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Kaiwaka shearers at nationals

Posted at 10:00am Monday 26 Apr, 2021

Plenty of talent among northern shearers.
Plenty of talent among northern shearers.

Kaiwaka shearers Toa Henderson, Tama Nahona and Hamu Henderson, all of Henderson Shearing, competed against the country's best at the Shearing Sports New Zealand national championship in Te Kuiti this month.

Toa Henderson made the Open Plate final, where he placed fourth with 43 points.

He sheared 10 sheep in nine minutes and 12 seconds, beating Te Kuiti's Jack Fagan, who achieved fifth place.

It is the first time Toa has competed in the nationals since 2007, after recently returning from Australia.

It has given him motivation “to give it a proper crack” next season and chase more competitive shows around the North Island.

Tama Nahona competed in the Open Senior championship final, shearing 23 sheep in 12 minutes and six seconds. He placed third with 49.3 points.

Hamu Henderson competed in the Junior final, taking fifth with 42.3 points and a time of nine minutes and 42 seconds.

The championships attracted 217 shearers and woolhandlers. The winner of this year's open final was Rowland Smith of Hastings.

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