Maori television brings world shearing champs to global screens

For the first time ever, Māori Television is hosting a livestream of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championship 2017, bringing the heart of rural Aotearoa to Australian and global digital screens.

The audience won’t miss a minute of the joy, drama and disappointment streamed live from ILT Stadium, February 8th-11th 2017 on with full coverage of the heats, semi’s, finals and prize-giving available to view.

Held every two to four years, The Golden Shears World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships was first held in England in 1977 with the location alternating between the northern and southern hemispheres.

The pinnacle competition of its category, this championship is the biggest event in shearing and wool handling internationally with the 2017 competition being it’s largest yet.

Hosting participants from over 30 countries, 2017’s competition will be held in the South Island in a New Zealand first, with Invercargill’s ILT stadium transformed into one of the world’s largest woolsheds, seeing 4500 sheep come through the gates over the three day event.

Shearing and woolhandling are long-held traditions, deeply rooted in Australia’s cultural history since the days of blade shears in the early 1800’s and the subsequent invention of machine shearing later that century.

Despite the continual advances of wool gathering technology and techniques, machine shearing is still the most common way to harvest wool with Australia still being the largest provider of Merino wool to the world.

Livestream can be viewed worldwide on Broadcast commences Wednesday 8 February 2017 at 11am NZT.

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