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Premier pruners

Around 40 of the district's highly-skilled grape pruners went head-to-head last week in the annual LeaderBrand-run Silver Secateurs competition at the Makaraka racecourse.

The Full Prune and Pruner of the Year titles were won by Kaimahi Maori Ltd Jacob Monika, with LeaderBrand's Jacki Ferguson judged the best in the Championship Wrapper section.

Sofeni Faapito from LeaderBrand won the Novice Wrapping prize.

It was described as a really close contest between pruners who take great pride in what they do.

PERFECTING A SKILL: Reupena Iopu pauses to assess his handiwork during last Friday's Silver Secateurs competiton. Picture by Liam Clayton
PRUNING PRO: Tuhunga Puna shows his grape pruning skills. Picture by Liam Clayton
CLOSE CONTEST: Silver Secateurs saw tight competition, including from Gurkirat Singh. Picture by Liam Clayton
VALUABLE SKILL: June Fox showcased her skills at the Silver Secateurs grape pruning competition at the Makaraka racecourse. Picture by Liam Clayton
CONCENTRATION: Onosai Aiasi was among the competitors at Friday's Silver Secateurs competition. Picture by Liam Clayton

  1. Jacob Monika says:

    Thanks Gisborne Herald – eight long, hard seasons and that was two goals accomplished. Very proud of myself.

    1. Geoff Wright says:


      1. Jacob Monika says:

        Hi Geoff, you might not remember me but I’m the tall Maori boy from Fastways – I used to pick your wine up from Back Ormond Rd on the country run for Fastways. Thanks for your reply, most appreciated.