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Legendary Te Kuiti shearer wins Knighthood

Newstalk ZB Staff ,
Publish Date
Thursday, 31 December 2015, 7:59a.m.
Shearer Sir David Fagan (NZ Herald)
Shearer Sir David Fagan (NZ Herald)

How Kiwi is that?

Our two new knights are a Supreme Court judge - Sir Terence Arnold - and a competitive shearer.

You can find one of them in Te Kuiti shifting cattle.

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Sir David Fagan says it's special to be honoured in such a way after four decades of competitive shearing around the world and New Zealand.

He's still trying to come to terms with the honour, saying it's a bit of a shock.

"I always wanted to be the best I could be when I started shearing and leave a mark on what I do."

"I think I've done that now and this is really the icing on the cake."

Sir David Fagan's become the latest in an impressive line of famous sons from Te Kuiti.

The world champion shearer joins All Black legend Sir Colin Meads and Order of New Zealand member, former Prime Minister Jim Bolger in the honours list.

He's thrilled - especially for the rural community.

"Almost disbelief, it was a bit of a shock I suppose, then excitement all rolled into one. My wife and I were blown away really."

Sir David said it was special enough when he got his Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2007 - and was inducted on the same day as Jonah Lomu.

"It was a special time for my children to meet Jonah and to be able to have a conversation with him, obviously even more special with what's happened recently."

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