Jack Steel (5) laughs as his parents "ski" to the finish
line after donning a selection of dress-up clothes, during
one of the events in the Maniototo Community Cup. Judge
John Andrews keeps a close eye on Kyeburn-Danseys team
members (from left) Chris Steel, Tash Whyte, Janet Steel
and David Crutchley. Photo by Lynda van Kempen.
The Oturehua community has bragging rights for at least a
A team from the district won the second Maniototo Community
Cup - a Top Town-style contest at the Waipiata Domain on
The cup was launched last year, organised by volunteer-run
community radio station Burn, to coincide with the station's
20th anniversary celebrations.
The event proved a success and Gimmerburn was the inaugural
Eight teams vied for the trophy this year.
As well as Oturehua, Ranfurly, Naseby, Gimmerburn, Waipiata,
Patearoa-Paerau-Styx, Wedderburn and Kyeburn-Danseys all
fielded teams of eight people.
The "eight" theme was continued in the number of activities.
Throughout the afternoon, contestants had to paint a work of
art with spring as the theme, play hockey using tree branches
fashioned into hockey sticks, find "treasure" buried in
sawdust, and cart water to a bucket while balancing on a
reel, among other tasks.
It was the first time Oturehua had entered the contest, and
it finished well ahead of its nearest rival, with 78 points
compared to Waipiata's 68. Ranfurly and Gimmerburn tied for
third on 63 points.
Next year Gimmerburn will host the contest.