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Kawerau Woodfest & National Woodskills Competition

19 - 25 September 2016

Kawerau Woodfest attracts around 12,000 people during Woodfest week, in 2016 the visiting public can expect more wood themed fun and activities for New Zealand's Premier festival celebrating all things wood.

 


 

Entry forms and details for the National Woodskills Competition are now available.

Kawerau is steeped in its history as a mill town and with the Woodskills Competition as the jewel in the crown of Woodfest, it is the ultimate event encompassing all things wood.

 


 

The National Woodskills Competition held in the Ron Hardie Recreation Centre demonstrates the finer side of wood crafting with an incredible level of artistic skill and creativity always leaving the visiting public amazed. Following its success last year this year will be the 2nd to include Raranga (Weaving in Wearable, Traditional, Contemporary and Sculptural formats).     


           

During the weekend the outdoor activities are always present and offer the strolling public a full day of attractions with no shortage of entertainment. The stock favourites of Chainsaw Carving and the Woodchopping teams demonstrate their skills in the Bull Ring; whilst the Dig Zone is the only place in New Zealand you will witness children and adults shovelling woodchip, at speed in a race format.

 


 

 

Now in its 5th year, the Diddy Dig competition entertains the crowds with 64 students (8-10 years) from local primary schools shovelling half a cubic metre of woodchip into a bin. This is an incredible success with a teams from Kawerau South School taking out the trophyb each year and this year it is sure to be another crowd pleaser.

Tradition now has the ‘grown up kids’ compete in the Big Dig on Sunday, where the race is somewhat more challenging, with 3 cubic metres being the task. In 2015, the Hubbard Razorbacks broke the 3 minute barrier to set a new world record. Who will take out the World Champion Title in 2016?  Do not miss this.




On Prideaux Park there will be the Ash and Oak Pro Logger Chainsaw Races, these races are specifically aimed at professional loggers working in the forestry industry.

The hilarious Purex World Record Games will be back, how long will it take you to unravel a toilet roll or other crazy record breaking attempts using the beloved loo roll?

New attractions this year include a BMX Freestyle show, Kawerau Amazing Race and Moto X trial.

There will be plenty of sideshows and attractions for the young and heaps of food vendors to keep the energy levels up. Don’t forget to check out the Rotary Club of Kawerau running the craft market in the CBD along with the Kawerau Arts Society who will display in the Concert Chambers.

Kawerau Woodfest is a great family day out in the heart of the Bay of Plenty.

 

 

 

ATTRACTIONS 2016 

 


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NATIONAL WOODSKILLS COMPETITION


23, 24, 25 September (Fri,Sat,Sun) Prize Giving (Thurs)
Ron Hardie Recreation Centre
Sunday 9am - 3.30pm
Friday/Saturday 9am - 4.30pm
ADULTS-$10
U12-FREE
SENIORS-$5 (Fri. only)

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THE PUREX RECORD SETTER WORLD RECORD GAMES


24, 25 September (Sat & Sun)
Plunket St (Prideaux Park)
10am-3pm

COMPETITORS- FREE
SPECTATORS- FREE

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*NEW* KAWERAU'S AMAZING RACE

 

25 September (Sun)
Prideaux Park
9am Registrations - 10am Start 

U13 $10 | Adults $20


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WOODBUGS - CARVING SYMPOSIUM


19 - 25 September (All week)
The Sculpt Zone (Circus Paddock)
9am-3pm


SPECTATORS- FREE

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AXE MEN COMPETITION (featuring NZ Stihl Timbersport Team members)

24 September (Sat)
Prideaux Park
10am-2.30pm

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE PACIFIC TOYOTA BIG DIG WORLD CHAMPS


25 September (Sun)
The Dig Zone (Skate Park)
9am

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE PACIFIC TOYOTA DIDDY DIG

24 September (Sat)
The Dig Zone (Skate Park)
10am

SPECTATORS- FREE

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'ASH & OAK' PRO LOGGER CHAINSAW RACES


24 September (Sat)
Prideaux Park
8.30am-3pm (approx)

COMPETITORS-$25
SPECTATORS- FREE

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ROTARY TOWN CRAFT MARKET


24 September (Sat)
Town centre
All Day

STALL HOLDERS-$20 per site
SHOP & SPEND

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BIKE TRIALS DEMO+COMP

24, 25 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
All day

SPECTATORS- FREE

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THE HUBBARD CONTRACTING FMX PROS

24, 25 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
11.30, 1.00pm & 2.30pm

SPECTATORS- FREE

 

 

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*NEW* BMX FREESTYLE SHOW


24,25 September (Sat,Sun)
Prideaux Park
11.30am, 1.00pm & 2.30pm

SPECTATORS - FREE


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DOGMATIC TRICK DOG TEAM

24, 25 September (Sat & Sun)
Prideaux Park
11am & 1.30pm

SPECTATORS - FREE

 

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THE WATERWHEEL ZONE

24, 25 September (Sat, Sun)
Prideaux Park
All day

FREE

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INDUSTRIAL SITE TOURS (Bookings essential)

TBC 
Kawerau Information Centre (323 6300 to book)
11am & 1.00pm

$2

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 NOTE: All attractions subject to change dependent on weather