Ploughing power in Kirwee

by Kent Caddick

It was near perfect conditions for the New Zealand Ploughing Nationals held near Kirwee recently.

Featuring both modern and vintage tractor ploughing, as well as horse ploughing, the annual competition hosted by Courtenay Paparua Ploughing Association attracted entrants from throughout New Zealand. There was a large crowd during the two-day event who were also entertained with dancing competitions, stalls and demonstrations of machinery vintage and new including a few steam engines. The winners of the Farmlands Fuel and Gulf Oil Silver Plough, Bob Mehrtens and Ian Woolley respectively will now represent New Zealand at the World Ploughing Contest at Germany in 2018.

Simon Reed of Kirwee received the Fairhall Trophy, which was awarded to the highest placed competitor previously not placed in the top five at a New Zealand Championship event, while another local, Ashley Seaton, was awarded the W G Miller Trophy for the highest placed competitor under the age of 35.
Colin Drummond from Erewhon Station competing with his eight-horse team

Kelvin Stokes from Taupiri in the Waikato has been competing at 
the New Zealand Ploughing Nationals since 1977