Spud in a bucket records tumble

PINT-SIZED GROWERS: Kimihia Te Kupu Te Kohanga Reo children, from left, Israel and Waimarama Ruru and Anahera Tai-Moranga, Tatum Takarangi-Sethi, Kairo-Dre Paenga-Wyllie, with their prize-winning spuds and Bunnings co-ordinator Julien Blot. Back, kohanga reo koka Jenny Rangihuna, with competition organiser Dan Staley. Pictures by Liam Clayton
PRIZE-WINNING HAUL: The winner of this year’s Alzheimers Gisborne fundraising Spud in a Bucket competition is Dave Harding (right) for his 1425 grams total. Second prize went to Rod Cutts (left) who won the prize for the most spuds grown from one seed.
Brandon Reynolds, 10, and Luke Reynolds, 7, show off their spuds.
Graeme Revell and John Cotton weigh the spuds.

IT'S BEEN a record-breaking year for the annual Alzheimers Gisborne Spud in a Bucket competition.

New records have been set across the board, with Dave Harding winning first prize for his 1.4 kilogram haul.

Mr Harding took home a lawn mower from Bunnings for growing the heaviest haul of spuds in one bucket, beating last year’s record 1225 grams by 200 grams.

Another record for the most potatoes from one seed was won by Rod Cutts with a massive 37 spuds propagated.

He also picked up second prize for his 1.3 kilogram total, winning an electric hedge trimmer and a battery-operated drill for his efforts.

A group of pint-sized potato growers from Kimihia Te Kupu Te Kohanga Reo in Kaiti entered spuds in this year’s competition which were judged in a separate children’s category.

“Bunnings is so generous with the prizes and gave away junior tool kits to the kids,” said organiser Dan Staley.

Mr Staley, who steps down from the job this year, sold a record-breaking 374 buckets, raising $3740 for Alzheimers Gisborne.

He said they broke another record for the number of buckets brought in for weighing, with 234 buckets being delivered for judging at the Bunnings carpark on Saturday.

This is the fifth year Mr Staley has organised the fundraiser and next year Lindsay Jamieson will take over.

“No one is irreplaceable and I think Lindsay will bring something new to the competition.”

“I’d like to thank Janet Willson (manager of Alzheimers Gisborne) for letting me do things my way.”

“The hardest part of the job has been the cleaning of the buckets. I’d get them from painters and paint shops, use a paint scraper to clean them and then drill the holes in the bottom.”

He said the competition has grown from 100 buckets five years ago to 374 this year, but he had wanted to sell 500.

“It’s good to have something to aim for.”

IT'S BEEN a record-breaking year for the annual Alzheimers Gisborne Spud in a Bucket competition.

New records have been set across the board, with Dave Harding winning first prize for his 1.4 kilogram haul.

Mr Harding took home a lawn mower from Bunnings for growing the heaviest haul of spuds in one bucket, beating last year’s record 1225 grams by 200 grams.

Another record for the most potatoes from one seed was won by Rod Cutts with a massive 37 spuds propagated.

He also picked up second prize for his 1.3 kilogram total, winning an electric hedge trimmer and a battery-operated drill for his efforts.

A group of pint-sized potato growers from Kimihia Te Kupu Te Kohanga Reo in Kaiti entered spuds in this year’s competition which were judged in a separate children’s category.

“Bunnings is so generous with the prizes and gave away junior tool kits to the kids,” said organiser Dan Staley.

Mr Staley, who steps down from the job this year, sold a record-breaking 374 buckets, raising $3740 for Alzheimers Gisborne.

He said they broke another record for the number of buckets brought in for weighing, with 234 buckets being delivered for judging at the Bunnings carpark on Saturday.

This is the fifth year Mr Staley has organised the fundraiser and next year Lindsay Jamieson will take over.

“No one is irreplaceable and I think Lindsay will bring something new to the competition.”

“I’d like to thank Janet Willson (manager of Alzheimers Gisborne) for letting me do things my way.”

“The hardest part of the job has been the cleaning of the buckets. I’d get them from painters and paint shops, use a paint scraper to clean them and then drill the holes in the bottom.”

He said the competition has grown from 100 buckets five years ago to 374 this year, but he had wanted to sell 500.

“It’s good to have something to aim for.”

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