Annual Hilux NZ Rural Games returns this weekend

This year’s event will see more world record attempts, sporting stars, Trillian Trek and more free events for children

The annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games returns this weekend, on 9 and 10 March 2019, at The Square, Palmerston North. The games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports and attract more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines.


Andrew Davis, general manager of marketing at Toyota New Zealand, says the games help bring Kiwis together to celebrate our rural heritage.

"The magic of the games is in bringing New Zealand’s rural sports all together in one location. These are heritage sports, so we don’t get to see such high calibre competition often, so it makes for a spectacular show and a celebration of the cultural elements of rural NZ life," he says.

The aim of the games is to celebrate rural sports and provide rural athletes with a national platform, says New Zealand Rural Games founder and trust board member Steve Hollander.

"At its heart, it’s a fun event for families and whānau. We want to encourage young and old alike to have a go at something new.


He adds that there will be two world record attempts this year, in the tree climbing foot lock and hold and egg throw and catch. Also, apart from crowd favourites, such as the ANZAXE, Speed Shear, and Sheep Dog Trials, the event this year will see a larger Kids n Country.

  "This year, the Kids n Country area will be larger than ever with inflatable footy fields, throwing walls, three self-drive diggers, tree climbing, miniature horse sulky rides and much more.

"The food court will be transformed into a Farmers Market on both days and for the first time we’ll be showcasing what is on offer around the Central North Island."

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