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Notable First

The Matawai Hill Country Spinners ereated a notable first at the National Wool-craft Festival in Whangarei recently when they took both the Silver Spinning Wheel (for a garment knitted from wool spun on the wheel) and the Carved Mere (for a garment from wool rolled by hand before knitting). The ladies had an easy win of of 24 minutes in the second competition but were pushed to 45 seconds in the first. The team has done exceptionally well as their remote distances from each other in the high country preclude very much regular practice.

Also Notable

What is believed to be a notable event in the Gisborne Savage Club occurred at the May Korero. This year, Rangatira Dion Kohn saw his brother Denis installed as chairman for the evening. It is thought that this is the first time two brothers have been in these positions on the same night.


Receiving their trophies from New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcraft Society immediate past president Eric Powdrell from left, in front, Mesdames Lil Read and Audrey Foster and, at back, Robyn Macdonald, Lyn Hope, Dell White and Joyce Whitehead. The team has now won the Silver Spinning Wheel three times and the Carved Mere once.


From left, Tribal Orator Ted Woodford, Chairman Denis Kohn and Rangatira Dion Kohn.