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There will be extra cause for
celebration on Saturday when the
Winton A and P Show opens for
the 96th year.
A brand new, purpose-built
competition shearing shed will be
given its first test, hosting the New
Zealand Crossbred Lamb Shearing
Fundraising for the 19.2m x 16m
clearspan shed began about June
last year and a concerted effort by
members of both the Southland
Shearing and Woolhandling
Committee and Winton A and P
Show committee saw the money
raised and the building able to be
erected in three weeks just prior to
It was signed off by Southland
District Council building inspectors
last Thursday, just in time for its
The Southland Shearing and
found itself homeless when the
Southland A and P Association
moved its traditional December
date to March -- outside the
competition shearing circuit and
clashing with shearing's premium
national event the Golden
Shears. It asked the Winton show
committee if it could stage its
major events there and last year
the New Zealand Crossbred Lamb
Shearing Championships were
held in a marquee at the show.
In a rousing show of confidence
in the future of the show, the
committee began traversing the
idea of building a permanent base
for competition shearing adjacent
to the Winton racecourse.
Project co-ordinator Norman
McCosh said there was no
shortage of willing volunteers to
see the project through.
A flurry of applications was made
to secure grants and sponsorships
and when it came time to erect
the building there was always a
full crew of volunteers to help with
The shed was supplied by
Sheds in conjunction with PGG
Wrightson. The builder was Owen
Final accounts are still to come
in but it's estimated the project
has cost around $43,000. The
committee raised $41,000. As
yet there is no raised board in the
shed -- that's a project for this
Shearing committee chairman
Gerald Spain said it was a
"beautiful shed" and a great credit
to members that it was built so
quickly and on budget.
Winton A and P Show committee
chairman John Dobson said
members were looking forward to
showcasing the new addition this
It was shaping up to be another
great community day out with
more than 60 trade stalls
confirmed and all of the usual
stock competitions, along with
activities for children.
"We really just want the weather
and the people will come along,"
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Committees shear in new shed build
The new shearing shed was constructed in three weeks last month, with no shortage of volunteer labour.
PHOTO: Gerald Spain
It's a big week for shearers on
the southern shearing circuit.
Otautau's Railway Hotel will
host its annual speed shearing
competition from 7.30pm on
On Friday is the annual
Northern Southland Community
Shears with Winton's Top Pub
hosting speed shears from
7.30pm that evening.
Friday sees the Southland
Shears at the Winton A and
P Show, featuring the New
Zealand Crossbred Lamb
The Southern Rural Fire Authority
has a new chairman.
Principal Rural Fire Officer Mike
Grant said the previous chairman,
Southland District Council chief
executive David Adamson, stood
down at the last meeting of the
His deputy, Des Minehan, from
Craigpine Ltd, was elected.
Dave Taylor, of the Department of
Conservation was elected deputy
Mr Adamson said it was a good
time to pass the reins over to Mr
"I am now chair of the Combined
Executive Group which is
overseeing the amalgamation of
Civil Defence in Southland and I
have been chair for Rural Fire for
six years, so it's the right time,"
Rural Fire was running well,
leading the way for other
authorities and boasted a depth
of people on its board who were
more than able to run it, he said.
"I've really enjoyed it -- Rural Fire
is a really good example of shared
services," Mr Adamson said.
Mr Minehan thanked Mr Adamson
for the effort he had put in over
the six years. He said the authority
was working well and therefore
did not foresee any changes.
"It will be a new challenge for me,
but it will be simply steady as we
go," he said.
New fire authority chairman
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