Puriri Boar Hunt Results

On the 4th August 2018 was the 11th anniversary of the Lewis Wilkie Memorial boar hunt. This is now held at the historic Puriri Hotel which first opened in 1881. I bet there has been some tall tails told in there since it was opened. Our hosts for the day were Andy and Campbell, Richard Harding and Kevin Robinson. It’s these four people that are the organising committee for the competition. This is  only the second time that they have organised the comp and what a great job they have done. We even had a live band playing all through the weigh in. Simon McKenzie and Tony Bryant traveled over to Puriri  with myself and Steve Prescott traveled over from Whitianga to help us with the weigh in. After setting up the venue I got to measure a great set of tusks. These came from a boar that was caught by Ken Leggan many years ago. It had a spread of 6 6/8 and measured 24 NZDA.

The weather was kind for the 121 hunters who entered the competition and at the end of the weigh in there was 31 boars on the rack. Taumarunui pig hunter Colin Barnett had a real good comp. Collin took out the heaviest boar, 66.2kg or 145.6il, then got 2nd place in the tusk section with 19 6/8 NZDA. He also won the Lewis Wilkie memorial Shield and to top off his day he won a one off head and shoulder casting valued at $1200. I would say he had a bloody good weekend. After the weigh in finished there was free food for everyone, sausages, coleslaw and a spit roast, the whole 9 yards.

A very big thanks to all the sponsors, too many to mention here. Without you it would not happen and a big portion of the proceeds from the competition will be going to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Well done Puriri!

A big thank you form the Ridgeline team to Steve Prescott for the kingfish, Grayson Reynolds for the whitebait, and Kevin Robinson for the sack of mussels. They went down a treat. 




Heaviest Boar

1st Colin Barnett        66.2kg

2nd Kevin Robinson   61.4kg

3rd Wayne Manson    57.3kg

4th Ross McMillan      54.6kg

5th Lloyd McQueen    52.6kg

6th Richard Palethorpe         51.7kg

7th Steve Prescott      48kg

8th Dean Aislabie       45.3kg

9th Craig Hodge          44.4kg

10th Corban Vandeyvenboo 43.6kg


Average Weight

Jack Lockhart & Tom Walker           42.8kg



1st Hayden Smith       43.2kg

2nd Kane Bodman      43.2kg



1st Craig Hills  41.5kg

2nd Andre Phillips      41.5kg


Best Tusks

1st Richard Palethorpe          20 7/8 NZDA

2nd Colin Barnett                   19 6/8 NZDA

3rd Aiakura Murray               17 1/8 NZDA


Best fighting tusk:     Wayne Mason




1st Reo McQueen

2nd Andre Jennings

3rd Lauren Boersen

4th Ashley Renolds



1st Mason Davies

2nd Logan Davies

3rd Shannon Aislabie


1st Manaia

2nd Sharlese Bull

3rd Shannon Aislabie


4th Claire Jennings