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  • Manfeild Park Trust Appoints Paul Cocks as Chief Executive Officer

    12 July 2024

    Manfeild Park Trust is pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Cocks as its new Chief Executive Officer. Paul brings a wealth of executive and senior leadership experience in both private and community facing organisations. Paul has worked at Southern Cross Healthcare, Massey University, General Practice and large public hospitals. This combination of supporting and serving communities, combined with his strong commercial and governance experience, will bring a fresh approach to the Manfeild services and facilities.
    Paul brings an emphasis on people development and collaboration with a strong community focus with values of integrity,

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  • Manfeild Chief Executive steps down

    21 June 2024

    Kathy Gibson has stepped down as Manfeild Park Chief Executive. Kathy has served as Manfeild Chief Executive since 2019. Kathy has been instrumental in strengthening Manfeild Park's core assets, including the Manfeild Stadium, the Circuit Chris Amon, and Drive Manfeild. Her tenure saw the growth of key events in the agriculture, equestrian, and motorsport sectors, as well as leveraging government funding to support the wider region. Her strong leadership and innovative approach saw Manfeild adapt to support the community over the COVID-19 pandemic. Manfeild Park became a vital resource for the region, hosting the country's first

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  • Innovation, tenacity at heart of Central District Field Days

    14 March 2024

    The largest agricultural expo in the lower North Island has kicked off, with 500 exhibitors spread over 33 hectares - and one prime minister.
    Presented by Stuff, the  Central District Field Days  in Feilding got under way on Thursday in mild conditions, with thousands of people filtering through the tent city.
    Christopher Luxon was there for the big day, interviewed by  Stuff’s Tova O’Brien.
    One of the exhibitors, a Manawatū fuel tank manufacturer, believes it has an innovation that could give back farmers five hours a week and save them money.
    A fuel tank designed by Ensol that supplies both diesel

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  • Manfeild buzzing as over 1000 riders descend on Feilding

    8 February 2024

    Feilding  just entered the race for the title of New Zealand’s next spiritual home of motorsport.
    The town was roaring as close to 1200 motorbikes descended on  Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon  for the APS Classic Motorcycle Racing Festival.
    It was the first time the festival, previously known as  Classic Festival , was held at Manfeild, after  Pukekohe Park Raceway , the festival’s home of 43 years, closed to motorsport events last year.
    But Pukekohe’s loss was Feilding’s gain, as over 320 classic racing motorbikes revved up in town during two days of racing over the weekend.
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  • Waikato racers stoked about move to Manfeild

    8 February 2024

    More than 30 classic motorbike racers from the  Waikato  descended on Feilding last weekend for the APS Classic Motorcycle Racing Festival.
    It was the first time the festival was held on  Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon , after Pukekohe Park Raceway, the festival’s home of 43 years,  closed to motorsport  last year.
    But Waikato racers seemed to be happy with the longer drive - or ride - to attend the festival.
    Hamiltonian Neville Mickleson, who raced a 1932 Velocette and a 1961 Matchless sidecar, said he had strongly advocated for Manfeild as the festival’s new home.
    “It was always second

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  • Veteran broadcaster taken for a spin with old friend

    29 January 2024

    Veteran sports broadcaster and voice of motorsport Russell Harris got more than he bargained for when he visited Manfeild for the Super Sprint Motorsport New Zealand Championship.
    The third round for the series was at Manfeild in Feilding at the weekend and Harris got the opportunity to tick off a bucket-list item.
    Long-time friend and rally driver Brian Green had arranged to take the 85-year old Harris on a hot lap journey of the 3.03km circuit in his McLaren 570S.
    Green was racing the McLaren supercar in the GT New Zealand category, 50 years on from winning the first race held at Manfeild in late 1973.
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  • High octane spectacle assured at Manfeild for NZ series

    26 January 2024

    The next generation of racing superstars will compete at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend, with the return of the Super Sprint Motorsport New Zealand Championship series.
    The weekend’s high-octane spectacle will be headlined by international rising stars in the Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, alongside the thunderous return of the Super V8s and the electrifying debut of the TA2 Muscle Cars.
    In support will be the Toyota 86 Championship and the GT New Zealand superstars including two brand new Mercedes AMG GT2s.
    This weekend is the second of five successive events for the Regional Oceania Championship drivers,

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  • A sneak peek into Central Districts Field Days 2024

    23 January 2024

    The largest agricultural expo in the lower North Island is here again, bringing around 500 exhibitors to Manfeild in Feilding this March.
    From farmers and foodies, to tech-heads and townies, the North Island's largest regional field days has something for everyone.
    Presented by Stuff, Central Districts Field Days has been running for 31 years and is central to business, central to rural connections, central to supporting local and bringing Kiwi communities and industries together. From a collection of marquees to a significant national event, the event has grown in leaps and bounds and now attracts around 27,000 visitors each year to

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  • Manfeild meeting a blast from the fast and furious past

    9 November 2023

    A series celebrating New Zealand’s Formula 5000 racing heritage is set to kick off, with 50-year-old records waiting to be broken.
    The MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival series will enter its 21st season this weekend, beginning at the MG Classic event at Manfeild in Feilding on Saturday and Sunday.
    The first leg of the series will see 12 original cars from the late 1960s and 1970s face off on a circuit now known as Circuit Chris Amon, in memory of Kiwi racing legend Chris Amon who once graced the track.
    The first weekend of the series would include three races over two days, and more cars were set to join the four-round tour as

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  • All in the family at Manawatū show shears

    6 November 2023

    Masterton brother and sister Joseph Gordon and Cushla Abraham won the open shearing and woolhandling finals, respectively, at the Manawatū and West Coast A&P Show in Feilding.
    But there was even more for the 24-year-old Gordon at the show at Manfeild on Saturday, as he, in his first season in open class, his fourth open competition and his first open final, also formed a quinella with older brother David.
    Just 0.3 points separated the pair after a four-man final of 20 short-wool hoggets, with third place going to Eketāhuna shearer Hemi Braddick, who had the fastest time.
    Fourth place went to Murray Henderson, an organiser of

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  • Paddon pips van Gisbergen for Daybreaker win

    24 September 2023

    Against the elements and position on the heavily gravelled roads of the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts, Cromwell’s Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard won Saturday’s 2023 Daybreaker Rally.
    Finishing in second was Gold Coast-based Kiwi Shane van Gisbergen and co-driver Glen Weston, with Auckland’s Raana Horan and co-driver Dave Neill climbing to claim the final podium position.
    Departing Feilding 5:30am, just as day started to break, the 88-car field headed for the first of nine special stages that would determine the finishing order. The event was resurrected to include being a round of the New Zealand Rally

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  • Motorsport legends to rev up Daybreaker Rally's return after decade-long absence

    23 September 2023

    Motorsport royalty will be sliding around dusty rural roads this weekend during the return of a rallying favourite.
    Supercars and Nascar champ Shave van Gisbergen and rally legend Hayden Paddon headline the Daybreaker across 150 kilometres of Manawatū and Rangitīkei.
    After van Gisbergen's success in his first foray into Nascar this year, winning his maiden start, the 34-year-old's off stateside full-time following this year's Supercars Championship, where he lies in second place.
    But this weekend he is in Manawatū, where the Daybreaker Rally marks a return after a decade's absence.
    Relatively new to rallying, van Gisbergen

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  • Paddon survives gravel, rain and SVG to win Daybreaker Rally

    23 September 2023

    Paddon (Hyundai NZ i20 Rally 2) was in control throughout, battling being the first car on the road and being forced to sweep roads laden with gravel in the morning before being challenged by rain later in the day.
    He beat Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen (Giltrap/LJ Hooker Audi) by just over three minutes in another sublime performance.
    Van Gisbergen showcased his phenomenal talents once again, to be within a second of a kilometre of WRC star Paddon while proving too quick for championships regulars Raana Horan (Generator Rental Services Skoda Fabia Rally 2) and Ben Hunt (Skoda New Zealand Fabia Rally 2).
    All three were forced to

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  • Hayden Paddon top seed entry for Manawatū’s Daybreaker Rally

    23 August 2023

    Recently crowned FIA European Rally champions Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard will start as first car for the Daybreaker Rally.
    The pair will lead a field of 100 cars, contesting 150km of Manawatū and Rangitīkei roads on September 22-23.
    Starting and finishing in Feilding, the capacity event has drawn teams to tackle roads used throughout its 40-year history – made famous by the likes of Neil Allport, Joe McAndrew and Possum Bourne.
    Using a left-hand-drive Hyundai i20N Rally 2 car, it will be Paddon’s first visit to the region’s roads.
    “I’ve never done the Daybreaker before and now

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  • Shane van Gisbergen confirms entry to Daybreaker Rally 2023

    9 August 2023

    Current V8 Supercar champion Shane van Gisbergen has entered for the 22-23 September Brian Green Properties Daybreaker Rally – a 150km competition across roads in the Manawatu and Rangitikei districts.
    The fourth and penultimate round of the Brian Green Property Group New Zealand Rally Championship (NZRC), it will be another new challenge for the 34-year-old. He will again use the same Audi S1 AP4 car used at the International Rally of Whangarei held in May.
    “I’m looking forward to my next round of the NZRC. We had a tough time at Whangarei with some issues but a lot of work has been done to make sure we are ready to

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  • Defending champion Urban bags more titles at NZ superkart championships

    27 July 2023

    Defending 250cc international and 125cc rotax max heavy national superkart champion Ryan Urban completed the double at the New Zealand superkart championships, winning both classes.
    The wins at Manfeild in Feilding last weekend, gave the experienced driver a whopping 20 titles shared between national sprint and national superkart racing.
    It was a clean sweep of wins in the international class for Urban, who won all four races.
    Kim Stevens grabbed a trio of thirds plus a second-place finish to take the runner-up spot, one point clear of Andrew Hall.
    Hall started strong with two second-place finishes, but finished the day with two

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  • Champions return for superkart nationals at Manfeild

    21 July 2023

    This weekend’s KartSport New Zealand national superkart championship will see defending champions return to have a crack at retaining their titles in four of the five classes on offer.
    The event at Manfeild in Feilding, will run on Saturday and Sunday.
    Headlining the event will be seven-time New Zealand superkart champion Ryan Urban, who will be looking to retain both titles he picked up in 2022, competing in the 250cc International class and the 125cc Rotax max heavy class.
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  • Daybreaker Rally returning to Manawatū and Rangitīkei roads

    2 June 2023

    The event where rally titans Possum Bourne, Neil Allport and Joe McAndrew previously fought for championship glory, returns in September using many of the same infamous Manawatū and Rangitīkei district roads.
    Read more  https://www.stuff.co.nz/manawatu-standard/300895409/daybreaker-rally-returning-to-manawat-and-rangitkei-roads  

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  • Biodynamics New Zealand conference coming to Manawatū

    10 May 2023

    An expert on regenerative agriculture will be the keynote speaker at the Biodynamics New Zealand conference in Feilding next weekend.
    Charlie Arnott is coming from Australia to speak at the conference at Manfeild on May 19-21, which will include guest speakers across the weekend.
    The focus of this year’s conference is working together and things such as how does biodynamics interact with permaculture, regenerative farming, organics and homeopathy.
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  • Big show for round seven of NZ Super Sprint Championship at Manfeild

    12 April 2023

    A much larger show will return to Manfeild in Manawatū this week for the seventh of eight rounds of the Super Sprint MotorSport New Zealand Championships.
    More than 140 cars across six classes will fill the circuit to capacity for the three-day event starting on Friday.
    The classes are: the Toyota 86 Championship, GT New Zealand, D1NZ, V8 Utes, GTRNZ and North Island Formula Ford series.
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  • Brad Kroef leads the championship as the V8 Utes head for Manfeild.

    11 April 2023

    Brad Kroef leads the championship as the V8 Utes head for Manfield.
    Photo Credit: @dillonphotonz
    It's been more than three years since the RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes last raced at Manfield Circuit Chris Amon, so this weekend they'll be keen to make up for lost time. After two rounds, several drivers are serious contenders to win the championship. While Brad Kroef holds a commanding lead with 166 points, Phill Ross is close behind in second while Greg Kroef in third will be looking to challenge his son for race wins. 
    After wining Round Two at Pukekohe, Jake Stoneman will be keen to keep Peter Ward's championship-winning Holden ute

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  • 'Rural community is always strong': Connections and fine whisky toasted at Central Districts Field Days

    18 March 2023

    Causes for celebration aren’t hard to find at Central Districts Field Days.
    Amid the throngs of people streaming into the agricultural expo at Manfeild on Friday, undeterred by blustery conditions and occasional showers, long associations and an Irish saint were being toasted.
    The convergence of Field Days and St Patrick’s Day was a winning arrangement for Kaiapoi Distillery, as many patrons enjoyed a morning tipple.
    Manawatū was a good whisky area, with genuine people, said director Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was pouring tasters of 18-year aged, and 12-year aged, single malt whiskies.
    Kaiapoi is a small river town

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  • Automated innovations turn heads at Central Districts Field Days

    17 March 2023

    The latest in agricultural technology is rubbing shoulders with rich traditions at Central Districts Field Days in Feilding.
    Automated tractors and drones, devised to free workers from mundane duties, were turning heads at Manfeild as the agricultural showcase got under way beneath blue skies on Thursday.
    While cowboy hats, brightly coloured walking poles and small faces full of hot dogs were quintessential Field Days sights, an unmanned tractor mowing its way around a small field was uncanny and perhaps a little unnerving.
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  • Excavator aiming for 'third time lucky' at national finals

    15 March 2023

    Bunnythorpe man Jim Beamsley will have his and his excavator’s mettle tested in Feilding this week when he shows off his skills in a 13-tonne digger at the national excavator operator competition.
    Representing Manawatū-Whanganui, Beamsley is one of 13 champions from around New Zealand whose excavator skills will be pushed to the limit over a series of challenges.
    The heavy metal showdown will be at Manfeild on Friday and Saturday during the Central Districts Field Days.
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  • Manfeild Park Launches Refurbished Stadium Suites

    11 February 2023

    As some of the most versatile and well used spaces within the Manfeild Park facility, the suites located on the second floor of the main stadium building have had a myriad of unique events, workshops, trainings and meetings hosted there over the years. With the use of these spaces continuing to prove popular and bookings increasing, it was critical that we look to the future and how we can continue to provide a space that works well for all of our clients. To help us with this we called upon The Flooring Company to provide us with a new flooring solution that would be able to handle the diverse events we host and what they delivered, and the

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  • Penrose takes feature race at Manfeild

    29 January 2023

    James Penrose has claimed the Dan Higgins Trophy after sealing victory in the feature race for the Formula Regional Oceania Championship at Manfeild – Circuit Chris Amon.
    Penrose led home an all-Kiwi top three, taking the chequered flag ahead of Callum Hedge, with Liam Sceats completing the podium.
    It was great to see such a competitive round, with the conditions providing adveristy for some and opportunity for others as the championship gets closer.
    To read more check out  Penrose takes feature race at Manfeild - Speedcafe

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  • Manfeild marks turning point in race championship

    27 January 2023

    With the feild swelling to 16 cars now, the third round of the Super Sprint Mototrsport New Zealand Championshit is going to be hotly contested by all the drivers out there, with this round being crucial for those looking to looking to cement their spot in the championship. With competitive support categories also taking to the circuit it's a weekend not to be missed .
    To read more head to  Manfeild marks turning point in race championship | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Formula 1 'son of a gun' extends championship lead in Toyota race series

    22 January 2023

    Austria’s Charlie Wurz has extended his lead of the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, after winning two of the category’s three races in Invercargill over the weekend.
    Second for the round (and now second in the standings) was New Zealander Callum Hedge, having finished second to Wurz in each of his wins, splitting the results with victory in a fascinating tit-for-tat reverse grid race.
    The series now travels to Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon for the season’s mid-point next weekend.
    To read more head to  Formula 1 'son of a gun' extends championship lead in Toyota race series | Stuff.co.nz

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  • 'Surprise' win for top all-rounder at National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp

    18 January 2023

    A Manawatū teenager has taken out the top spot at the 2023 Worldwide Sires National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp.
    Holly Powell was awarded the top all-rounder Paramount Cup and the Top Senior Handler title after the four-day camp in Canterbury and said it was a “surprise”.
    “I ended up with a good calf, and we clicked straight away.
    “I never thought I would have such a cool calf to work with.”
    To read more about Holly's amazing achievement head to  'Surprise' win for top all-rounder at National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Son of Formula 1 driver to race in NZ series

    8 January 2023

    Second-generation racer Charlie Wurz of Austria is amongst the latest young drivers confirmed for New Zealand’s upcoming Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship.
    Wurz is the son of former F1 driver Alexander Wurz, and will look to follow in his fathers footsteps as he tries to secure a top spot in the Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship.
    To read more head to  Son of Formula 1 driver to race in NZ series | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Skaters inline for wins and new records on Palmerston North tracks

    4 January 2023

    With the Manawatu region playing host to the New Zealand Speed Skating Nationals, and with an abundance of talent its looking good for an exciting weekend as the skaters take to the National Driver Training Centres dedicated training track to show off their skills.
    Skaters inline for wins and new records on Palmerston North tracks | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Horsepower hey day: When elite drivers and crowds flocked to Manfeild

    19 November 2022

    A look back at some of the incredibly talented drivers who have graced Circuit Chris Amon over the years and the wonderful history that Manfeild has.
    Horsepower hey day: When elite drivers and crowds flocked to Manfeild | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Mack Truck 50th Anniversary a roaring success

    24 October 2022

    With over 170 truck in attendance and massive crowns of people flocking to manfeild to see the unique and varied truck on display, the Mack Trucks New Zealand 50th anniversary was a perfect way to commemorate such a milestone.
    it was an honor for manfeild to be involved in the celebration of such an achievement.
    Read more about it here:  Keep on truckin': Mack show celebrates a brand and proud Manawatū business | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Vehicle catches fire at autofest 2022

    21 September 2022

    The ever present dangers of motorsport became a reality during a cruise on the Friday before AutoFest.
    Thanks to the quick actions of some drivers and safety officials this event had a happy ending with all involved escaing unharmed, which is all anyone can ask for.
    Read more about it here:  Driver and children leap from vehicle as it catches fire at AutoFest 2022 | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Winter Series Finale a Perfect Way to Celebrate

    2 September 2022

    Manawatu Car Club 75 th anniversary wraps up in style
    What a way to conclude the celebrations of such an amazing milestone, these weekends festivities are going to rank among some of the best with so many opportunities to experience some once in a lifetime moment.
    With rare and unique historic cars, hot laps and of course tons of racing, there is bound to be something to interest everyone.
    To read more : Big milestone approaches for Manawatū Car Club | Stuff.co.nz

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  • Manfeild appoints two new trustees

    30 August 2022

    Leading Manawatu’s events venue Manfeild Park Trust has announced that Amanda Linsley and Kevin Hansen will join its board for a 3-year term from 1 st September 2022.
    Hamish Waugh, Manfeild Park Trust’s board chair, is delighted with the high calibre of the two new Trustees as our facility positions itself for the future.  “Kevin and Amanda bring a diverse skill set and vast governance experience. They join a depth in complementary talent within our governance and management team to take Manfeild to the next level.”
    Amanda is a current board member of the New Zealand Rugby Museum and

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  • Futureproofing Manfeild Park

    29 August 2022

    Future proofing of Manfeild Facilities.
    It has been a hub of activity around Manfeild as of late, with infrastructure projects going on at many different areas around the facility.
    The Manfeild stadium took centre stage for the majority of these upgrades as the facility looks to future proof many of the unique and versatile assets which make up the facility.
    A number of roofing repairs which were carried out by local contractors Manawatu roofing, have been implemented to maintain the structural integrity of the building and ensure that it can remain open at all times to accommodate the many varied events which are hosted here,

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  • Hot Rod Swap Meet and Display

    8 August 2022

    Hot Rod Show Swap Meet a Return to Form
    With restrictions lifted and some absolutely gorgeous weather, Manfeild played host to the ever-popular Palmerston North Hot Rod Club Swap Meet and display.
    With the stadium, carpark and green spaces around the facility filled to capacity with some truly unique and rare vehicles, it was no wonder why so many made their way to Manfeild this weekend.
    The event was full to the brim with people looking to catch a see what was on offer as so many stall holders were present with a wide variety of products and parts on offer to appeal to all tastes.
    The event culminated in a wonderous lap of

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  • Obedience trials held at Manfeild

    1 August 2022

    Manfeild Stadium gone to the dogs
    Saturday the 30 th saw some very good boys and girls make their way into the stadium for the Central Region Dog Obedience Trials. The weekend saw a number of amazing dogs and trainers put through their paces as they navigated the obedience courses hoping to show off their skills and the amazing bond between dog and trainer.
    It was a pleasure to host such an amazing event with so many wonderful pooch’s and an amazing community of trainers.
    It was a day full of smiles and wagging tails for all who attended.

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  • Manfeild Hosts Business After 5

    22 July 2022

    Business after 5, a showcase of what Manfeild has to offer
    When the opportunity came knocking for Manfeild to host a Business After 5 event, we jumped at chance to let those who would be attending know a little more about what Manfeild really is all about.
    This wonderful event which was hosted in collaboration with the Manawatu Business chamber, was an excellent way for a newly refreshed Manfeild team to connect and network with local business owners and members of the community.
    On the evening of the 17 of July attendees were welcomed into the facility by Manfeild Staff and members of the Business chamber at one of the parks

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  • Superkarts at Manfeild

    22 July 2022

    NZ Superkarts National Race Meeting
    A weekend of competitive racing is just around the corner as the Superkarts take to Circuit Chris Amon for their national race meeting.
    With five categories of racing over the weekend and competitors coming from all over the country and abroad to take part, it promises to be chock full of excellent wheel to wheel racing.
    Come on down and check out the action and watch the talented drivers on display.
    Read more here: Wellington.Scoop » SuperKart speedsters at Manfeild for national championships

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  • Manfeild Stadium a perfect place for local business annual confference

    8 July 2022

    Central Demolition at Manfeild
    Manfeild had the amazing opportunity to host local business Central Demolition’s annual conference in our stadium this Friday.
    The event saw the entire central demolitions crew arrive at the facility in a massive convoy of vehicles which are used on the daily for their operations throughout the region and beyond. With Trucks, work utes and equipment now filling the stadium, it was time to get underway and the day was filled with presentations, demonstrations workshops and with keynote speaker Mike King there it was a wonderful day for all who attended.
    The day concluded with all the vehicles

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  • D1NZ Takes over Circuit Chris Amon

    20 June 2022

    Drifting championship at manfeild
    June saw Manfeild hosting the fourth round of the D1NZ national drift competition which kicked off on the Friday with the Manfeild hosted test day for the D1NZ competitors.
    This was a good chance for the drivers to get familiar with the layout of Circuit Chris Amon as well as the everchanging conditions of the Manawatu region. Seat time was critical, and it was evident as the drivers looked much more comfortable toward the ends of the day and it was clear to see they were ready for competition. Saturday was the first official day of the D1NZ competition saw the Pro-Sport category take to the circuit

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  • Feilding Craft Market Back to Normal

    11 June 2022

    Feilding craft market
    June came with it some truly wintry weather, but along with the cold winds, the Feilding Craft Market also arrived with a presence. The Market which ran on Friday the 10 th and Saturday the 11 th was a welcome return to form for us here at Manfeild and the organisers of the Market with the previous couple of years severely hampering
    the ability to host such an event. It was evident from the outset on Friday that this was going to be a wonderful event and the people of the Manawatu region came out in force to show their support for the market, stall holders and each other with a constant stream of people making

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  • First Covid-19 Drive-thru Vaccination Centre

    20 August 2021

    Exciting news to come out of the latest Covid-19 outbreak!
    Feilding Health Clinic opened the country’s first drive-thru vaccination centre at Manfeild Park stadium on Thursday, as vaccinations restart following a stay due to the change to alert level 4.
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  • Gordon Smith retires as Chair of Manfeild Park Trust

    2 July 2021

    After nearly six years as Chair of the Manfeild Park Trust Board, Gordon Smith has retired, and the search is on for a new Chair.
    In his time as the trust chair, Manfeild has become profitable and attracted several key events to the venue that have benefited the District and the wider region, as well as the National Driver Training Centre.
    Manawatū District Mayor Helen Worboys and spokesperson for the Manfeild settlors says that Smith has contributed positively in his position as Chair and he leaves Manfeild in a strong position.
    “Gordon has done an incredible job in his time as Chair. His efforts are greatly appreciated by

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  • New Trustee appointed to Manfeild Park Trust Board

    25 August 2020

    After an extensive search for a new trustee, The Manfeild Park Trust Electoral College is pleased to announce the appointment of Shayne Harris to the trust board. With 19 very high caliber applicants applying for the one position, Shayne was seen as the best by the Electoral College. Board members are appointed by the three settlors of Manfeild, Manawatu District Council, Manawatu Car Club and Feilding A&P Show. "As original settlors of Manfeild Park, the Manawatu Car Club is excited to have Shayne Harris joining the Manfeild Park Trust Board. We believe his wealth of knowledge and experience will be a huge asset to Manfeild for many

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  • Manfeild, CD Field Days support buses

    12 March 2020

    An annual rural showcase at Manfeild that delivers as Manawatu’s biggest crowd draw and revenue-spinner has raised thought from the host and organiser about how city support might increase. Central Districts Field Days, this year spanning March 19-21, creates an impressively-sized temporary town that becomes a primary agribusiness focus for many thousands of attendees poring over millions of dollars’ worth of exhibits spread around more than 600 stands. This national attraction also serves as a powerful reminder of Manawatu’s status as a key agriculture hub. Statistics showing 68 percent of exhibitors and 48 percent of

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  • Manfeild Gardens

    28 February 2020

    “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
    Certain liberties for time scale notwithstanding, this Chinese proverb is one that is being taken to heart at Manfeild Park.
    The Manawatu’s most diverse events centre is going back to its roots; more exactly, in giving a green-fingered refresh to its trees and plants, especially those that border the facility’s main thoroughfare from South St, Feilding.
    Nature has not been wholly kind to the mainly Native specimens lining Brendon Hartley Drive, the boulevard celebrating the locally-born international motorsport star’s links

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  • Veterans for Manfeild show

    19 February 2020

    WHEN does a diehard enthusiast become an outright obsessive?
    It’s likely a fine line differentiating one from the other when it comes to collecting and curating vintage farm machinery, two involvers have to smilingly agree.
    Manawatu Machinery Club members Ian Capstick and David Dench each have sizeable collections.
    Though their individual tastes differ – Capstick, who grew up on a farm but ran a townie business for all his working life, favours tractors and implements from the 1930s while retired farmer Dench has a particular taste for the International Harvester brand – they are united about the importance of

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  • Manfeild delighted Smith back for 2020

    17 January 2020

    CONTESTING next month’s New Zealand Grand Prix at Manfeild leaves national motorsport treasure Ken Smith tantalisingly close to achieving an ambition he’s been progressively realising at the Feilding venue.
    The 78-year-old icon’s long-standing desire is to achieve a personal goal of 50 starts in the nation’s biggest domestic circuit event.
    His return to the Castrol Toyota Racing Series for the class’s big finale at Manfeild on February 15-16, will take that count to 49.
    That this quest has been largely fulfilling on Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon during the TRS era is highly appropriate, venue chief

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  • Manfeild delighted by Lawson return

    15 January 2020

    KNOWING the ace Kiwi winner of last year’s New Zealand Grand Prix will defend his title on Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon next month is a delight for the venue.
    Kathy Gibson, chief executive of the Feilding multi-events facility, says seeing Liam Lawson, also the reigning champion, fighting to keep the title ‘local’ adds even more spice to the February 15-16 race weekend.
    “A constant about the Grand Prix at Manfeild is that it has always been a total thriller.
    “I cannot imagine next month’s race being any less intense – the field is packed with top international

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  • Manfeild home to call service enhancement

    10 December 2019

    INCREASING demand by venue users for specific cellular services and recognition that Feilding’s existing mobile and digital reach was hitting peak have influenced a new feature at Manfeild Park.
    The importance of the 20-metre telecommunications tower commissioned by Spark New Zealand goes well beyond it being the tallest free-standing feature at the venue.
    Standing adjacent to the carpark servicing the facility’s landmark Manfeild Stadium, the 3G and 4G-enabled technology will prove massively timely as the property continues to attract important events that demand the best and latest in digital

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  • Manfeild Hosting Deer Experts

    12 November 2019

    “We produce the world’s best – and that’s a reputation we want to keep.”
    New Zealand deer velvet quality control begins with events such as one coming to Manfeild, explains a local industry involver.
    Craig Hocken, who farms deer near Colyton, is an organiser of the November 28-30 North Island Velvet Competition, expected to draw more than 70 entries to Manfeild Park for judging and display of velvet and hard antlers.
    Manfeild Park chief executive Kathy Gibson sees this as exciting hosting opportunity for the venue. Velvet production involves the majority of New

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  • Manfeild familiar to Ingram

    24 October 2019

    THE thrill of driving the most powerful single seater racing cars in New Zealand tempered with recognition that the machines – and often their drivers – are irreplaceable legends of speed.
    An aspect of New Zealand’s world-leading SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series, kicking off at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon next month, makes it uniquely different to any other motor-racing series.
    Manawatu driver Kevin Ingram’s competitive spirit has been re-energised by joining this homage to an open wheel, single seater auto-racing formula that ran in different series in various regions

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  • Manfeild Host's Vintage Car Swap Meet

    4 October 2019

    WHAT to buy a 100-year-old becomes a question of ever-increasing relevance with each passing year of a Manfeild-based event for vintage vehicle enthusiasts.
    The Manawatu branch of the Vintage Car Club’s annual swap meeting, at Manfeild Stadium tomorrow (October 5), is a nationally-renowned mecca with proven record for being one of the best opportunities to lay hands on rare spares.
    In respect to that aspect, it is potentially set to enter a gold era from now on, with an increasing count of club members’ vehicles set to hit their 100 th year since manufacture.
    That reflects a big change in the car business that occurred

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  • Manfeild a happy 'home' to Higgins

    17 September 2019

    THE civil construction company that brought Manfeild into being five decades ago is today using the venue to bring new careers into life.
    Civil trades and operator practical training as well as seminars by the Palmerston North-based icon business Higgins are a regular feature at the Feilding venue.
    The annual Operator Boot Camps since 2017, leadership conferences and specialist skills training have drawn a massive participant count and enabled the firm to teach new skills, current best practice and expand the knowledge base of hundreds of their staff.
    This year’s activities have included training in asphalt paving, chip

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  • Manfeild set to be MX-5 central

    13 September 2019

    DESCENDED from classic 1960s’ icons, dedicated to a pure driving experience … the world’s biggest-selling roadster, with a cult following.
    Motoring buffs need no more clues than these to pinpoint the subject of this adulation.
    The Mazda MX-5 is a budget baby two-seater that’s won more than one million owners in 30 years of production over four generations, enduring recipe of top-down fun and a pure driving experience proving particularly popular in New Zealand.
    Little wonder the Mazda MX-5 Club of New Zealand’s activity on Manfeild’s Circuit Chris Amon on September 22 has drawn a full house of 50

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  • Manfeild chief executive announced

    20 August 2019

    “The time has come for Manfeild Park to take its rightful place as a leading sports and events facility in the lower North Island”.          
    This from Kathy Gibson, a Manawatu corporate and community identity announced by Manfeild Park Board of Trustees today as the Feilding amenity’s incoming chief executive officer, from September 30.
    Mrs Gibson needs no persuading about the Feilding multi-event centre’s status as a vital regional facility – she’s long been something of a ‘super fan’.
    Manfeild was championed during her recent tenure

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  • Manfeild a Hot Spot for Fire Fighters

    19 August 2019

    Fire rescue crews from around the country will be at Manfeild later this week for the United Fire Brigades’ Association national drivers challenge.
    AN event at Manfeild this week offers opportunity for the public to show their appreciation of the country’s fire and emergency crews as they undertake a driving skills competition.
    The United Fire Brigades’ Association Firefighter Driver Challenge on August 23-24 will contain largely to Circuit Chris Amon and has drawn crews from all around the country.
    The UFBA has been using Manfeild for annual skills testing for some years and the previous driving

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  • Morrie for Manfeild hot rod day

    31 July 2019

    AMONG treats awaiting rev heads making pilgrimage to Feilding’s home of horsepower on Saturday is a madcap ‘Morrie’.
    Manfeild Park’ s massive stadium and the adjacent Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon will be a hive of activity for the annual Palmerston North Hot Rod Club swap meet.
    Standing tall will be Tim Rush’s 1965 Morris FGK60 flat deck powered by a GM/Holden all-aluminium LS2 V8 motor running into a four-speed automatic transmission.
    Because? Primarily, it’s a transporter for a 1970 Begg FM4 Formula 5000 car Tim races in historic motorsport; a jewel of Feilding’s famed Rush

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  • Manfeild set for huge car culture weekend

    2 April 2019

    CALL it ‘magnetic Manfeild’ – the Feilding venue’s ability to pull in huge crowds for a massive celebration of modern car culture is set to be demonstrated again this weekend.
    Aimed at the modified after-market scene but also tailored to be family-friendly, the V4 (four-cylinder) and Rotary Chrome Expression and Jamboree over Saturday and Sunday enters its 10 th year looking stronger than ever.
    A schedule offering everything from passenger rides on world-renowned Circuit Chris Amon to sessions of racing, burnouts, drifting and drag racing, plus a big array of other entertainment, has

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  • Reining shines at Manfeild

    2 April 2019

    A WESTERN riding discipline that demonstrates how closely humans and horses can connect is staging at Manfeild soon.
    Reining is a horsemanship competition born in the United States in which the riders guide their mounts through a precise pattern of circles, spins and stops.
    It has an enthusiastic and growing New Zealand following, with core support from this region.
    “We have many local members from Feilding and within the lower North Island who will be attending,” says Pauline Scahill, explaining the impetus for why the New Zealand Reining Association choosing Manfeild Stadium as venue for the ‘Summer Reining and

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  • Manfeild readies for 2019 Field Days

    13 March 2019

    BIG and getting bigger – and Manfeild couldn’t be happier.
    Central Districts Field Days creates one of the biggest temporary towns in New Zealand.
    The long-term annual attraction transforms Manfeild into a primary agribusiness focus for many thousands of attendees poring over millions of dollars’ worth of exhibits and reminds why the Manawatu region is a key agriculture hub.
    The 2019 show spanning March 14-16 is set to bring an increase in show stands, with more than 600 booked.
    This requires a rejig of the layout yet, with one of the Feilding facility’s strengths being space in abundance, finding room for

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  • More drama in New Zealand as Lawson wins GP and title

    12 February 2019

    Toyota Racing New Zealand Media Release 
    Liam Lawson is the 2019 New Zealand Grand Prix winner and the Castrol Toyota Racing Series champion after a dramatic finale at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon this afternoon in the Manawatu.
    In a race peppered by Safety Cars, race stoppages and penalties, Lawson emerged through it all to take both prizes. A devastated Marcus Armstrong was given a five second penalty for a move on Lawson during the race, but it proved to be academic. Once Lawson had established himself in second place late on after the third race restart, there was nothing Armstrong could do to prevent Lawson winning the series

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  • HIGHEST quality equestrian competition is coming to Manfeild next month

    30 January 2019

    The Bates National Dressage Championships has been an annual occurrence at the Feilding venue since 2014.
    The 2019 competition on February 14 -17 has high significance as the year’s first world ranking points-scoring opportunity for riders looking to make the cut for New Zealand’s entry to 2020 Olympic Games in Japan.
    The Dressage Nationals and subsequent Horse of the Year, in March, are the primary national occasions for riders to gain points; thereafter the best opportunities require travel to Australia, from May.
    It is also the sport’s first international event since New Zealand was named as second placeholder

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  • Manfeild NZGP ticket promo a hot deal

    28 January 2019

    IMPETUS by the New Zealand Grand Prix’s promoter to deliver an astoundingly sharp ticket price for the country’s biggest national motorsport event has delighted the chief executive of host venue Manfeild, who says motorsport fans would be crazy not to take full advantage.
    A promotion by Speed Works Events specific to the February 8-10 meeting on Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon effectively means patrons will, if coming in on a double ticket bought through the vendor’s promotion, pay just $10 for an individual weekend ticket that has a full retail value of $80.
    Julie Keane, chief executive of the Feilding venue, says it

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  • Manfeild’s Aussie celebration in good heart

    18 January 2019

    SENTIMENTALITY is proving a powerful fuel for an annual celebration of Australian cars.
    The upcoming 2019 All Aussie Car Show at Manfeild is the second staged since car manufacturing ceased across the Tasman and, while that loss is keenly felt, growing nostalgia is likely lifting the status of this popular charity event.
    Organiser Dwayne Burrell, of Feilding, is confident the display has a good future and will forge a stronger reputation as time goes on. 
    “I’m not sure if it’s just pure nostalgia but its profile just seems to build up just that little bit more every year.
    “This year’s

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  • Manfeild’s Aussie celebration in good heart

    18 January 2019

    SENTIMENTALITY is proving a powerful fuel for an annual celebration of Australian cars.
    The upcoming 2019 All Aussie Car Show at Manfeild is the second staged since car manufacturing ceased across the Tasman and, while that loss is keenly felt, growing nostalgia is likely lifting the status of this popular charity event.
    Organiser Dwayne Burrell, of Feilding, is confident the display has a good future and will forge a stronger reputation as time goes on. 
    “I’m not sure if it’s just pure nostalgia but its profile just seems to build up just that little bit more every year.
    “This year’s

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  • Manfeild’s Aussie celebration in good heart

    18 January 2019

    SENTIMENTALITY is proving a powerful fuel for an annual celebration of Australian cars.
    The upcoming 2019 All Aussie Car Show at Manfeild is the second staged since car manufacturing ceased across the Tasman and, while that loss is keenly felt, growing nostalgia is likely lifting the status of this popular charity event.
    Organiser Dwayne Burrell, of Feilding, is confident the display has a good future and will forge a stronger reputation as time goes on. 
    “I’m not sure if it’s just pure nostalgia but its profile just seems to build up just that little bit more every year.
    “This year’s

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  • Car show with Australian flavour revving up for Starship Foundation

    10 January 2019

    Rev up your Holdens and ignite your Falcons, Feilding's Manfeild Park is about to be over-run by Australians.
    Since the manufacturing of the Australian car assembly ceased in 2017, the All Aussie Car Show will forge a stronger reputation as time goes on. 
    The show returns to Manfeild for its eighth visit on January 26, over which time it has raised more than $15,000 for the Starship Foundation.
    Organiser Dwayne Burrell said owners of about 200 historic cars usually turned up with their pride and joy. Some even let children climb into the driver's seat and check out the bells and whistles. 

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  • New Zealand drifting grand final moves from Pukekohe to Manawatū

    10 January 2019

    Smokey circles, deafening engines and the stink of burnt rubber will ring out from a Manawatū raceway as it gears up to host New Zealand's coveted drifting championship.
    The D1NZ grand final will come to Feilding's Manfeild Park for the first time when it rolls into town on April 26. 
    The event's finale has spent the last four years at Pukekohe Park Raceway, regarded as the spiritual home of drifting, although the Auckland track will only host round four this season.
    Organiser Brendon White said the competition would be brought forward two months to seek warmer

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  • Manfeild round excites teen

    12 December 2018

    HEADING to his home track this weekend for the second round of a motorcycle series in which he has made a strong start excites a Sanson teenager.
    Shane Miller comes to Manfeild in Feilding holding third equal in the GIXXER Cup, a competition designed to get young bloods back into motorcycle road and track racing. Hence the tagline: ‘Growing Future Champions.’
    His hope about this second outing, part of the Suzuki Series, providing good opportunity to further build on a great run at the December 8-9 opener at Taupo, rests on his intimacy with Circuit Chris Amon.
    “It’s the track on which I’ve put in the

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  • So much talent heading to Suzuki Series start line

    4 December 2018

    For three weeks each December, the speed of life quickens as the annual Suzuki Series weaves its magic.
    Bike racers, engineers and mechanics, team managers, sponsors and the many fans all become engrossed in this special 'mini' season of pre-nationals racing.
    This year's annual three-round Suzuki Series kicks off at Taupo's Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park this Sunday, December 9, and there's no let-up with the series heading to the Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon, on the outskirts of Feilding, for round two just a week later, on December 16, before its traditional Boxing Day finale on Whanganui's famous Cemetery Circuit.
    It has been

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  • Manfeild Park Trust granted $2.8million to deliver national driver training project

    15 November 2018

    Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones has today announced $2.8million of funding for the Manfeild Park Trust to develop its National Driver Training Centre.
    The $2.8m Provincial Growth Fund investment will be used by the Manfeild Park Trust to develop the facility, expanding the current Class 1 driver training programme to deliver a full suite of driver training; including class 2 - 5 (heavy/commercial licences), wheels, tracks and rollers and civil construction. 
    As the first facility of its kind in New Zealand, Manfeild Chief Executive Julie Keane says that the National Driver Training Centre provides a solution to

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  • Manfeild drift event for charity

    13 November 2018

    OPPORTUNITY to check out a locally-developed car that has taken its motorsport sphere by screaming storm will come at Manfeild on Saturday, November 17.
    A charity event for suicide awareness co-ordinated by the Manawatu Car Club’s drift committee, ShowVember is a free-entry activity that corrals a wide variety of track-themed performance cars for public scrutiny, with specific focus on the world’s fastest-growing motorsport, drifting.
    A big count of slide-tastic cars will be competing on Circuit Chris Amon, with the winner being crowned ‘King of ShowVember’.
    The New Zealand Grand Prix-hosting layout will also

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  • Manfeild classic revs up

    7 November 2018

    CLASSIC racing is about more than pure competition – another draw is the camaraderie.
    The enthusiast spirit that drives this weekend’s MG Classic on Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon is why this annual chance for drivers of all types of classic car to get onto the track and let rip remains so popular.
    So says Dean Curtis, of Palmerston North, whose Ford Escort RS has become a regular sight over the years, winning huge admiration for not only being an exciting pace-setter but also because of the impeccable standard of presentation.
    “We really look forward to the MG meeting, it’s just a really good event that draws a

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  • Manfeild tops with police training

    25 October 2018

    AN environment dedicated to motorsport prowess is also being credited with elevating the skills of guardians of our roads.
    Incredibly, the Manfeild Park facility in Feilding is heading toward clocking half a century of continuous association with New Zealand Police driver training.
    A programme that brings police vehicles and staff to Circuit Chris Amon on an almost weekly basis is celebrated as a core activity that conforms comfortably with the facility’s emergent National Driver Training Centre speciality, says chief executive Julie Keane.
    “One strong reinforcement of our belief that Manfeild Park should and will be the

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  • Manfeild programme aiding highway project

    24 October 2018

    Manfeild’s ground-breaking driver training programme stands ready to provide support to the biggest civil engineering project in the Manawatu in many years.
    Carving out a route to wholly replace the now defunct Manawatu Gorge segment of State Highway Three is a multi-million dollar impetus demanding a large local workforce, many having to operate specialist machinery.
    The Feilding facility’s National Driver Training Centre will facilitate the needs of hundreds of workers desiring to upskill to that level.
    “Construction of the Gorge replacement road and bypass are major undertakings to commence by 2020 so there is a

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  • Manfeild's vintage outing

    4 October 2018

    “How it gets up in the morning is how it will go for the rest of the day.”
    Vintage car buff Dave Livingston isn’t outright saying his 1927 Paige coupe is cantankerous, but he does suggest there’s a reason why it has earned a certain epithet.
    “We call her ‘Mrs Paige’ … because she does have a bit of a mind of her own in respect to how she runs.”
    So, on some days sweet and loveable – and on others a bit rough-voiced and not to be messed with.
    Still, that’s how it goes with old cars and the one that has just hit its ninth decade gets plenty of love and understanding

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  • Manfeild grandstands removed

    28 September 2018

    THE ease of demolition of three Manfeild Park buildings is a powerful reminder why their time had come.
    Grandstands bordering Brendon Hartley Drive, the main access into the venue from Feilding’s South St, have now been toppled.
    The buildings’ fate was sealed through abject inability to meet code compliance for earthquake risk.
    The poor state of the structures, also influenced by an asbestos and fire danger risk, was highlighted during demolition, Manfeild Park operations manager Steve Easthope says.
    “It has been a great relief for us that the buildings are finally down.”
    The grandstands dated to the

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  • Christmas market at Manfeild

    27 September 2018

    FESTIVE cheer will fill Manfeild Stadium when it hosts the country’s biggest indoor Christmas market.
    The October 12-13 occasion is the latest brainchild of Gary and Heather Philip and is an exciting adjunct to the hugely-popular annual mid-year Feilding Craft Market they stage at the venue, with a ton of ‘special somethings’ promised.
    “We are really excited about having Feilding Craft Market's big Christmas market at Manfeild,” Mrs Philip says.
    “It’s going to be huge.”
    Having the market in October gives shoppers the chance to get their Christmas shopping done early, she says.

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  • Manfeild mini moto’s electric edge

    25 September 2018

    THE major annual event at Manfeild where secondary school students race mini motorcycles they have developed has followed latest trend and gone electric.
    The spirit of inventiveness synonymous with the New Zealand Secondary Schools Mini Moto Racing has seen Manawatu schools and a local learning institute plug into the potential of battery-compelled bikes.
    Machines created by Feilding High School, Freyberg High School, St Peters College and Palmerston North’s UCOL will add quiet and Green-minded flavour to the October 16-17 outing in which pupils from 12 schools race motorcycles they've designed and built to gain NCEA unit

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  • Manfeild tattoo moment recalled

    14 September 2018

    SEVEN years and four shows on, it remains the moment that captures the spirit of an epic Manfeild Stadium occasion returning on September 30.
    The grand finale moment of the 2010 Highland Tattoo at the Feilding venue … all performers take the stage; the pipes are skirling, drums beating.
    And leading this ensemble, the tall Drum Major, this time in the company of a wee cherubic boy, also dressed in full Highland regalia.
    It’s easy to imagine that everyone there would remember the day … yet, actually, the one who made the moment, who took the hand of a friendly stranger and walked into the spotlight is quietly

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  • Manfeild hot rod show benefits Canteen

    2 August 2018

    CIRCUIT cruising is a can-do component of an annual cool car culture captivator at Manfeild that will this year benefit Canteen.
    Organisers of Saturday’s (August 4) swap meet and hot rod display and track ride experience operated by the Palmerston North Hot Rod Club are delighted this year’s event will benefit the local branch of an organisation providing life-saving support for young New Zealanders impacted by cancer.
    Hundreds of vehicles drawn from throughout the country are set to be shown off at the Feilding venue for an event that, in addition to being the country’s oldest continual swap meet, is also a superb

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  • Manfeild prepped for ENEOS finale

    17 July 2018

    MANFEILD’S fast and challenging layout will add extra spice to this Saturday’s (July 21) finale of an endurance car race series.
    With points still so close that more than half the entrants stand a mathematical chance of victory, the free-to-view third and final leg of the most competitive ENEOS North Island Endurance Series season to date will likely be an extreme paced epic.
    Any one of the top 16 teams in the title chase, including Palmerston North outfit MIKE Racing, is in with a mathematical shot of winning the drawcard three-hour series, an organiser contends.
    “The championship is up for grabs,” says

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  • Manfeild superb for superbikes

    16 July 2018

    RETURN of superbike racing to Manfeild next March raises potential for a long-standing lap records being bettered.
    “The advances in tyre and motorbike technology since a national championship event was last held at Manfeild could raise that possibility,” suggests Glen Williams, Motorcycling New Zealand’s President and a firm fan of the Feilding track.
    A resurgence of road racing and emergence of fresh rider talent over the past season also fuel this prospect, he adds.
    Any challenge to the optimal motorcycle time will be keenly followed. The overall motorbike record of one minute and 5.343 seconds was set by Andrew

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  • Manfeild perfect for jobFEST

    11 June 2018

    AN exposition primarily providing students insight into employment opportunities in a regionally-crucial industry is an exciting initiative for host venue Manfeild.
    JobFEST is a first-of-a-kind event on June 20 likely to pull thousands of attendees, the majority comprising year 12 and 13 secondary students from central New Zealand.
     An event that provides focus on the transport industry, with 50 companies providing displays and showcasing jobs spanning a multitude of areas of expertise, capitalises on Manfeild Stadium’s impressive display space.
    “There is no place better suited in the region for jobFEST than

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  • Manfeild driving programme recruit call

    5 June 2018

    ADDITIONAL volunteer mentors to teach students to drive safely are required for a programme operating at Manfeild.
    National Driver Training Centre programme manager Michael Barbour says his call for more recruits is driven by the success of the scheme at one local school.
    The rewarding outcomes from a programme at Hato Paora College near Feilding has encouraged other schools in the region to seek involvement.
    “Obviously this is great news but it does also raise a challenge,” Mr Barbour said.
    ““We are delighted to already have some amazing mentors who have generously given their time, yet we are now at a

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  • Manfeild perfect for huge market

    24 May 2018

    MORE ‘special somethings’ will be on sale when the biggest indoor craft event in the country comes back to the largest indoor venue of its type in the lower North Island.
    The Feilding Craft Market at Manfeild Stadium has always been a mecca for treasure hunters and this year’s event, on Friday June 8 and Saturday June 9, will elevate that status all the more, organiser Heather Philip suggests.
    “We have been travelling the country all year to add those special somethings to our event and have found many wonderful artisans, some of whom have never been to any shows before,” she says.
    Garden art

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  • Manfeild perfect for duathlon

    18 May 2018

    OPPORTUNITY to compete in an environment similar to a roadscape but without the issues of traffic makes Manfeild a perfect location for an impending duathlon at the Feilding facility.
    A successful outcome of the cycling and running event, to stage on the circuit on the morning of June 10, might lead to Manfeild being favourably considered for higher status competition in the future.
    These thoughts are expressed by Barrie Eccles, treasurer of the Manawatu Triathlon Club, which is organising the upcoming interclub race.
    His own participation in last year’s six-hour cycling challenge, an annual event staging again this Sunday

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  • Scholarship racing on at Manfeild

    7 May 2018

    OPPORTUNITY to race in the United States has further lifted the standing of a star of the future motorsport search that calls Manfeild home.
    Circuit chief executive Julie Keane says the extra shine meted the annual SpeedSport Scholarship reflects the ongoing importance of a generous regionally-orchestrated competition giving its winner a season in the Formula First category.
    “Manfeild takes pride that we are part of a scholarship story that further shows our circuit as a breeding ground for future champions.
    “I’m delighted that, in addition to continuing to provide the significant prize of entry into the primary

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  • Manfeild driving programme at school

    2 May 2018

    IMMERSING in a road safety programme and young driver tuition operating from Manfeild is giving a small college near Feilding an amazing opportunity it intends to maximise.
    Hato Paora College is a Catholic Maori boys’ school at which almost all students are fulltime boarders.
    It draws students from all over New Zealand – including the Chatham Islands – and also overseas, including at the moment Kiwi kids whose parents are working in Germany and New York, for up to five years’ education.
    This raises one bump on a road Sean Bristow, the acting principal and also the director of teaching and learning, intends

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  • Crash rescue comp returns to Manfeild

    26 April 2018

    AN exercise in which fire crews are tested on the ability to extricate road accident victims from smashed vehicles returns to Manfeild next month.
    Sixteen crews, seven from the North Island and the remainder from the South, will be at the Feilding facility on May 24, 25 and 26 to take part in the United Fire Brigades’ Association of New Zealand combined regional road crash rescue challenge.
    Held at the Manfeild Stadium and requiring 70 cars donated by regional wrecking yards, this event is very popular with fire brigades.
    “Road fatalities and related injuries continue to rise,” UFBA Chief Executive Officer Bill

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  • Life-saving equipment for Manfeild

    6 April 2018

    Around 1800 New Zealanders every year are treated for a cardiac arrest in the community and experts suggest survival is often largely due to what assistance comes within the first few minutes.
    A vital piece of equipment that has a proven record in much improving a sufferer’s chances of survival has now been installed at Manfeild.
    Julie Keane, chief executive of the popular Feilding facility, says she is delighted the venue now has an automated emergency defibrillator, provisioned as result of a Lion Foundation grant and sourced from Pro Med, the event medical services specialist provider to Manfeild.
    Equipment that commonly

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  • Dressage role celebrated by Manfeild

    21 March 2018

    CONFIRMATION the New Zealand National Dressage Championships will return to Manfeild in 2019 provides opportunity for the venue to reinforce a previously stated status as the premier national location for the sport.
    The Bates National Dressage Championships has been an annual event at the Feilding venue since 2014, having previously been staged there every two in every three years.
    Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane says the 2018 event, on February 15-18, was especially well-supported by riders and spectators and provided the added appeal of internationally-renowned local competitor Julie Brougham winning the championship after years

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  • Tyre toasting arena enlarged at Manfeild

    15 March 2018

    PARTICIPANTS in one of the most popular crowd thrills hosted at a big annual celebration of modern car culture at Manfeild are being given more room to play.
    The venue’s burn out pad, a polished concrete low-grip surface on which cars are made to lose traction to the point where the driving tyres smoke heavily, has been enlarged.
    Organisers of the V 4 And Rotary North Island Jamboree, which returns to the Feilding venue for a ninth consecutive year on March 24-25, have funded the extension and are excited by the potential a bigger arena brings.
    “With the area now around 18 metres by 18 metres we can accommodate

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  • Field days a bumper crop for Manfeild

    8 March 2018

    AS the countdown to a landmark Central Districts Field Days begins, organisers and the venue host have taken opportunity to turn back the clock, reflecting on how this rural centrepiece has grown.
    Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane says the instigators of a national classic running on March 15-17 always envisaged it becoming a big thing, yet today’s event has probably outgrown their wildest dreams in terms of its physical size, span of activity and, of course, crowd draw.
    “In 1993 this was a small event with about 50 sites taking up a modest area within the circuit layout - this year’s celebration of 25 years of

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  • Last picture show at Manfeild?

    28 February 2018

    NEXT weekend’s outdoor movie double-header at Manfeild might yet be the last picture show at the venue.
    So much depends on what sort of turn-out the season finale delivers.
    Drive-in movies have been running at the Feilding venue for the past two summers, in either the Manfeild Stadium carpark or on the adjacent oval, and started out as a box office success.
    However, dwindling audience counts have led the venue having to consider whether it’s time to stow the big screen.
    But there’s one more chance for film buffs to show their support.
    Thought is that two 1980s’ American epics, coming-of-age great The

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  • Manfeild experience wows golf hotshots

    23 February 2018

    FIVE hard drivers in top-level golf have come to Manfeild for a race car experience that was anything but putt-putt.
    Brad Shilton, David Smail, Harry Bateman, Luke Toomey and Brad Kennedy, all big hitters of the New Zealand PGA Championship running today and all weekend in Palmerston North, enjoyed free time from that competition yesterday (Thursday, February 22) to take a fast ride around Circuit Chris Amon, in the passenger seat of a high-powered European exotic.
    Even though some of the guests had experienced performance cars on tracks before – and one, Smail, has such an interest in circuit sport that he is restoring a

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  • Manfeild, region, promoter pleased with GP

    23 February 2018

    CONFIDENCE that the New Zealand Grand Prix will continue going from strength to strength at Manfeild with significant regional funding support is total.
    This today from Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane, who says discussion between event stakeholders and the promoter since the February 11 race on Circuit Chris Amon has clarified certainty about the Feilding venue’s host rights’ status and strengthened her optimism that this event will continue to flourish.
    “In the past week we have been involved in talks between promoter Speed Works Events, the Palmerston North City Council and Manawatu District Council and have

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  • Manfeild set for second GP

    14 February 2018

    THE second phase of Manfeild’s Grand Prix double-header opens tomorrow (Thursday, February 15) with top-flight competition and a massive national turnout expected.
    The Feilding venue has been in a turmoil of activity, with crews cleaning up after the country’s biggest domestic motor-racing event, the New Zealand Grand Prix contested on February 11, synching smoothly with preparation for the Bates NZ Championships.
    The country’s largest and most crucial dressage undertaking  has attracted a bumper entry of 186 horses and more than 140 riders (because some have more than one mount), with a range of high-profile

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  • Manfeild impressed by NZGP promotion

    26 January 2018

    ATTENDANCE of the New Zealand Grand Prix race meeting at Manfeild on February 9-11 will definitely be boosted by a regional ticket giveaway promotion.
    “We understand quite a few Palmerston North and Manawatu ratepayers have taken advantage of the offer of a free three-day pass,” Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane says.
    “The preliminary information we have received from the promoter, Speedworks Events, suggests we can anticipate seeing quite a few additional race fans coming to Manfeild: Circuit Chris Amon as result of this promotion, enough to help realise our expectation of this endeavour delivering an increased

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  • Muscle machines for Manfeild show

    16 January 2018

    AN epic Aussie ‘phwoarhorse’ is sure to command special attention at an annual car show returning to Manfeild on Saturday (January 20).
    The all-Aussie car show at the Feilding facility takes special significance in its seventh year, not just because the recent end to car-making across the Tasman means it will for the first time be a celebration of past achievement.
    The fundraiser for Auckland’s Starship hospital will also deliver chance for fast car fans to look over a very special edition Holden, created as a sign-off to its own car-making chapter in Australia.
    In the prelude to ending assembly in October, GM

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  • Hartley pointing the way at Manfeild

    28 December 2017

    ANOTHER regional motorsport hero has been permanently honoured by the Manawatu facility where his circuit racing career began.
    Manfeild this morning hosted a celebration of Brendon Hartley, the Palmerston North-born and raised racer whose trophy-rich international motorsport ascendancy was especially stellar this year, culminating with entry into the category he dreamed of entering since age six, Formula One.
    Now his amazing year ends with a home ground honour - the naming, as Brendon Hartley Drive, of the main thoroughfare into a venue he has also known since childhood.
    Fittingly, the route that comes off South St, Feilding, leads

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  • Feilding youngster fired up for Manfeild

    11 December 2017

    WATCHING action at Manfeild and having a dad and older brother compete on two wheels fired the racing ambition of a Feilding teen set to show his talent on his home track this weekend.
    What also got this aspirant into the Suzuki GIXXER Cup, an exciting new start-up series designed to get young bloods back into motorcycle road and track racing, can also be measured in material necessary for starting a good blaze.
    The name of the title sponsor on the fuel tank of Justin Maunder’s motorcycle tells a story of fantastic home-built entrepreneurship.
    ‘Justin’s Killer Kindling’ an enterprise run by the Feilding

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  • Julie's Column Dec 7

    7 December 2017

    AS the year draws to a close, our thoughts here at Manfeild are turning toward the New Zealand Grand Prix, a title every driver wants.
    Planning for the February 11-12 event is again guided by the memory of true legend Chris Amon – the 2018 race represents the 50th anniversary of the first of our Bulls’-born friend’s two NZGP title wins while a Ferrari works driver.
    Chris was always a firm supporter of keeping the NZGP at Manfeild. His view was that maintaining the event at a single venue enhanced the race’s heritage and he believed Manfeild was the best choice, being so geographically well located and quite

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  • Manfeild tops with Special Olympics NZ

    23 November 2017

    WORLD class quality has earned Manfeild repeat host rights to the only 2017 Special Olympics New Zealand event to stage outside of Wellington.
    Thirty-nine riders from throughout the country will come to the Feilding venue for equestrian competition next week that is part of the organisation’s National Summer Games.
    Every other event is being staged in and around the Capital, but when it came to the November 28-30 riding competition, only the best would do – that’s Manfeild Park.
    The allure today is as it was when the competition last staged there in 2009. Thinking then that the massive indoor and outdoor eventing

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  • Manfeild demonstrates NDTC reach

    21 November 2017

    INVITEES to today’s significant Manawatu event addressing driver training for secondary school students were exposed to a rich diversity of activity.
    The National Driver Training Centre, based at Manfeild, has hosted a promotion for school principals, career advisors, gateway co-ordinators, Government departments, corporate partners and funders to showcase existing courses along with future opportunities the emergent venture aims to provide in 2018 and beyond.
    Guided demonstration of current activities plus insight into additional involvements still under development was provided, with displays in and around Manfeild Stadium and

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  • Manfeild sharpens tech edge

    13 November 2017

    EXTRA polish has been added to Manfeild’s online and phone app technology.
    Just-enacted enhancements to the venue’s website ( www.Manfeild.co.nz) and its smartphone app active for Apple and Android platforms that, when launched in time for the 2017 New Zealand Grand Prix in February was believed to be a New Zealand first and potentially international standard-setter, have left both delivering a whole new user experience.
    “We’re really excited by the revisions and we know users will be too,” says Manfeild marketing manager Sarah Hughes.
    “Our social media development is a core part of our ongoing

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  • Classic role for Manfeild’s historic meet

    9 November 2017

    LEADING every race field but never seeing the finish flag is Russell Byrne’s lot at a historic race car gathering at Manfeild renowned for its rich colour and character.
    The Palmerston North local and longtime Manawatu Car Club member has a key role at this weekend’s The Sound MG Classic, driving the safety car that competing drivers follow to form up on the grid. He then ducks away before the lights go green.
    It’s a fun duty for someone who has, in the past, been amongst the competing crowd, in a 1979 series 1 Mazda RX7, and a reminder of the crucial role played by volunteers filling a multitude of duties to ensure

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  • Manfeild well-placed for policies

    3 November 2017

    DRIVER training policy expected out of the new Labour-led coalition Government is wholly in tune with aims expressed by a leading locally-based national provider.
    “We are in a great position to deliver on the policies expressed by Labour and by New Zealand First in their respective election campaigns,” says Michael Barbour, project lead for the National Driver Training Centre, operating from Manfeild in Feilding.
    “We hope that the new administration will now prioritise their ideas about
    introducing driving classes to high school students because we share their conviction that this is a matter of great

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  • From Man to Manfeild

    26 October 2017

    A British-born competitor at this weekend’s historic motorcycle racing event at Manfeild has quite a tale to tell.
    Chris Swallow, a Yorkshireman who came to live in New Zealand seven years ago to teach physical education and a motorcycle-automotive course at a Tawa college, is the talk of his sport for setting a speed record at the Isle of Man Classic TT, a classic bike racing mecca event in August.
    In nailing a lap average of a fraction over 160kmh on a BSA Gold Star, a bike that came into production in 1938 and was a staple of top-end racing for 20-odd years following, Swallow met a challenge that the machine’s New

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  • Manfeild minibike action broadcast

    17 October 2017

    THE eleventh stanza of a national annual secondary students’ miniature motorcycle racing event at Manfeild today and tomorrow can be seen as something new – as in, something new to be seen on a screen.
    For the first time a national event that has massively reinvigorated flagging student interest in manual trade courses is being webcast.
    Capturing the action is a Hamilton-based specialist, CTAS, which has plenty of experience of filming motorcycling racing at Manfeild, through live broadcasting of Victoria Motorcycle Club winter series rounds this year, as well as other sports including jet sprints and rugby league.

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  • Manfeild menu’s new ingredient

    11 October 2017

    CREATING memorably good food is a mix of artistry and craft – that’s a view the expert caterer now taking up an opportunity at Manfeild firmly shares with the cuisine ace who has decided to leave the facility’s kitchen.
    Karen Rusling, whose parents ran a bakery and whose Feilding-based KR’s café and catering has risen to become a celebrated and award-winning regional business, has been named as the exclusive corporate caterer for Manfeild, thus replacing one of the country’s leading culinary experts, Hester Guy, who has chosen a quieter life.
    Mrs Rusling is excited about starting a whole new food

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  • Manfeild ready for old favourites

    10 October 2017

    FANCY seeing yourself at the wheel of a bone fide pioneer of the roads?
    Owning cars from a bygone time isn’t necessarily a rich man’s dream – at the moment many are no more expensive to buy into than a modest family shopping basket. 
    The boom in buying up vintage vehicles – anything built between 1919 to 1931 – that hit dizzying heights about 10 years ago has quietened down considerably attests Trevor Hardy, a co-ordinator of an upcoming vintage car swap meet at Manfeild. 
    Many popular vintages models and even some veterans (the pre-1919s) can be snapped up for good prices, says the Manawatu

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  • Manfeild puts best paw forward

    6 October 2017

    TWENTY-five years ago Sue Richardson sought professional assistance when a pup she bought refused to come back when called – today she, her husband and their 10 border collies are award-winning obedience stars.
    ‘X’ factors that make all the difference in the competition ring include watchfulness, willingness to please and a happy attitude – not just from the four-legged entrants but also their handlers.
    “Dogs are just like us, they have good days and their bad days,” says Ms Richardson, a local organiser of the Blackhawk National Dog Obedience Assembly bringing 230 people and 800 canines to the

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  • Manfeild well-known to cyclists

    29 September 2017

    AS novel as the idea of cycling on motor-racing circuits sounds, competitors in a national schools’ event at Manfeild on Monday, October 2, will be forgiven for finding the venue highly familiar.
    Kevin Searle, a Levin identity of the sport and also chairman of Cycling New Zealand Schools, reminds the Feilding circuit’s link with the New Zealand School Road Cycling Championships is exceptionally strong.
    “Manfeild has hosted the Points Race at the School Road National Championships since the race was introduced back in 1979.”
    Taking the event to the circuit’s main grand prix track, renamed last year as

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  • Manfeild driver course in synch

    23 August 2017

    GROWING political interest in introducing driving classes to high school students has been welcomed by an emergent local provider.
    The National Driver Training Centre, operating from Manfeild, has already begun training the region’s students, with a high pass rate.
    Michael Barbour, the NDTC project leader, says the recent national focus on preparing youngsters for the road, is heartening.
    Over the past few weeks the Labour Party and New Zealand First have each pledged to introduce training programmes and Local Government New Zealand has also spoken out on the subject.
    “The importance of a driver licence to perform

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  • Manfeild driver course gets thumbs up

    21 August 2017

    THE mother of one of the first graduates of a Manfeild-centred programme readying young drivers for the road has spoken glowingly of the course – as has her daughter.
    The ambition of the facility-backed National Driver Training Centre is to see students achieve a restricted licence, associated NCEA credits and even a defensive driving certificate.
    The impetus is that school leavers stand a much better chance of gaining a place in the workforce if they hold a driving licence.
    Ali Skelton’s daughter Nelly was among Feilding High School students who recently achieved restricted licences from a course at the Feilding

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  • Julie’s Column 3 Aug

    7 August 2017

    EVENTO’S standing as an artistic performance occasion has surely been cemented by this year’s show, at our magnificent Manfeild Stadium last Saturday night (July 27).
    Feilding High School’s wearable art competition holds comfortable status an iconic event, but the 21st coming of age celebration was truly special and I’m sure every one of the 1500 attendees would have been hugely impressed by the quality of the show.
    Evento really is something to behold. The music, dance, performance and wearable art combine into an extravaganza that overwhelms the audience with its richness.
    Even so, Saturday was extra

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  • Manfeild a hot spot for fire competition

    7 August 2017

    MANFEILD is about to feel the heat of a major fire call-out with likelihood of a dozen engines and 90 fire fighters in attendance – but there’s no call for alarm.
    The August 11-12 occasion is purely a drill, being an annual United Fire Brigades’ Association competition that tests driving skills.
    The fiercely-contested event will this year draw entrants from Kaitaia at the top of the North Island to the Southland township of Wyndham, representing 53 brigades, the majority being volunteer personnel.
    Opportunity to be named the country’s best fire engine driver certainly gets them all fired up, UFBA Events

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  • Manfeild fulfils dying man’s wish

    7 August 2017

    A DYING petrolhead’s tyre-smoking drift dream has been fulfilled at Manfeild.
    Jarred Townsend, who is diagnosed with leukaemia and has been told he has weeks to live, is ticking off his bucket list – and one burning desire was to test the mettle of his just-completed high horsepower Nissan Skyline.
    That wish was granted on Saturday, August 5, with a full day of drifting at a venue which hosts some of the biggest national events for the now FIA-recognised skid-up sport.
    Manfeild and the Manawatu Car Club, which was hosting a motorsport event on the main circuit for the weekend, worked together to realise the

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  • Extra grunt to Manfeild hot rod show

    31 July 2017

    AN annual Manfeild event that captures the ethos of cool car culture has extra horsepower this year.
    Organisers of Saturday’s swap meet and hot rod display run by the Palmerston North Hot Rod Club say there has been an upsurge in trade sites, with more than 50 for the 8am start occasion.
    The resurgence of interest shows that an event of this size and scale is simply irresistible to the numerous businesses that specialise in selling petrolhead fare, organisers believe.
    “Our trade site numbers were down a little over the past couple of years, but not this year – we’re looking good for a great day,” an

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  • Manfeild Evento vibe captures students

    24 July 2017

    NATURE being the core theme of Evento seems entirely appropriate for one participant school – Waiopehu College’s involvement appears to be ever-growing.
    Fourteen students from the Levin school are taking part in the 2017 secondary schools’ wearable arts show, at Manfeild Stadium this Saturday night (July 29), an enthusiasm that delights their head of visual arts.
    Andrew Yates says he cannot speak highly enough of Feilding High School’s annual demonstration of artistry, enthusiasm and ingenuity in apparel.
    In the eight years’ of his own involvement, first at Taihape Area School before coming to the

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  • Julie's Column 20 July

    20 July 2017

    MANFEILD’S strong interest in positive youth development is bringing tangible result at this very moment.
    In addition to preparing for our annual instalment of Evento, just a fortnight away and now surely the country’s pre-eminent showcase of school-level wearable arts, our Feilding venue has during this mid-term break been further developing our regional push to get every teenager a driving licence before they leave secondary school.
    It is six months since we began a pilot for the Steering Aotearoa driver training initiative that sets out to enable secondary students to achieve at least a restricted licence, associated

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  • Manfeild farm-scape for contest

    6 July 2017

    MANFEILD’S massive outdoor arena is converting into a working farm – complete with paddocks, sheep, tractors and grain siloes – in preparation for an event tomorrow that will test the nation’s brightest farming talent.
    Hands’ on activity central to determining the pick of the crop of the nation’s top young farmers is being staged at a venue just minutes from the Feilding central business district.
    “This is our first direct involvement with the FMG Young Farmer of the Year grand final and we couldn’t be more excited,” Manfeild chief executive Julie Keane said today.

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  • Manfeild Evento buzz grows

    3 July 2017

    “Four weeks to go – and it feels like four minutes. The weeks just fly, there are not enough hours in the day.”
    So says Amanda Street, an architect of Feilding High School’s Wearable Art Show, Evento, much more now than an iconic annual must-see in its home town and all the more important with the 2017 event, on July 29 at Manfeild Stadium, being the 21st.
    The ramp up to a show that includes music, dance and performance as well as wearable art, all created by secondary school students, in an extravaganza of colour and sound playing out to an audience of thousands is already under way.
    Ticket sales are off to

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