27 Jan 2010

50th year tribute to great shearers

6:39 am on 27 January 2010

This year's Golden Shears competition will include a tribute to some of the great Maori shearers of yesteryear.

Commentator Koro Mullins says shearers such as Ray Alabaster, Samson Te Whata and Jack Dowd, the first Maori to hold the world ewe and lamb record, paved the way for today's "young guns" like Johnny Kirkpatrick and Dion Morrell from Ngati Kahungunu.

Top commentators from overseas will also be there.

He told Waatea News a huge amount of organisation is going into making the 50th Golden Shears in Masterton in March an event to remember.

The New Zealand team for the world championships in Wales will be named after the event.