Cancellation ‘gutting’


“It’s a bit gutting” is Mataura shearer Brett Roberts’ take on the cancellation of the Golden Shears.

The 61st Golden Shears, which were scheduled to have been held in Masterton this week, have been cancelled at the last minute.

The decision was made at an emergency executive meeting on Sunday, following the overnight announcement of a return to Covid-19 Alert Level 2 across most of the country and the escalation to Level 3 in Auckland.

Roberts said he been attending the event for the past 13 years.

“I’m 26 now.

“There’s no show like the Golden Shears – it’s the pinnacle of our shearing calendar.”

It was especially disappointing because he believed he was well prepared for the open event he would have competed in, he said.

“Shearing-wise, it’s the best I’ve felt to try and make the final.”

There were more competitions ahead of him, he said.

The last one was the New Zealand Shears in Te Kuiti in April.

Roberts travelled home on Monday with friend Kahn Culshaw (26) who had been entered in the senior event.

Culshaw said after the hard work he had put in he was also very disappointed about the cancellation.

“You look forward to it all year and it gets cancelled just like that.

“It’s pretty heartbreaking.”

He had had some good results this year, including a first in the Otago Shears.

Being part of the Golden Shears was a special event, Culshaw said.

“I would have been happy just to compete … The atmosphere and everything is quite overwhelming.”

Soroptimist International (SI) of Gore’s dinner to celebrate International Women’s Day will go ahead at this stage.

The event will be held at Food Affair at the Gore Racecourse on Tuesday (March 8) from 6.30pm.

The speaker will be Bernadette Hunt, who won Soroptimist International of Gore Woman of the Year at the Gore District Community Awards last year.

SI Gore secretary Deborah Wood said organisers would decide at the weekend whether the event would go ahead.

“Normally, there’s never 100 of us … No point cancelling it and then find out we’re all in Level 1 and everyone else is in Level 2,” Mrs Wood said.

It had not been decided whether the Balfour Backyard Beauties, the event where everyone brings their favourite vehicle to show off at the Balfour sports ground, would go ahead on Sunday, organiser Zaynor McLean said.

“We will be making the decision whether we go ahead by Thursday,” Mrs McLean said.

The Community Networking Trust usually co-ordinates the running of Children’s Day in Gore.

This year a different format had been planned and there was to be a free screening of a new-release movie for families at the SBS St James Theatre.

Trust centre co-ordinator Kelly Young said the trust had made the difficult decision to cancel the movie showing.

“There is just too much uncertainty for us for the numbers we wanted to have in the theatre,” Mrs Young said.

Even though there was no official community event, people could still observe the day, she said.

“We can still recognise Children’s Day and celebrate our tamariki,” Mrs Young said.

The committee was planning on using Mataura Licensing Trust and Hokonui Huanui grants to buy movie tickets from the SBS St James Theatre.

Those tickets could then be used to celebrate Children’s Day with a film at times that suited each family.

Gore Kids Hub and Calvin Community Church have also postponed a teddy bears’ picnic organised for Children’s Day.

Kids hub trust member Emily Mowat said the event would be held later in the year.

“We’ve put it on hold,” Ms Mowat said.

The Blue Mountain Motorcycle Club’s Original Moa Flat Trail Ride planned for this weekend has been postponed.

Club spokeswoman Kate Lindale said the group was looking to reschedule the event.

“We are looking for a date in April that will work with all our landowners and volunteers.”