Golden Shears World Council



It is with much sadness and huge regret that I inform all industry friends our World Council Secretary Mr Arthur Rundle passed in hospital after a short illness on December 2, 2016.

Arthurs passing will be a massive loss to our World Council. He was a true gentleman and was respected by all people that new him from around the world.

Arthur had huge knowledge of World Council rules, regulations and our constitution. His involvement with World Council spans back to 1994 when he was an understudy to previous secretary of World Council Mr Wesley Wilton of England.

The executive of World Council has organised a temporary secretary to minute the meetings at Invercargill.

Arthur had no direct family, but has a sister in England, Mrs M Pearce.

World Council offers our sincere condolences to Mrs Margaret Pearce and family on the sad loss of Arthur.

If there are any enquires or information required concerning World Championships 2017,

Please email World Council Chairman Mr Greg Herrick or Vice Chairman Mr George Graham on the following email address’s

World Championships 2017 to be held in Invercargill. World Champs website link

The next World shearing and woolhandling championships will be held in Invercargill on February 8-11, 2017.

The event, expected to attract competitors from about 30 countries, will be held at ILT Stadium Southland and be known as Golden Shears World Championships Southland 2017.

The event is held every 2-4 years, and the championships in Invercargill will be the 17th, marking the 40th anniversary of the first, held in England in 1977.

At the 16th championships in Ireland last year, it was announced the event would be held in Christchurch.

But a new location has been confirmed in an announcement by new Shearing Sports New Zealand chairman David Fagan and fellow former major title winner Tom Wilson, chairman of the New Zealand Shearing Foundation, a trust formed to manage revenue from the event.

Sponsorship and other funding is now being sought with the cost of staging the championships like to be several hundred thousand dollars, Mr Fagan said.

Mr Fagan, of Te Kuiti, won the championships’ glamour open machine shearing title five times, in 1988, 1992, 1996, 1998 and 2003, while Mr Wilson, a Scotsman now living in New Zealand, won the title in 1984.

They said that the facilities in Invercargill will be possibly the best in the World for the event, and there is a “huge groundswell” of support from the Invercargill City Council, other local bodies in the area, and rural Southland, which already hosts three of the major events on the Shearing Sports New Zealand calendar each summer.

The venue, already known as a significant indoor sports stadium, will hold 7-8000 people, which organisers hope will be attracted to the major titles showdowns, the individual and teams machine shearing, blades shearing and woolhandling finals.

Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt is enthusiastic, telling the Southland Times: “It’s certainly is an exciting event.”

The championships are run under the auspices of the Golden Shears World Council, which takes its name from the Golden Shears international championships held in Masterton annually since 1961.

The World Championships have been held in Masterton four times, but the 2017 championships will be the first in the South Island.

Country Specific Wool Handling Rules: Link

World Council meeting at Ascot Park Hotel, Invercargill. Wednesday 8th February 9:00am in the Takitimu Room

World Council debrief meeting at Ascot Park Hotel, Sunday 12th February 9:00am - 11:00am in the Takitimu Room

The Council

Greetings and welcome to Golden Shears World Council website.

We trust you find this site informative and helpful whilst also providing an insight into the exciting world of international competition of shearing and woolhandling.

Thank you for visiting.


A history of golden shears world council (2013)

Golden Shears World Council was formed in the small (population 3000) Australian country town of Euroa on October 27, 1980. Euroa was home to the Australian Golden Shears from 1974 until 1984 when the Australian Workers Union (AWU) applied a ban on competition with New Zealand effectively ending the event.

Current World Champion

Roland Smith

Roland Smith from Hawkes Bay
- winner of the World Shearing Chamipionships in 2014 held in Gorey Rep of Ireland