Shearers flocking to Mangawhai for new sheep speed event


Some of New Zealand’s fastest sheep shearers will be heading to Mangawhai Tavern on Saturday, November 3 when the pub stages its first Speed Shear event.

Up to 60 shearers will be competing in three categories – Open, Senior and Local – for a $10,000 prize pool, with former NZ champions confirmed in the open class.

There will be music from House DJ Uncle Phil throughout, with each shearer getting to choose his or her favourite tunes to shear by, plus Tavern regulars A2stix from Whangarei playing classic party hits and funky covers live.

Mangawhai Tavern general manager Poni Sula says with a loyal clientele made up of local sheep and dairy farmers, the idea of organising a speed shearing event was a natural fit for the pub.

“On consultation, it was a very relevant event and it was also on-brand for our family atmosphere and vision,” he says. “It’s going to be a fun event for families, and we expect about 1000 people on the day.”

Speed Shear 2018 will also be a fundraiser for Pillars, the NZ mentoring charity for children whose parents are in prison.

Registration will take place from 1pm, with shearing starting at 4pm. Entry costs $60 for Open or $40 for Senior and Local classes. For early entry, text Phil on 021 259 6573.