Property Brokers Running of the Wools heads to Palmerston North

Hundreds of sheep will be herded through Palmerston North next year as the Property Brokers Running of the Wools moves into the city.

Running of the Wools began life in Queenstown in 2014 as a free, fun event to help connect rural and urban communities. It moved to Feilding in 2017, and in 2019 it will make its way to Palmerston North for the first time.

The event will launch a week-long series of agri-related events across the region which includes the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards, Central Districts Field Days and New Zealand Agrifood Week.

Around 1000 sheep will be herded carefully through the central city, following community street races including the man and mutt, wool fadge competition and more.

Palmerston North Mayor Grant Smith says he’s thrilled to help bring the Running of the Wools into Palmerston North.

“Last year, we saw more than 50,000 people taking part in our agri-week events so it’s great to be able to include the Running of the Wools in next year’s line-up.

“These events showcase our heritage as a hub for agri-business and really bring our communities together.”

Property Brokers Founder and Principal Tim Mordaunt says Running of the Wools is about celebrating our unique Kiwi rural life and having fun.

“It’s a real spectacle and will be another drawcard for the city.”

“The decision to move to the city is welcome – our head office is on Broadway, so it’s a good fit for us.”

The Property Brokers Running of the Wools is organised by the team behind the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis says Palmerston North is a perfect fit as it is the wider region’s agri-hub.

“It used to be a common sight to see stock on the road being moved from paddock to paddock, and it is still is in many parts of the country. However, with increasing numbers of New Zealanders living in cities fewer Kiwis have experienced it.”

“We have been delighted with the ongoing support of Manawatu District Council and thank them for hosting the event in Feilding over the past two years. We have agreed to bring this fantastic event to Palmerston North to grow the event even further and make it a drawcard for locals and visitors alike.”

Manawatu Mayor Helen Worboys says moving the event to city will add another dimension to the already successful New Zealand Rural Games program.

The Running of the Wools will start near the eastern corner of The Square opposite Paper Plus and run towards the Main Street roundabout where it will turn into The Square, coming to an end near Bethany’s restaurant. Following the event, street sweepers will clean the route before being reopened.