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Carly Taiaroa wins the DIY Challenge!

Big congrats to Carly Taiaroa who took out the top spot in the Women’s DIY Challenge as part of the Hilux Rural Games in Palmerston North over the weekend.

The DIY Challenge involved building a playhouse from scratch on the first day, from which the top two finalists were selected to compete in a fence building race that decided the champion. 

Carly from Taranaki, won the competition ahead of competitors, runner-up Rachel Lawrie from Invercargill and Rebecca Rogers from Paraparaumu.

All three competitors showed top-notch DIY skills. Great effort ladies and well done Carly.


The Hilux New Zealand Rural Games are a two-day celebration of ‘sports that built the nation’ featuring national and trans-Tasman championships for traditional sports like speed shearing, wood chopping and Highland Games ‘heavy’ events. Spectators can also have a go at events including gumboot throwing, wine barrel racing, speed hand milking and cowpat tossing.

For more about the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games go to www.ruralgames.co.nz