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.
Listen to a Roadside Story about Te Kūiti and shearing. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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).
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