rural Games marks the start of ten days of rural festivities in the region.

“We are one of New Zealand’s few urban cities that are still connected to the land, as well as being the agri-food hub of our nation and last year more than 60,000 people attended dozens of rural-focused events across the ten days from the Games through to the Central Districts Field Days.”

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.

“At its heart it is a fun event for families and whānau. We want to encourage young and old alike to have a go at something new.

“We have the old crowd favourites the ANZAXE, Speed Shear, Highland Heavies and Sheep Dog Trials,” says Mr Hollander.

“There’ll be two world record attempts this year, in the tree climbing foot lock and hold, and egg throw and catch.

“This year, the Kids ‘n Country area will be larger than ever with inflatable footy fields, throwing walls, three self-drive diggers, tree climbing, miniature horse sulky rides and much more.

“The food court will be transformed into a Farmers Market on both days and for the first time we’ll be showcasing what is on offer around the Central North Island.”

The Games will be awash with celebrity sports people, from netball’s Irene van Dyk and Katrina Gore (nee Grant) through to world cup sevens captain and local Sarah Hirini (nee Goss), extreme fisher Matt Watson and the immensely popular Jordan Watson aka How to Dad. Plus the mad cap team from Trillian Trek will crash the Games on Sunday afternoon.

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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Array of sporting and social media stars to hit Palmerston North https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/array-of-sporting-and-social-media-stars-to-hit-palmerston-north/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:47:45 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2821 Sporting and social media stars will descend on Palmerston North for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards and attend the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports, attracting more than 200 athletes from... View Article

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Sporting and social media stars will descend on Palmerston North for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards and attend the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March, 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.

Games Founder Steve Hollander said the Games celebrate rural sports but bring out sporting stars from across New Zealand.

“In the past we’ve hosted Dame Valerie Adams, Steve Hanson and Emirates Team New Zealand members.”

2019 is no different:

  • Olympic and Commonwealth Games triathlete Tony Dodds will present the Fonterra Youth Award.
  • Former New Zealand Silver Ferns netball captain Katrina Rore (nee Grant) will present the Outstanding Contribution to the New Zealand Rural Sports Award.
  • Extreme fisherman and TV star Matt Watson. Matt will present the Lifetime Legacy Award and spend some time entertaining during the evening and he’ll be at the Rural Games all weekend – with a special opportunity to win a fishing trip on the Hauraki Gulf
  • Sir Brian Lochore will present the inaugural Sir Brian Lochore Outstanding Sportsperson from a Rural Background Award. Sir Brian is a true legend in New Zealand sport, as an All Black player, coach and selector. He is a member of the International Rugby Hall of Fame and was knighted in 1999 for services to sport and the community.
  • Australian World Record Coal Shovelling champion Scott McKinnon
  • Western Australia’s Olive Stone Spitting champion Micky Norris
  • Auckland Tuataras baseball player Kris Richards
  • Former San Diego Padres baseball player Riki Paewai
  • World Boot Throwing Bronze Medallist and current NZ Men’s Gumboot Throwing Champion Kieran Fowler.

On Saturday morning, Kids ‘n Country – which is a free event for under 12s – will host six members of the Central Pulse netball team including Irene van Dyk and Waimarama Taumaunu. They’ll be there to give some netball pointers. Everyone’s favourite Dad, How to Dad will be back to help out with Kids ‘n Country on the Saturday as well as taking part in the New Zealand Gumboot Throwing Championship.

“We are delighted that so many top-level athletes are joining us for the Awards night and the Games – their presence is an endorsement of the importance of rural sports in New Zealand,” says Mr Hollander.

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Mad cap cars to crash the Rural Games and donate to Palmerston North schools and groups https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/mad-cap-cars-to-crash-the-rural-games-and-donate-to-palmerston-north-schools-and-groups/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:47:43 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2826 Sunday afternoon at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be spectacular as the Trillian Trek arrives in town with 35 mad cap vehicles in tow. Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200... View Article

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Sunday afternoon at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be spectacular as the Trillian Trek arrives in town with 35 mad cap vehicles in tow.

Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – 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 and bring young people together by providing an array of free events for children.

The Trillian Trek is a Kiwi tradition – you might remember it as the Variety Bash – and over 29 years they’ve raised $10million for Kiwi Kids in need. Their mission is to spread as many smiles as possible and raise money for kids in need, and they do this through non-competitive charity car rallies around Aotearoa.

Trek Organiser Murray O’Donnell says about 135 people in 35 themed cars, buses and trucks will be part of the Trek.

“We’ll arrive at about midday and do a couple of laps of The Square before getting stuck into some of the Rural Games Have a Go events.”

There will be a twin-steer LA Fire Engine, five other Fire Engines plus Buses and cars all with a theme along with some very colourful people as well.

The 2019 Trek is raising funds for the Blue Light Charity, which is all about empowering youth at a community level.

While in Palmerston North Trillian Trek will announce $12,600 worth of grants to:

  • Cloverlea School
  • Terrace End School
  • SANNZ Milson Scouts
  • Ross Intermediate School
  • Mentored Charitable Trust

On Sunday March 10 the Trek leaves Tongariro and makes its way to The Square in Palmerston North for the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. The Trek will overnight in Palmerston North before heading to Lower Hutt. It’ll then come back up the island, landing in Paihiatua on March 13 and Taihape on March 14.

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Bucket list fishing trip with Matt Watson up for grabs https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/bucket-list-fishing-trip-with-matt-watson-up-for-grabs/ Fri, 01 Mar 2019 00:47:40 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2831 Matt Watson New Zealand’s world-famous extreme fisherman and Toyota’s Hilux ambassador will be attending the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. The Rural Games are held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from... View Article

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Matt Watson New Zealand’s world-famous extreme fisherman and Toyota’s Hilux ambassador will be attending the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

The Rural Games are held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – 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.

Matt hosts the TV Show Hook Me Up, where celebrities and everyday Kiwis go on their dream fishing expedition – from deep sea fishing through to crayfishing in Fiordland. In addition to spending 200 days a year game fishing he’s also a part-time fencer, a social media star and the star of his own TV show not to mention a strong advocate for marine conservation.

Andrew Davis, Toyota New Zealand’s General Manager of Marketing says New Zealand has a long tradition of iconic Kiwi adventurers.

“We’ve partnered with Matt and his team for a number of years and Matt’s adventures both on and off the water have placed him on the international stage,” says Mr Davis. “Matt will give anything a go so he is the perfect guy to show you what you can do in a Hilux!

By visiting the Toyota site you can meet Matt Watson as well as go in the draw to win a Matt Watson-hosted fishing trip in the Hauraki Gulf.

“For those who enjoy fishing this is a bucket list fishing trip that money just can’t buy!”

The Toyota site will also have the dunk your mate activity, coffees and a sausage sizzle, that through a gold coin donation you’ll be helping to support Matt’s passion – sustainable fishing by donating to the not for profit organisation LegaSea.

 

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Finalists announced for New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/finalists-announced-for-new-zealands-premier-celebration-of-rural-sports/ Tue, 19 Feb 2019 21:01:09 +0000 https://www.ruralgames.co.nz/?p=2791 The finalists have been decided for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards for 2019 on Friday 8 March in Palmerston North. The finalists are leaders in both traditional rural sports like shearing, fencing, wool handling and dog trials, and newer sports like gumboot throwing, cowboy action shooting and tree climbing. “The range of rural sports... View Article

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The finalists have been decided for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards for 2019 on Friday 8 March in Palmerston North.

The finalists are leaders in both traditional rural sports like shearing, fencing, wool handling and dog trials, and newer sports like gumboot throwing, cowboy action shooting and tree climbing.

“The range of rural sports represented in this year’s nominations is extraordinary, and I love the fact we’re honouring people from young athletes just starting to make their mark to the lifetime achievers and those who work away in the background to make sure our rural sports can happen,” says Sir Brian Lochore, Chair of the New Zealand Rural Sports Awards Judging Panel.

“The awards are now in their third year and are going from strength to strength thanks to our fantastic sponsors and supporters.”

The complete list of nominees is:

Norwood NZ Rural Sportsman of the Year:

  • Tony Bouskill – Fencing – Napier
  • Kieran Fowler – Gumboot Throwing – Dunedin
  • James Kilpatrick – Tree Climbing – Tauranga

Skellerup NZ Rural Sportswoman of the Year:

  • Nicky Ward-Allen – Tree Climbing – Eltham
  • Pagan Karauria – Wool Handling – Alexandra
  • Bex Baynes – Sheep Dog Trials – Wairoa

Fonterra NZ Rural Youth of the Year:

  • Briar Burnett-Grant – Equestrian – Taupo
  • Bradley McDowell – Cowboy Action Shooting – Whanganui
  • Sheree Tomlinson – Harness Racing – Canterbury

Levno Contribution to Rural Sport:

  • David James – NZ Arb – Blenheim
  • Neil Sidwell – Shearing – Waiwera
  • Nick Liefting – Fencing – Pukekohe

Toyota Lifetime Legacy:

  • Ricky May – Harness Racing – Ashburton
  • Hugh McCarroll – Shearing – Whangamata
  • Maurice Beatson – Equestrian – Dannevirke

Finalists for the Allflex Sir Brian Lochore Award for an Outstanding Mainstream NZ Sports Person from a Rural Background will be announced at the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards Dinner on Friday 8 March.

Tim Myers, Chief Executive Officer at Norwood, is delighted to once again be supporting the awards.

“Rural sports are such an integral part of the traditional rural lifestyle, and they tend to fly under the radar in terms of mainstream recognition. Norwood’s is very proud to be able to highlight the skill, commitment and talent of these competitors and supporters.”

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 rowing medalist Nathan Twaddle, Fencing legend Paul van Beers, 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 and Tony Leggett.

The Awards Dinner is held on Friday March 8 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 of our finalists will be sent as an attachment to this email. Photographs of our finalists are available on request:

For more information or to register attendance at the awards:

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

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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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