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Cuppa time .. Great Southern Oamaru fencing suppliers (from left) Kirsten MacDonald and Roy Duffell discuss the industry with Ashburton contractor and Fencing Contractors Association member Lindsay Hayman.

Fencing industry folk from a large part of the South Island converged on Weston on Wednesday.

Networking .. The fencing demonstration day at Weston was a chance for fencers, including (from left) Kerry Chamberlain and Andrew Couper (both Glenavy) and Karl Thompson and Brett Strange (Waimate), to meet. Fencing was a “brilliant” career choice, Mr Thompson said.

The Fencing Contractors Association New Zealand was running a demonstration day at Parkside Quarries. More than 50 people attended – a mix of fencing contractors and practitioners, suppliers, and industry partners.

Motueka-based fencer and tutor John Noakes said the event showcased fencing best practice – both traditional and modern techniques.

It also showed clients what they should expect from their fencing contractors, gave fencers tips on running small businesses, presented the latest products available, and allowed everyone to network within their industry, Mr Noakes said.

Taking a break .. Maniototo fencer Kim Vowles (left) chats to tutor John Noakes during Wednesday morning’s tea break.

Sharing tutoring duties was multiple Golden Pliers and Silver Spades winner Shane Bouskill, from Hawkes Bay.

They taught fencers a range of techniques including footing, staying, box stays, and end-tying of netting.

The Parkside Quarries site was organised by local contractor Mark Ewing. It was ideally located for people from Canterbury and Otago to attend, Mr Noakes said. He was delighted to see how well everyone was mingling during breaks in tuition.

Tools of the trade . Fencing tutors (from left) John Noakes and Shane Bouskill talk to Ken Lake from Alexandra ahead of their next demonstration at Parkside Quarries. PHOTO: SALLY BROOKER

Ashburton fencing contractor Lindsay Hayman said the association was keen to foster fencing as more than a job – a profession that was vital to the entire rural sector.