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Noel Handley


Regional Training Coordinator for Nelson, Marlborough and Canterbury


Noel has had over twenty years shearing experience, working predominantly in Canterbury and Otago. He has also had eighteen years experience as a ganger.

This year Noel had the honour of being appointed a Master Blade Shearer by Shearing Sports New Zealand, joining a prestigious group of only sixteen other blade shearers. He is also a New Zealand Champion shearer and has competed successfully at the World Championships. As a result, Noel's trainees have the opportunity to learn from one of the best in the industry. His shearing accomplishments mean he is an inspirational leader and a positive role model for new trainees.

Noel also makes a valuable contribution to the shearing community by regularly assisting with competitions as a Canterbury and Rangiora A&P Committee member.

Noel enjoys the variety of his work. He believes a particularly rewarding aspect of his job is watching the new trainees develop and progress in the industry.


New Zealand Master Blade Shearer
Canterbury and Rangiora A&P Committee Member