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NZ's close-knit woolhandling family

Some say it takes talent to truly recognise talent. And when it has a family connection it has extra meaning.

Joel Henare is on top of his game after the 2012 World Champion won both the Northern Southland and Southland Shears Open Woolhandling titles over the weekend.

He impressed his peers, including fellow competitor Pagan Karauria, with this heartfelt exchange on the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships' Facebook page, earlier this week ...
The artist Joel refers to in his reply is Pagan's mother Tina Rimene, who Joel credits alongside the late Joanne Kumeroa as key influences on his wonderful career in the sport.

This week he told the Otago Daily Times Rimene had "put a lot of hard yards and time" into him; not just woolhandling but life skills in general. "She took me under her belt like a mum," he said.

That's why Pagan's words would have had special meaning for Joel.

The support and obvious respect between the two, both outstanding members of the New Zealand woolhandling community, is great to see.


Listen to our chat with Joel at the recent Northern Southland Community Shears below.