Ambassador promotes shearing champs during Waitomo District visit [fr]

Waitomo District Mayor Brian Hanna invited Ambassador Florence Jeanblanc-Risler to the New Zealand Shearing Championships and Great New Zealand Muster, held in Te Kuiti from March 31 until April 2.

This follows visits by the Ambassador to Invercargill in February and Masterton in March to promote the 2019 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, which are to be held in the French village of Le Dorat.

The Ambassador met Prime Minister Bill English, Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger and former All Black Sir Colin Meads while attending the events, which included a parade of 954 sheep down the main street of Te Kuiti.

Te Kuiti, which is part of the Waitomo District and the Taranaki-King Country electorate, is also the home of distinguished shearer Sir David Fagan. The town has honoured its shearing culture with a larger-than-life statue of a shearer.

The visit allowed the Ambassador to promote the 2019 championships and better understand issues of importance for New Zealand’s rural heartland and Taranaki-King Country in particular.

This included meeting with Mr. Hanna, who is fully engaged in promoting small rural communities, and his wife Andrea, who is deeply involved in sustainable farming as a national judging coordinator for the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Le Dorat and the 2019 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships

Le Dorat is located in the Haute-Vienne department, which is part of France’s Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Organising group AMTM - Le Dorat plans to hold the event in early July 2019, and hopes to attract up to 30,000 visitors and 300 shearers to shear 5000 sheep.

Dernière modification : 11/04/2017

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