- “The Great NZ Muster” Te Kuiti
“The Great NZ Muster” Te Kuiti
Arriving at the Te Kuiti Domain via Taupiri Street 9am Friday the 29th, Neal Derecourt and this parking team marking out the domain in preparation for the weekends parking, Chrissy, Ann and helpers set up the registration tent and table ready for the first arrival at 11am.
By 12.30pm there where 81 motorhomes and caravans parked, talking with fellow members all were looking forward to an interesting weekend as many had never seen this event before.
At 12.30pm the Te Kuiti Primary just across from the Domain opened their doors offering a BBQ lunch to all our members, a fund raiser for the school, at 1.30pmthe school Kapa Haka Group performed for us, great to see young people performing with such passion, then a welcome from the Mayor Brian Hanna, followed by presentations from representatives from the Weekends organising committee, Te Kuiti Museum, the Gallagher Meads Museum, the I site and from the secretary of the NZ Shearing Committee advising members what was on offer, and the concessions available by showing your NZMCA membership card.
Brian Hanna had two tickets for the Friday night Corporate function, everyone’s name went into the hat and Chrissy and I were the lucky winners, the first comment from Chrissy” I don’t have anything to wear” It was a very enjoyable evening watching the young guns perform and an opportunity to talk with councillors from the Waitomo District and the MP for this area.
Talking with fellow members the next day, many had never seen competitive shearing, so close to 90 of us enjoyed the finals on Saturday evening, shearing athletes, male and female from all over the world, just to watch these athletes was a pleasure, passion for the task and competitiveness against each other shone through, but good mates when it’s over.
But, if anyone thinks that that “The Great NZ Muster is all about sheep running through the main street of Te Kuiti they would be wrong, yes there is a lot of activity involving sheep including the NZ Shearing Championship involving some of the best shearing athletes in the world and there is the “Running of the Sheep” in Rora street that is a must see, but on Saturday the town comes alive, the entire main street closed off from 10am through to 3pm with areas set aside for youth activities, children’s entertainment centre, an Arts Alley for all those creative people to do their stuff, Arts and Craft stalls on both sides of the street, Wearable art, Waitomo Tourism, the Te Kuiti Museum, the Gallagher Meads Museum, with bands performing throughout the days this year featuring “The Feelers”, shearing competitions taking place at the Les Munro Centre from Thursday through to the finals on Saturday evening.
What an amazing weekend the Waitomo District Council have organised, everyone that attended enjoyed a relaxed but fun weekend.
We will be back next year.