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December 31, 2015

Sir David Fagan, one of shearing's most honoured dozen
Shearing Sports New Zealand chairman Sir David Fagan is one of people understood to have been recognised in New Zealand's New Year or Queen's Birthday Honours for services including involvement in the shearing industrry and its sports.
The first is thought to have been Godfrey Bowen (OBE 1960), who with brother Ivan Bowen developed the famed Bowen shearing technique.
Godfrey Bowen was third in the inaugural Golden Shears Open final in 1961, won by Ivan Bowen who was awarded the MNZM in 2007 for services which included development of award-winning Rotorua tourism attraction the Agrodome.
Ivan Bowen is one of seven Golden Shears champions to be recognised in the honours over the years, the others being fellow Open champions Brian 'Snow' Quinn (MBE 1981), John Fagan (MBE 1992), Sir David Fagan (MNZM 1999, ONZM 2007, KNZM 2017), and Colin King (MNZM 2000), Open woolhandling champion Mavis Mullins (MNZM 2002), and 1965 Intermediate shearing champion Hugh McCarroll (MNZM 2013).
Mrs Mullins is one of three Golden Shears presidents to have been recognised, the others being Bob Chamberlain (MBE 1965) and Laurie Keats (MNZM 2009), and other recipients have been former long-serving Golden Shears secretary Colin Gilmour-Wilson (QSO 1995), and shearing instructor Allan Reid (QSM 2010)


Welcome to Shearing Sports New Zealand

Shearing sports New Zealand congratulates the Shearing Foundation, the Invercargill City Council and all involved in a supremely successful 40th anniversary World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in ILT Stadium Southland on February 8-11. We especially congratulate the winners, our own team of shearers John Kirkpatrick and Nathan Stratford, and woolhandlers Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty for winning the World titles, and blades shearers Tony Dobbs and Phil Oldfield, for their successes in beating all-but the South African team of Mayenseke Shweni and Joel Bongarni. The event was just one of 62 in New Zealand this season, including the Golden Shears and the New Zealand championships.

Sir David Fagan,
Shearing Sports chairman Knighted

On behalf of all involved in shearing in New Zealand and worldwide, Shearing Sports New Zealand congratulates chairman David Fagan on being Knighted in the New Year Honours for services to shearing. It was announced on December 31, 2016 and he becomes Sir David Fagan KNZM, ONZM, MNZM. Stories on the facebook feed below and on the media releases page, along with latest news throughout the season as we prepare to stage the World Championships in Invercargill in February 2017.

Read the media release here >>


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Media Releases:

Matthew Smith, Master Shearer - August 15, 2017
World record breaking England-based Northland and Hawke’s Bay shearer Matthew Smith has reached one of his ultimate goals by being acclaimed a Master Shearer by Shearing Sports New Zealand.......

Tough shearing tour ends in Wales - July 31, 2017
The New Zealland shearing team has ended an otherwise triumphant year for its sport with a disappointing end to its month-long tour of Scotland, England and Wales......

Green light for World shearing record - July 24, 2017
The weighting is over and it’s all systems go for Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith who will tackle the World solo eight-hour strongwool ewe shearing record in England tonight (NZST)......

Weighing game as Rowland Smith prepares for shearing record bid - July 23, 2017
Time’s zeroing-in for champion New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith who is now in a weighing-game ahead of a World record bid startin in the UK early on Monday night(NZST)......

World Shearing Record - July 20, 2017
New Zealand shearer and former World champion Rowland Smith is preparing for one of the busiest times of his life with a World recor attempt and two test matches against Wales in just six days.....

Jack Fagan wins French shearing title - July 16, 2017
New Zealand shearer Jack Fagan has won the French championships All-Nations Open final.....

NZ shearers claim 2-0 series win over England - July 13, 2017
The New Zealand shearing team has completed a 2-0 series win over England with victory in the second match at the Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate early today(NZ Ttime).....

New Zealand shearing team on UK tour - June 23, 2017
The New Zealand shearing team of World Champions and Hawke’s Bay guns John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith will shear seven test matches on a four-week CP Wool tour of the UK starting next week.....

Kiwis win UK shearing titles - June 6, 2017
New Zealand shearers have taken two titles at the Royal Bath and West Show’s British Golden Shears in England.....

All media releases for 2017 World Shearing Champs can be found at

    For a full list of Media Releases please click here

2016/2017 Competition Directory

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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

  • Showcase the opportunities our industry presents young people as a career, and provide them support and mentoring through training and competition

Shearing Sports New Zealand - Life Members...

  • Robin Kidd

  • Hugh McCarroll MNZM

  • John Fagan MBE

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