Competing in competitions means fencing contractors can upskill and network with like-minded people

Fences without borders

by Ann van Engelen

Highlighting the skills fencing contractors have is just one reason the New Zealand Fencing Competition committee have reignited the event at the local field days.

“It is a sharp, competition and really interesting as the fencers exhibit what they do every day. We have four competitions with an overall winner at each event and an overall points tally for all placegetters,” says organiser Debbie White.

“We are showcasing South Island fencing skills as there was nothing recognised down here for many years. We created a format to suit the local conditions and recognise what installation techniques and materials are needed in the region.”

The competitors will use Goldpine posts as they are known for strength, Wiremark New Zealand made wire, Stockade mechanical posting guns instead of a hammer and Australian fencing waratahs, which are made from quality Australian galvanised steel and known for strength and durability.

“The hill country needs waratahs because of carting ease as it is all done by hand and these will last 40 to 50 years.

“The career is becoming more professional, and it is a lonely occupation, so the events are a valuable way for people to upskill and network. They support each other, and we are developing a nice database for the region.

“Judges come from around the country, and it is a serious national level competition.

“The sponsors are incredible; without them, there wouldn’t be a competition. They often go beyond the product and finances, and provide judges and help out at the event.”