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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

Mitre 10 NZ Women’s DIY Challenge 2016 Results

  • First place: Sarah Coasrworth, Rotorua
  • Second place: Rosanne Donaldson, Queenstown
  • Third place: Janine Hayde, Pukekohe

Sarah Coatsworth of Rotorua is the inaugural Mitre 10 NZ Women’s DIY Champion. Sarah quite literally pipped local contender Rosanne Donaldson at the post to take out the inaugural title after the two went head to head in the final fence construction challenge. Held live on the main stage at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games on Sunday 7 February 2016, Sarah and Rosanne were tasked with attaching posts to a fence and securing with two rows of nails, using only a nail gun for the first row and relying on man power and a hammer for the second.

Sarah and Rosanne went through to this final fence round, ahead of Janine Hayde, after scoring highest in the barn build challenge held the previous day. This challenge saw the contestants, with the aid of their chosen female assistants, each construct a 3x3m playhouse barn. Each barn was then judged on workmanship and speed of build.

It was a tough task for the judges with Janine, Sarah and Rosanne all showing top-notch DIY skills to put the barns together in no-time at all. In the end it came down to the finest of details to determine the two ladies to go through to the final fence challenge. While Janine and daughter Holly finished the barn build first they didn’t advance to the final round with Rosanne, and friend Aleeza Stettner and Sarah and friend Jo Juddery proving that slow and steady wins the race.

As the overall winner, Sarah took home a $3,000 Mitre 10 voucher with Rosanne and Janine receiving a $2,000 and $1,000 Mitre 10 voucher for their respective second and third places.

Entries for the 2017 Mitre 10 NZ Women’s DIY Challenge, to again be held as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games, will open later in the year.

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.