The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are taking place in Palmerston North this weekend and if you can’t make it to the event you can watch the action here with our livestream.
The livestream will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 9, and Sunday 10 March.
Check out the events of the day, as they happen with hosts, Nick Hornstein, Riki Paewai and Kris Richards – three men who know a thing or two about chucking eggs about.
Hornstein set the world record at the Egg Throw and Catch Championships with team mate Robbie Hollander in Swanton England in 2017, and baseballers Paewai and Richards claimed that title off him last year at same event with an impressive throw of 93.6m.
Paewai and Richards will take a break from co-hosting to take part in the action, as they are keen to smash the Rural Games Egg Throw and Catch record they set last year – 85.96m. It’s the last event on Sunday, at around 5pm in The Square.
The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebrate rural sports and attracts more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines from both sides of the Tasman.
New Zealand Rural Games founder and trust board member Steve Hollander said the aim was to celebrate rural sports and bring young people together by providing an array of free events for children.
National and world champions from New Zealand and Australia will battle it out for the prestigious Rural Games titles – and world record attempts will be made.
This year’s awards include a diverse range of leaders in the traditional rural sports of shearing and dog trials and newer sports like gumboot throwing and tree climbing.
Taranaki woman Nicky Ward-Allen holds the women’s world record for footlock and hold in the tree-climbing event at last year’s games.
A great family weekend of ‘sports that built the nation’, the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games take place in Palmerston North.
Top athletes from throughout New Zealand and Australia compete for the prestigious Hilux New Zealand Rural Games titles. From sheep shearing & speed fencing to speed tree climbing and other traditional sports like Gumboot Throwing and Cowpat Tossing.
We’ll also be hosting the ANZAXE Wood Chopping Championship, Harness Racing Gearing Up Championship and the NZ Rural Highland Games ‘Heavies’ Trans-Tasman Competition that has been so popular at the first two events.
Have a Go events give you the opportunity to try out something new – from cowpat tossing, olive stone spitting and wine barrel racing through to speed milking, gumboot throwing, egg catch and throw and Russian egg roulette.
Kids ‘n Country features a host of fun events over both days to keep under-12s active and entertained – plus tree climbing, digger driving and riding a cart drawn by a miniature horse.
A great family weekend of traditional sports and live entertainment, and it’s free.
The Games attract top competitors from New Zealand and Australia. You can expect to see several national and world champions battling for the prestigious titles at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.
From sheep shearing, speed fencing, speed tree climbing and other traditional sports through to Trans-Tasman events like ANZAXE Wood Chopping Championship and Trans-Tasman Heavies Competition.
Kids ‘n Country provides a host of fun events over both days to keep under-12s active and entertained – some great spot prizes to be won.
Have a Go events are there for you and your mates or colleagues to try out a sport that built our nation – who knows, you might go home a New Zealand Champion.