Video cheer rolls through Maniototo

Going viral ... Sam Elworthy (9) catches a toilet paper roll as it is ‘‘passed’’ around the...
Going viral ... Sam Elworthy (9) catches a toilet paper roll as it is ‘‘passed’’ around the Maniototo. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Maniototo farmers are capturing audiences far and wide after swapping their essential service roles for toilet rolls.

It all started with a bit of fun during lockdown after Styx Valley farmer Erin Elworthy watched one of the many video clips sweeping the internet — a thread of people passing an item to someone else outside their bubble.

“Long story short, I shared it with a friend of mine and said ‘what do you think? We should do our own’.”

They set up a Messenger page, tagged Maniototo families into it, invited them to join in and showed them the clip they were wanting to re-create.

“The idea was, in their own bubble, they create a short video clip and send it back to me, involving a roll of toilet paper,” Mr Elworthy said.

They incorporated activities into the clip to illustrate what life was like inside their bubbles, from driving a ute to riding ponies, all while catching and passing a roll of toilet paper.

Mrs Elworthy said the aim was to thank all the essential services and bring a laugh to their day.

She said it was also great for the children — to help them understand why they were doing it.

The clips were collated by Ellie Duncan, of Wedderburn, including the final scene featuring Mrs Elworthy’s husband, Simon — trousers around his ankles amid snow, waiting for his roll of toilet paper.

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