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Dean Te Huia


Regional Training Coordinator Upper North Island, Taranaki, Waikato and Bay of Plenty


Dean has been shearing for over 40 years having worked in both New Zealand and Australia.

He shore his first sheep at the age of 12 but didn't take up the handpiece as a career until he was 22 years of age.
Dean also had seven years experience as a ganger and ran his own run in Rangatikei for twelve years, managing up to fifty staff in the mainshear. Coordination of such a large group required excellent management skills and the ability to work closely with a team to ensure efficiency and motivation - experience he now uses in his current role.

Dean has competed in wool handling and shearing events and makes a valuable contribution to the community as a judge and coach of competitive shearers. He has judged at the New Zealand Championships and was involved with the Marton Shearing Sports for 22 years, some of which he was the chairman, illustrating his on-going voluntary involvement and dedication to the shearing industry.

Dean believes the best thing about his job is the people he works with. After 40 years he still loves shearing and is passionate about the industry. His dedication is evident in his enthusiasm to share the expertise he has built up with new trainees and he strives to take them to the next level in their careers. 


New Zealand Championships Shearing Judge
Chair of Marton Shearing Sports