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Shearing Sports New Zealand congratulates and thanks all those who competed, judged and otherwise worked so hard to make competitions possible throughout the 2012-2013 season. A special congratulations to those who headed the rankings of shearers and woolhandlers during the season. The rankings, for all competitors who reached finals, appear on the rankings and titles page of this website.

For the 2013/2014 season up to date results will be posted on the competition results page of this website as the events pass and results are confirmed. There is also the latest news available on the Media Releases page.

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The competition dates for 2013/2014 competitions can be viewed on this pdf.





Shearing Results



Media Releases:



Who were the top-ranked shearers and woolhandlers in 2013-2014? - April 14, 2014
Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick extended his record as Shearing Sports New Zealand's top-ranked Open shearer to eight seasons as he relentlessly chased the shows and ribbons throughout the country during the 2013-2014 summer...

You b-ewe-dies! Beau an co do merino record - April 08, 2014
Australian Beau Guelfi has become only the second person to hold World records in both strongwool and finewool shearing set in both New Zealand and Australia...

Blades veteran Dobbs hones in on new World Champs bid - March 31, 2014
The selection of New Zealand's team for this year's World shearing and woolhandling championships....

Smith and Kirkpatrick dominate NZ Champs and head for Ireland - March 31, 2014
Hawke's Bay will have both Kiwi machine shearing representatives at a World Championships for the second time in a row after a big quinella in the New Zealand championships Open final in Te Kuiti on Saturday night (March 29)....

Schoolboy Puna wins another shears title - March 28, 2014
Manawatu high school student Connor Puha celebrated another successful day away from the classroom by winning the national Novice shearing final in Te Kuiti...

Former shearing champ Avery returns as Open hope in Te Kuiti - March 28, 2014
Former World shearing champion Paul Avery has grabbed a slim chance of representing his country again by qualifying for the quarterfinals of the New Zealand Open shearing championship in Te Kuiti...

TAB Opens bets on New Zealand Shears Open starting today - March 28, 2014
The TAB has opened betting on the 30th New Zealand Shearing Championships in Te Kuiti by installing defending champion and dual Golden Shears Open champion Rowland Smith as a warm $2 favourite...

David Fagan - 30years a competitor, and organiser - March 27, 2014
Multiple World, Golden Shears and national shearing champion David Fagan is giving-up hope on one of his dreams - that he will one day be able to go to the New Zealand championships as just a competitor...

World champ Gavin Mutch scores big win in Taranaki Shears - March 25, 2014
Taranaki farmer and Scottish shearer Gavin Mutch has scored a major success ahead of his World title defence in May by winning the Taranaki Shears Open title in Stratford on Sunday....

Welsh prepare for World Champs after NZ tour - March 10, 2014
The Welsh shearing team of Gareth Daniel and Richard Jones has returned home from a New Zealand tour which despite losses in all four Elders Primary Wool Shearing Series tests has prepared the pair well for the 16th World Championships in Ireland in May....

Ireland here we come - Joel and Ronnie get the nod - March 03, 2014
It was all on for young and not so old as reigning World woolhandling champion Joel Henare today won the right to defend the title at Gorey in Ireland in May....

Rowland Smith retains Golden Shears title and heads for World Champs - March 03, 2014
Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith is setting his sights on becoming a World champion after successfully defending the Golden Shears Open shearing title in Masterton....

Anzac spirit helps Australia to shearuing test win over New Zealand - March 02, 2014
The camaraderie of international shearing has again been demonstrated with an Australian transtasman series victory over New Zealand on the Kiwis' home turf....

Results from the 54th Golden Shears International Shearing and Woolhandling Championships - March 01, 2014
Results from the 54th Golden Shears International Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Masterton on February 27-March 1, 2014...

St David's Day triumph for Welsh at Golden Shears - March 01, 2014
GThey'd be calling it the St David's Day Massacre after two Welsh shearers annihilated the more favoured New Zealanders to win Wales' first two titles at the famed Golden Shears International Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand for 23 years...

Creedence takes one for tiny Raupunga at Golden Shears - March 01, 2014
A long-time struggling Northern Hawke's Bay community's revival through the growth of one of the area's biggest shearing businesses had some crowning glory today as Raupunga's Creedence Culshaw won the Golden Shears Junior woolhandling title in Masterton....

North Otago youngster goes for shearing gold - February 28, 2014
Golden Shears junior shearing championship favourite Joel Richards, of Oamaru, has kept his hopes alive as top qualifier for the six-shearer final in Masterton tomorrow....

Sevens star Sarah set for shear show in Masterton - February 28, 2014
New Zealand women's Sevens vice-captain Sarah Goss is set to shear at the Golden Shears in Masterton tonight....

Henare homes in on World title bid - February 28, 2014
Reigning World champion woolhandler Joel Henare has become a hot-favourite to defend his title in Ireland in May after qualifying for first place in a New Zealand team selection trial at the Golden Shears in Masterton...

Top guns in charge in Golden Shears senior heats - February 28, 2014
The Golden Shears senior shearing championship is set for a tense finish tomorrow with all the top contenders having qualified for the morning's semi-final....

Cancer battling wool champ comes back for more - February 28, 2014
Multiple World and Golden Shears woolhandling champion Joanne Kumeroa has made a stunning return to her grand stage by competing in today's Open woolhandling heats, a year after thinking cancer would mean she'd never see "the Goldies" again....

Seven's star Sarah's the Goss as Golden Shears hypes-up big second day - February 28, 2014
The hopes of one of New Zealand top women's rugby players shearing at the Golden Shears in Masterton tonight were still in abeyance today despite her withdrawal from the invitation event she won last year....

King pips Forde in Golden Shears Speedshear - February 27, 2014
Hastings shearer Dion King has drawn first-blood among the Open-class stars at the Golden Shears in Masterton by winning the event's first in-stadium Speedshear tonight....

A veteran at 15 - Connor adds shears title to woolhandling win - February 27, 2014
The first shearing title at the 54th Golden Shears in Masterton has gone to a 15-year-old Feilding High School pupil who is already a regular at the championships, with hopes of becoming the first person to win Golden Shears titles in both shearing woolhandling....

Teenager Shaylyn wins a Goldie as shears fest starts - February 27, 2014
The 15-year-old daughter of a World record holding shearer has got her own shearing sports career off to a blazing start by winning the first final decided on the opening day of the 54th Golden Shears in Masterton today....

Fagan lines up another big win at Golden Shears - February 24, 2014
Shearing icon David Fagan is lining-up a 10th victory in one of New Zealand's toughest shearing events after heading the qualifiers for the PGG Wrightson National Circuit finals to be shorn in Masterton this week....

King hit adds even more spark to Golden Shears - February 23, 2014
Hastings shearer Dion King added even more spark to the Golden Shears mix when he completed a weekend of upsets by winning the Pahiatua Shears Open today (February 23)....

Buick scores second Apiti win - February 22, 2014
Pongaroa farmer David Buick established himself as a clear contender to become Wairarapa's first Golden Shears champion in Masterton next weekend when he successfully defended the Apiti Sports Open title today (February 22)....

Mark this one down - the lone Grainger's win in Taumarunui - February 21, 2014
A maiden Open-class win for Te Kuiti shearer Mark Grainger kicked off a weekend of surprises in the major competitions heading into Golden Shears week....

Big week starts for shearers and woolhandlers - February 21, 2014
A big week starts tomorrow for many of the top shearers and woolhandlers as they start the buildup to the 54th Golden Shears in Masterton next week...

Sampey has his day in Murchison - February 20, 2014
It might sometimes be hard to tell which is full-time and which is part-time for Blenheim photographer, rifleman and shearer Richard Sampey...

Centennial prize for Doug Smith - February 17, 2014
Northland shearer Doug Smith successfully defended New Zealand's northernmost shearing title when he won the Open final at the centennial North Hokianga A and P Show at Broadwood on Saturday...

Johnny K bangs out another double in Gore - February 16, 2014
Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick bounced-back to winning form with a vengeance as he won Gore's prestigious Southern Shears Open and South Island Shearer of the Year double for a sixth time on Saturday...

Herbert does woolhandling double in the south - February 15, 2014
Te Awamutu's Keryn Herbert completed a morale-boosting pre-Golden Shears South Island double by winning the Southern Shears Open woolhandling title in Gore on Friday...

World champs vy for chance at Gorey glory - February 14, 2014
Three former World woolhandling champions are lining-up to challenge reigning champion Joel Henare in his bid to represent New Zealand and defend the title in Ireland in May...

Tall Smith at short odds for Goldies repeat - February 14, 2014
Two-metres-tall Hastings shearer Rowland Smith has been made one of the shortest opening-price favourites in Golden Shears history in odds released by the TAB more than a fortnight out from the 54th annual championships in Masterton...

Wool industry young guns on show at Southern Shears - February 13, 2014
Some of the brightest young hopes in New Zealand shearing and wool handling will take a starring role on the first day of the Southern Shears in Gore tomorrow...

Osborne gets Jack's cup at Arapohue - February 10, 2014
It was like catching up with old friends when Tangowahine shearer Neville Osborne won one of the most prized trophies at the 117th Northern Wairoa A and P Show at Arapohue on Saturday...

Smith wins second Otago Shears title - February 09, 2014
Hastings shearer Rowland Smith's charge towards his defences of the Golden Shears and New Zealand Championships titles next month and a possible crack at a World title in May continued when he won his second Otago championships Open title in Balclutha yesterday...

Herbert gets Woolhandler of the Year win at last - February 09, 2014
Te Awamutu woolhandler Keryn Herbert had possibly her biggest individual success in a busy 11-season Open competition career when she beat Golden Shears and World champion Joel Henare...

Shearers head south to start shearing Grand Slam - February 01, 2014
Shearing's closest thing to a Grand Slam kicks off when the Otago shearing and woolhandling championships take place in Balclutha on Friday and Saturday (February 7-8)...

Bramley returns north for Paparoa win - February 01, 2014
Kaeo shearer Hamish Bramley scored his first win in the North Island for several years when he won the Open shearing title at the North Kaipara A and P Show at Paparoa on Saturday...

Welsh win in Reefton, again - February 01, 2014
Welsh shearers have triumphed at the Reefton A and P Show for the second year in a row...

Three North Island champs wins in a row for Rowland Smith - February 01, 2014
Giant Hawke's Bay shearer Rowland Smith displayed a special quality of grit and determination as he won the North Island Open Shearing Championship for a third year in a row at the Rangitikei Shearing Sports in Marton today...
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New Zealand wool is recognised internationally for its quality and consistency as a result of the partnership between sheep farmers, wool harvesters and processors. The skills of shearers, wool handlers and pressers maximise the value of the wool grown throughout the country and help maintain New Zealand's proud tradition as a producer of the world's finest wools.

Shearing Sports New Zealand - our role...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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