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Te Kūiti Shearing Capital - Roadside Stories

Te Kūiti Shearing Capital - Roadside Stories


Lawrence St, Te Kuiti

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the town of Te Kūiti and its sheep-shearing industry. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

A towering statue of a shearer presides over Te Kūiti, which bills itself as the world's shearing capital. The town hosts a yearly carnival, including a 'running of the sheep' down the main street, and a shearing competition where champion shearers -- skilled athletes who can process more than 700 animals a day -- are put through their paces.


Country town icons,

King Country rugby,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-0301-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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