Fencing industry folk from a large part of the South Island converged on a North Otago landmark on October 25.

The Fencing Contractors Association New Zealand ran a demonstration day at Parkside Quarries, the place where Oamaru stone is hewn from the hills.

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.

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.

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.