Stage set for annual Trans-Tasman wood-chopping contest

Trans-Tasman rivalry will be alive and well for the annual Anzaxe wood chopping tournament later this month.

The contest, sponsored by Husqvarna, is part of the Rural Games which are being held in Palmerston North on March 9 and 10.

Regional sales manager for Husqvarna, Steve Middleton, told Magic Talk's Rural Exchange that teams of four compete in a mix of standing block, underhand, single buck, tree jigger board, stock saw and a thrilling final relay.

He said the axemen's skills are impressive.

"They are true professionals - it takes power, strength and precision," he said.

The Rural Games include traditional sports and attract top competitors from throughout New Zealand and Australia. 

The competition attracts top axemen from New Zealand and Australia.
The competition attracts top axemen from New Zealand and Australia. Photo credit: NZ Rural Games

However Mr Middleton said there's also lots of 'have a go' events to take part in.

"Things like stone-spitting, wine barrel-racing, gumboot-throwing and the very popular cowpat-tossing."

Australia will be hoping to lift the Anzaxe trophy, after it was won by the New Zealand axemen team last year.

Tools of the Trade is a regular segment on Rural Exchange sponsored by Husqvarna.

Rural Exchange with Hamish McKay and Richard Loe, 6-8am Saturday and Sunday on Magic Talk.

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