Finewool at Dolphins

In this short documentary we catch up with the team during our most
recent finewool shearing and woolhandling course, delivered in the
heart of the "Pigroots" on Dolphins Partnership, which is owned and operated by the Paton family.

This episode includes interviews with Paul Paton (farmer), Elite directors, Blair Duffy (NZ Police), trainees and trainers.

Trainee Series - Episode 1

Troy Pyper talks about his "Pathway to Gold", Troy was the
first shearer to achieve gold seal level with Elite Wool Industry Training.

This is episode one of the "Trainee Profile" series.

Trainee Series - Episode 2

El Dorado Part 1

A catch up with the crew at the Waikouaiti Advanced Shearing and Woolhandling course, held at Murray and Dave Eason's property 'El Dorado'.

Featuring in El Dorado Part 2; Guest speakers from Whanau Ora and
New Zealand Police Force.

Trainee Series - Episode 3

El Dorado Part 2  'But can you shear a sheep?!'

Introducing our trainees to the services and the 'Pathway to Information
and Help' from Whanau Ora and The New Zealand Police.
We introduce our 'Pathway to Gold' to the unsuspecting presenters
Maria Russell (Whanau Ora) and Constable Olivia Winbush (New Zealand Police).
And we catch up with veteran shearer, Harvey Hutchinson, as he shares
some wise words during a short interview.

Trainee Series - Episode 4

UCOL Course Week 1 - Woolhandling

Elite Wool Industry Training deliver two-week courses at the Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Masterton. These courses are funded and structured by Universal College of Learning (UCOL).
This episode captures the trainees during their practical training days delivered by Rose Puha and Cushla Abraham. The course also involved theory study and a day with PracMed NZ (First Aid).
Narrated by Cushla Abraham (Wairarapa region Woolhandling Trainer).

Featuring in Episode 5: UCOL Course Week 2 - Shearing.

Trainee Series - Bonus Episode

Throwback Thursday - Isolation Games/ Broomstick Challenge

It's hard to believe that this time last year New Zealand was in Covid-19 Level 4 Lockdown.
We laid out a series of Isolation Games and seemingly the #broomstickchallenge was not an easy task.
This week we catch up with one of the Top 3 winners, Sylvia Nikolaison
at the recent MacKenzie Shears.

Next week we release the UCOL Course Week 2 - Shearing

Trainee Series - Episode 5

UCOL Course Week 2 - Shearing

This episode we document the delivery of practical shearing training and offer a short insight into the experience we offer trainees on a beginner shearing course. Narrated by Wairarapa regional shearing trainer, Paerata Abraham.

Trainer Series - Episode 1

During the El Dorado course we caught up with shearing instructor Ringakaha Paewai. Tune-in as he sheds light on why training and trainers are so important in the wool industry.

Kicking-off the new series this is Part 1 of a double whammy, special guest trainer episode released tomorrow!

Trainer Series - Episode 3

Finewool specialist, woolhandling instructor Amy-lee Ferguson

A true 'trainee to trainer' story, Elite woolhandling trainer Amy-lee chats about her passion for the wool industry and the reason training is one of her favourite things to do.

Amy-lee and husband Mike are based in Alexandra, Central Otago, and work for Peter Lyon Shearing. They have three children; Kahsharn, Nakaila and Ziana Ria.

Trainer Series - Episode 4

At our recent 'Finewool Trainers Research and Development' meeting we caught up with Central Otago based Elite woolhandling trainer Robyne Murray.
With Robyne's vast experience in wool industry training accompanied by her current role as a Whanau Ora navigator for Uruuruwhenua Health, Robyne's input was greatly appreciated by everyone

Robyne has been involved with the finewool harvesting industry for 25 years, first developing a passion for finewool as a learner woolhandler, Robyne is now a well-respected woolclasser and wool tester operating the OFDA machine during prelamb around Central Otago.

Trainer Series - Episode 5

Palmerston North- based Elite shearing trainer Aaron Haynes has been in the wool industry for 15 years, he has traveled internationally behind a handpiece and shore throughout his studies at Lincoln University (Agriculture and Farm Management diploma). A thoroughly accomplished trainer at all levels.

Trainer Series - Episode 6

Elite Wool Industry Trainer, Joel Henare, at our recent R&D Trainers meeting and a day sharing his extensive knowledge to the large group of woolhandlers mainly from the Waimate Shearing stable. A very intense and very fulfilling day for all involved.

Joel is a 2 x World Woolhandling Champion; 2012 in Masterton, and 2017 Invercargill, 8 x Golden Shears Open Woolhandling Champion; featured in 15 finals, 3 x NZ Merino Shears Open Woolhandling Champion; featured in 7 finals, 120+ Open Woolhandling wins in total and he's not finished yet!
Learn from the best..

Whanaungatanga Series - Episode 1

Lizzie Wilson - Fitness & Nutrition Guru
Kicking off the new Whanaungatanga Series with a delicious and nutritious "Chicken calorie dense wrap"

Series 3 we are focussing on "Whanaungatanga/Connections".
Elite Wool Industry Training is not only about training, fitness, nutrition, recruiting and goal setting - our model also highlights forming relationships, kinships and a sense of overall family connection. Our expression of whanaungatanga is created through shared experiences and working together, providing the wool industry whanau with a sense of “belonging” to an industry that cares for its people.

Elite have partnered with Lizzie Wilson LWFitness a trained Nutrition and Fitness Specialist who is happy to share her knowledge and experience and help in your everyday wellbeing. Episode 1 Lizzie has a chat about the need for proper Nutrition and Hydration.

A free consultation with LW Fitness is now on offer when you complete a shearing/woolhanding or pressing course with Elite Wool Industry Training

(This offer is open until November 30th 2021).

Whanaungatanga Series - Episode 2

Elite Wool Industry Training are excited to have partnered with, Emily Te Kapa, and her recently founded company TIKI Recruit.

Initially set up to help anyone interested in finding work and training in the local and global wool industry. A shop window for contractors to find employees when required, as well as matching up employees with an employer wherever they may be. Free sign up to Tiki Recruit is available
to everyone who completes an Elite Wool Industry Training course.
(Offer Ends 30 November 2021).


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