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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the town of Te Kūiti and its sheep-shearing industry. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

A towering statue of a shearer presides over Te Kūiti, which bills itself as the world's shearing capital. The town hosts a yearly carnival, including a 'running of the sheep' down the main street, and a shearing competition where champion shearers -- skilled athletes who can process more than 700 animals a day -- are put through their paces.

Shearing,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/shearing?setlang=en

Country town icons,
http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/country-towns/7/5

King Country rugby,
http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/regional-rugby/king-country

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives http://www.soundarchives.co.nz/. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-t-0301-pm).

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit http://www.mch.govt.nz/roadside/

Map showing Te Kūiti Shearing Capital - Roadside Stories