Gisborne novice woolhandler wins Golden Shears

Aromia took up job to pay off student debt.

Aromia took up job to pay off student debt.

FIRST-TIME CHAMPION: Gisborne woolhandler Aromia Ngarangione caused something of a sensation at the Golden Shears in Masterton yesterday when she won the novice woolhandling championship in her very first competition.
The 24-year-old took up shearing work to pay off her student loan after three years studying art.
She is pictured receiving her prize from MC Kieran McAnulty. Pictures by doug@shearingsports.co.nz
She handles the wool from shearer Lee Edmonds of Masterton.

GISBORNE woolhandler Aromia Ngarangione only got into woolhandling to pay off her student loan after her arts studies and yesterday, in her first competition, she won the Golden Shears novice championship in Masterton.

The 24-year-old works for Gisborne shearing contractors Ian and Beth Kirkpatrick.

“I am just trying to pay-off my student loan. It is very big,” she said when presented with the top prize.

The EIT graduate returned to fulltime work in woolsheds after three years studying contemporary art.

It was the first time she had competed in a woolhandling competition, something she decided to do after returning from working in West Australia last year.

“I wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” she said, after a final in which the three other finalists were all from Masterton.

As well as thanking her bosses Aromia thanked open-class woolhandler Amy Karaka who had shown her some of the nuances of the competition scene.

She comes from a long line of shearing industry workers, including older brother Wi Poutu, who in 2010 won the Golden Shears Intermediate shearing title.

Aromia started in a field of 14 in the heats and just made it into the final as fourth qualifier.

She was almost part of what would have been a unique opening-day double. Soon after her win her brother Richmond was runner-up in the novice shearing final won by Pongaroa shepherd Mark Baxter.

More than 20 titles will be decided during the Golden Shears. The open final glamour event will be shorn tomorrow night.

Results from day one:

Shearing - Novice final - (2 sheep): Mark Baxter (Pongaroa) 5min 9.975sec, 31.999pts, 1; Richmond Ngarangione (Gisborne) 6min 11.868sec, 35.593pts, 2; Ariana Hadfield (Wairoa) 8min 1.219sec, 37.061pts, 3.

Novice Woolhandling Championship final - Aromia Ngarangione (Gisborne) 46.2pts, 1; Georgia Oliverr (Masterton) 59.6pts, 2; Mize Peneha (Masterton) 73.4pts, 3.

GISBORNE woolhandler Aromia Ngarangione only got into woolhandling to pay off her student loan after her arts studies and yesterday, in her first competition, she won the Golden Shears novice championship in Masterton.

The 24-year-old works for Gisborne shearing contractors Ian and Beth Kirkpatrick.

“I am just trying to pay-off my student loan. It is very big,” she said when presented with the top prize.

The EIT graduate returned to fulltime work in woolsheds after three years studying contemporary art.

It was the first time she had competed in a woolhandling competition, something she decided to do after returning from working in West Australia last year.

“I wanted to get out of my comfort zone,” she said, after a final in which the three other finalists were all from Masterton.

As well as thanking her bosses Aromia thanked open-class woolhandler Amy Karaka who had shown her some of the nuances of the competition scene.

She comes from a long line of shearing industry workers, including older brother Wi Poutu, who in 2010 won the Golden Shears Intermediate shearing title.

Aromia started in a field of 14 in the heats and just made it into the final as fourth qualifier.

She was almost part of what would have been a unique opening-day double. Soon after her win her brother Richmond was runner-up in the novice shearing final won by Pongaroa shepherd Mark Baxter.

More than 20 titles will be decided during the Golden Shears. The open final glamour event will be shorn tomorrow night.

Results from day one:

Shearing - Novice final - (2 sheep): Mark Baxter (Pongaroa) 5min 9.975sec, 31.999pts, 1; Richmond Ngarangione (Gisborne) 6min 11.868sec, 35.593pts, 2; Ariana Hadfield (Wairoa) 8min 1.219sec, 37.061pts, 3.

Novice Woolhandling Championship final - Aromia Ngarangione (Gisborne) 46.2pts, 1; Georgia Oliverr (Masterton) 59.6pts, 2; Mize Peneha (Masterton) 73.4pts, 3.

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