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Robert Nixon's said local and international shearers will compete for the Joshua and Aria Nixon Memorial trophy during a quick shear competition on Saturday.

Robert Nixon's said local and international shearers will compete for the Joshua and Aria Nixon Memorial trophy during a quick shear competition on Saturday.

The Te Aria Foundation is putting on a traditional Maori Hangi feast and quick shear competition to raise funds to support its work.

It starts from 5pm on Saturday at the Emus Rugby Union Club on Woodward Street.

Founder Robert Nixon said the foundation’s work to prevent people committing suicide.

The Hangi feast is followed by local and international shearers including Dwayne Black competing for $9000 in prize money plus the inaugural Joshua and Aria Nixon Memorial trophy.

Mr Black holds the world record for shearing a sheep in just 14 seconds. 

Mr Nixon said both Joshua and Aria had spent plenty of time working in wool sheds shearing and working as roustabouts.

“There’s a lot of mental health issues in agriculture because it’s a high stress and there’s high demands on people working in the field,” he said.

Tickets to the Hangi feast are available from Angela on 0429 625 603.

VIDEO: Dwayne Black shears a sheep for Guinness World Records.

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