Best Pukeamaru contest a fitting tribute to Nelson

Successful competition, tinged with sadness.

Successful competition, tinged with sadness.

Moananui Higgins won the heaviest stag section of the Pukeamaru Hunting & Fishing Club’s annual stag and boar competition. He collected $1000 and was the inaugural recipient of a memorial trophy honouring Nelson Hari. Pictures supplied
No 4WD vehicle was needed by Phoenix Brown. He transported his boar on the roof of a car and won the average weight category.
TJ Awarau used two-legged power to get his boar to the weigh-in.

The most successful Pukeamaru Hunting & Fishing Club stag and boar competition yet was tinged with sadness this year.

Sixty competitors from near and far, including one all the way from Thames, registered for the contest — a turnout club coordinator Stevie Brooking described as “really awesome”.

“It was our most successful event yet. It was the largest number of registrations so far . . . it seems to grow every year.”

A lot of non-hunters turned up to have a look, she said.

“A lovely older couple in their 80s biked over to Te Araroa from Hicks Bay to spectate.”

Ms Brooking said this year was extra special because it featured the first presentation of a trophy for the heaviest stag in memory of passionate hunter Nelson Hari.

Nelson, 25, was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Tapuaeroa Road during last year’s competition period while on his way home from a function at a marae near Ruatoria.

Police recently said they had exhausted all avenues of inquiry into the tragic event and had passed on the case to the coroner.

Nelson would have weighed in the second-heaviest stag last year. His father did instead.

Knowing how much Nelson loved hunting, Ms Brooking said the club asked his whanau if they would like to have a prize placing as a tribute to him.

“It is for people just like Nelson who we hold the competitions for,” she said.

Moananui Higgins became the inaugural winner of the trophy with his 142.9-kilogram stag, pocketing $1000 as well.

The most successful Pukeamaru Hunting & Fishing Club stag and boar competition yet was tinged with sadness this year.

Sixty competitors from near and far, including one all the way from Thames, registered for the contest — a turnout club coordinator Stevie Brooking described as “really awesome”.

“It was our most successful event yet. It was the largest number of registrations so far . . . it seems to grow every year.”

A lot of non-hunters turned up to have a look, she said.

“A lovely older couple in their 80s biked over to Te Araroa from Hicks Bay to spectate.”

Ms Brooking said this year was extra special because it featured the first presentation of a trophy for the heaviest stag in memory of passionate hunter Nelson Hari.

Nelson, 25, was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Tapuaeroa Road during last year’s competition period while on his way home from a function at a marae near Ruatoria.

Police recently said they had exhausted all avenues of inquiry into the tragic event and had passed on the case to the coroner.

Nelson would have weighed in the second-heaviest stag last year. His father did instead.

Knowing how much Nelson loved hunting, Ms Brooking said the club asked his whanau if they would like to have a prize placing as a tribute to him.

“It is for people just like Nelson who we hold the competitions for,” she said.

Moananui Higgins became the inaugural winner of the trophy with his 142.9-kilogram stag, pocketing $1000 as well.

Contest results

Heaviest stag: Moananui Higgins, 142.9kg ($1000), 1; Dave Houkamau, 140.9kg ($500) 2; Te Kooti Kingi, 138.4kg ($250) 3.

Best head: Dave Houkamau.

Heaviest boar: Wereta Kake, 76.4kg ($500) 1; Richard Brooking ($250) 67.9kg, 2; Meiha Waitoa ($100) 57.5kg, 3.

Average weight: 44.9kg Phoenix Brown ($1000).

Best dressed: Rangi Tihore.

Best jaw: Wereta Kake.

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