All the latest Steelfort news
17 July 2019
Sit back and watch the lawns mow themselves with the high quality, radio controlled Spider mowers.
Spider mowers feature a range of innovative solutions that make mowing comfortable, safe and most importantly, very effective. The Spider can handle slopes of up to 55 degrees and can replace up to 15 people with a brushcutter.
Contact us today for more info! 06 350 1350
10 July 2019
The Downtown 350i has a broad front fairing design and heightened front screen to provide enhanced weather protection allowing a comfortable ride no matter the conditions. Ergonomic seating means the plush yet hard-wearing seating provides rider and pillion passenger maximum comfort, perfect for long distance rides. The Contemporary instrumentation cluster is illuminated with bright LED lighting and features an intuitive multi-function display – speedometer, odometer, trip meter, fuel gauge, water temp, air temp, voltage gauge, oil gauge and emergency light. Efficient four-stroke engine delivers responsive power and the advanced electronic fuel injection is mapped to deliver an even low down power while maintaining consistent fuel economy.
Efficient & superior, the Downtown 350i is a new horizon.
3 July 2019
We had a great group of dealers in at Steelfort HQ last week for our 2019 Drive Day.
It was a great opportunity for our dealers to check out the Cub Cadet commercial range as well as the amazing Spider radio controlled slope mowers! All the dealers got a chance to test out the machines as well as learning valuable information about the products.
We hope everyone had a great time!
26 June 2019
Steelfort are proud to put their support behind the Manawatu Turbos for the 2019 season.
The LawnMaster logo will feature on the left collar of the jersey.
Make sure to get out and support the boys this season. Memberships are on sale now!
19 June 2019
Kymco NZ has this unbeatable Field Days deal on now at our dealers nationwide!! Hurry though, this great offer ends 31st June 2019
❗️HALF PRICE farm bar kit
❗️FREE roof, windscreen & wiper kit
12 June 2019
All season protection for your ride-on mower!!
- Heavy duty water resistant cover protects your mower
- Elastic cord on the bottom to keep cover in place
Get yours today from your local Prime Parts stockist
29 May 2019
Available now exclusively at your local PlaceMakers store
Get in quick to receive your BONUS FREE BACKPACK (while stocks last)
The kit includes:
- 1x Impact driver
- 1x Impact drill
- 1x Circular saw
- 1x Sonicrafter
- 1x Angle grinder
- 1x Fast charger
- 2x 4.0Ah battery
- 1x FREE Blower & carry bag
8 May 2019
We were lucky enough to get out the office yesterday and be on location for our Kymco photo shoot with MAD Media in the beautiful Manawatu.
Keep your eyes peeled for some stunning new photography of the NEW Kymco side by side and scooters coming soon!
1 May 2019
The NEW Kymco Downtown 350i is the efficient and superior choice of scooter.
The efficient four-stroke engine delivers responsive power and the advanced electronic fuel injection is mapped to deliver an even low down power while maintaining consistent fuel economy.
Click below to read more, then contact your nearest Kymco scooter dealer today!!
24 April 2019
New to the LawnMaster Lithium range - the all NEW 58V Lithium Skins & Attachments.
If you have an existing LawnMaster Lithium product the skins are the perfect add on. Simply swap the battery over and away you go!
The attachments turn the 58V Brush Cutter into a pole saw, hedge trimmer or edger.
Easily transform one tool into four!
Taking care of your backyard has never been this easy. The LawnMaster Lithium range is efficient, quiet and has a great range of equipment to tackle any task.
10 April 2019
The latest new product to join the ever growing range of Prime Parts products are these Work & Garden Gloves.
These all round gloves are nylon / spandex with a nitrile palm. The textured finish provides exceptional grip and a seamless knitted liner provides exceptional comfort while having excellent touch sensitivity. The perfect pair of gloves for all your work and gardening needs.
Sizes available: small, medium and large
3 April 2019
Keep your Cub Cadet cozy this winter with the NEW ride-on mower covers
Great for keeping dust, dirt and the cold off your machine
Available at your local Cub Cadet dealer now!
27 March 2019
The first of many new Kymco 700i Enduro side by sides at Steelfort last week.
The new model to the Kymco NZ line up are being distributed to our Kymco dealers so make sure you call into your local dealer and have a look at this new model!
20 March 2019
A big thanks to all those who came and saw us at Central Districts Field Days 2019
The team worked super hard to create this amazing site and we couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out. It looked fantastic!! Well done team Steelfort!!!
13 March 2019
Are you going to Central Districts Field Days 2019??
If you are make sure you come and see the Steelfort team at site #N15 & 16 for your chance to win a new LawnMaster Pressure Cleaner! There are 3 chances to win with one winner drawn each day!
14, 15, 16 March 2019
Manfield Park, Feilding
See you there
6 March 2019
The latest addition to the LawnMaster lineup are the new Pressure Cleaners
There are three models to choose from, each offering a different level of power for different needs. From cleaning furniture and cars right through to driveways and houses!
1 March 2019
Steelfort are pleased to announce that from 1st March 2019 you can now purchase LawnMaster and Cub Cadet with your Farmlands card!!
To celebrate the launch there will be some fantastic deals on offer for the month of March.
Head into your local Farmlands store or participating Steelfort dealer to take advantage of the great savings on offer!
20 February 2019
Steelfort presents the all new LawnMaster Limited Edition STEALTH
The limited edition Stealth will be available to purchase through your local LawnMaster dealer soon
The Stealth features a Briggs & Stratton 725EXI ReadyStart engine, 460mm cut width, and a non-rust cast alloy chassis. Even better it's made right here in New Zealand and comes with a 5 year warranty!
13 February 2019
The NEW LawnMaster Lithium FUSION mower
The new addition to the Lithium line-up is the one you've been waiting for!
The power and convenience of the 58V Lithium battery combines with the durable cast alloy chassis made right here in New Zealand
6 February 2019
A new Spider mower is being used by Citycare Dunedin to help mow a number of steep steep banks in the city.
The Spider mower is remote controlled and is a safe way to access grass patches too steep for a traditional ride-on.
You can find out more about Spider mowers by calling us on 06 350 1350
30 January 2019
Great to see this Cub Cadet ProZ 154S being put to good use helping to maintain such a beautiful property!
The ProZ is an innovative Zero-Turn with traditional steering wheel allowing the driver to have the maneuverability of a conventional Zero-Turn but with full control of the front wheels.
16 January 2019
Happy New Year from team Steelfort!
We hope everyone has had a joyful and relaxing summer break
We are now back in the office and back to normal hours
If you need to contact us please phone 06 350 1350 Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm
19 December 2018
On behalf of the team at Steelfort we would like to thank you for your support throughout 2018 and we wish you and your family a very happy Christmas
Steelfort will be closed from 20th December until 14th January 2019
Customer Services will be available throughout this time excluding Public Holidays
Please contact Customer Services on 06 350 1350
Stay safe and have a happy festive season!
12 December 2018
The first of their kind rolling of the line... Introducing the all new 58V LawnMaster Lithium Fusion with NZ Made Alloy chassis.
Coming soon to a LawnMaster dealer near you!
5 December 2018
We recently ran this giveaway in conjunction with our friends over at The Country radio station and a big Congratulations go to Liz Chittock who was the lucky winner of this Cub Cadet LX42!!
We hope you enjoy your new Cub!
21 November 2018
A picture of the Pink LawnMaster that we auctioned off in October going to it's new home. We were able to raise $980.00 for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ!
The winning bid was placed by Jo (pictured), a wonderful woman who has bought the mower for her mum who has battled cancer and a stroke and at 82 still insists on and enjoys mowing her lawn. She also drives a Pink Toyota Yaris and is very proud to be a survivor.
We are so so happy that Pinky is going to such a deserving and inspirational woman! We hope you love Pinky as much as we do!
A big thanks also goes to Phil at The Mower Shop Pukekohe who very kindly assembled and got Pinky ready for the new owners.
14 November 2018
The Stihl Shop in Matamata is now open!!!
Located at 91 Firth Street, Matamata
Open Mon-Fri 8-5 & Sat 9-12
Make sure to call in and see the friendly team and check out the range of Cub Cadet and LawnMaster products
7 November 2018
The Supercars ITM Auckland Supersprint event at Pukekohe was held over the weekend 2-4 November 2018.
Brad Jones Racing (BJR) usually carry the “Rover” logo for MTD on car number 14 driven by Tim Slade however for this, the penultimate and only round in New Zealand, they opted for “Cub Cadet” exposure.
“Cub Cadet” was very boldly displayed on both rear guards as well as on both sides of the driver’s seat.
As part of Steelfort’s distribution arrangement, we were fortunate to have a private tour of the pit garage lead by the owners son McCauley Jones – a race driver in his own right in the second tier. He was the co-driver for Nick Percat at the recent Bathurst round.
31 October 2018
This Saturday, 3rd November 2018, the Steelfort team will be down at Mitre 10 Mega Palmerston North from 8-3 with a truck load of savings!
If you're in the area make sure to come down and grab yourself a bargain, hurry though, strictly limited stock!!!
17 October 2018
This October Steelfort are raising money for Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand by auctioning off this one-of-a-kind PINK LawnMaster lawn mower.
The auction runs for the month of October, ending on 31st at 3pm. Please bid generously so we can help BCFNZ continue to do amazing work!!
10 October 2018
*Competition has now closed*
We've teamed up with The Country to give you the chance to win New Zealand's leading Ride On mower - the Cub Cadet LX 42 - valued at over $5000!
All you have to do is follow the link below and enter your details..easy!! Good Luck!
26 September 2018
A great day for the Greymouth Mitre 10 Mega demonstration day!
19 September 2018
Team Steelfort had a great day out on Saturday at the Rangitikei Farmstay competing in the annual 'The Mudder' event. There was plenty of mud and all for a great cause!
12 September 2018
A new Kymco 700 LE EPS on it's way up to the King Country to be put to good use on the Taumatamoana Station.
29 August 2018
The Steelfort marketing team had a fun day outside the office getting some new photographs of our LawnMaster mowers with some help from Kevin Bills Photography last week.
Little Maxxy followed us around all day and we couldn't resist snapping a pic of her too!
22 August 2018
We're sharing the love this Father's Day by giving one lucky Dad a brand new WORX Slide Driver! For your chance to win head over to our FaceBook to enter. Simply like our FB page, tag a deserving dad and share the post. It's that simple to go in the draw to win!
Open to New Zealand residents only. Winner drawn at 10am 30th August 2018. Good Luck
15 August 2018
How great does our new reception wall look? With a little help from Gary Dyer Painter & Decorators and Freedom Print & Design our Palmerston North Head Office reception area was given a fresh new look. We think it looks fantastic!
8 August 2018
Our visitor from the Kymco head office in Taiwan 'getting dirty' out on a rural Manawatu farm last week with some local farmers!
It was a great opportunity to experience how the Kymco range performs in New Zealand conditions. We hope you enjoyed yourself!!
1 August 2018
New belts, blades and other essential items. The Prime Parts product range is growing!
To view the new products go to 'Our Brands' then click 'Prime Parts'
25 July 2018
Just delivered! A pair of stainless steel Geothermal Steam Condensers from our talented design and manufacturing team.
This all stainless steel Fin Fan unit will be used to condense geothermal steam into hot water. A stainless steel mesh screen is fitted to the face of the steam condensing coil face to protect from airborne debris. The steam coil is constructed of stainless steel with aluminium fins. Another great product from our talented design and engineering team at Steelfort!
18 July 2018
An old pic we found lying around...LawnMaster mowers fresh off the production line. How cool is it that we can look back on our history like this!
11 July 2018
Another “Steelfort Classic”. A polished Island Bench with slimline top incorporating a seating area on one end and welded in modern, twin square edged bowls.
4 July 2018
This is another custom built masterpiece and is a credit to our talented design engineers and skilful tradesmen.
At over 6 meters long and less than 1 meter wide, the double stacking provides a small foot print to save valuable factory floor space. Manufactured in house from T304, T316 and exotic Duplex SAF2205 stainless steel, this steam heated, insulated, twin barrel, concentrate heater is destined for the New Zealand dairy industry. To gain complete code compliance with AS1210 the finished unit was pressure tested to 633bar (9,300 psi) as its operating pressure will be at 375bar (5,500 psi).
The general concept is similar to a shell and tube heat exchanger but fabricated to strict hygiene requirements with all mechanical parameters confirmed by Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and conformation to the latest seismic criteria. The removable end caps allow access to the shell's internal surface and both the internal and external surfaces of the multiple heat exchange tubes.
20 June 2018
The Prime Parts brand has oil and trimmer line to suit all makes and models of outdoor power equipment.
Our website is constantly getting updated with new products as they arrive so make sure you keep checking back for new stock!
13 June 2018
On Sunday we were joined by Jamie McKay from The Country radio show to test out one of our Kymco ATVs. One of our reps Gareth talked to Jamie about the ATV before they took them out for a test run - a great day!
6 June 2018
Check out these great deals for Fieldays!
Free Roof, Free Windscreen, Free Wiper Kit, with any ATV purchased.
Hurry though, only for the month of June 2018!
30 May 2018
The team at Steelfort were saddened last week to read a Stuff news article about what happened to Philip Lewis when thieves stole his tow trailer which he tows behind his wheelchair and uses to feed his cows on his farm.
We quickly decided we needed to do something about this and sent him a brand new Cub Cadet trailer so that he can get back out there and feed his cows! We wish Philip all the best with his future endeavours and hope that nothing like this ever happens to him again!
23 May 2018
On a visit to Central Mower Services Ltd in Palmerston North we spotted this happy customer with his much loved LawnMaster lawn mower in for a regular service. He purchased the machine second hand about a year ago and the machine still runs like new!
These beauties clearly stand the test of time!
9 May 2018
Mother's Day is fast approaching and here at Steelfort we have some great gift ideas for that Mum who deserves something truely special. We are posting a new gift idea every day up until Sunday over on our Facebook page so make sure you head over and check them out, and while you are there make sure to give the page a 'like' if you haven't already to stay up to date with what Steelfort are up to.
2 May 2018
Here is a photo from the KYMCO photoshoot we had for the quad bikes and ATVs in Napier a few months ago. How great does the product look against this picturesque backdrop!
The KYMCO range are built tough to handle all that you throw at them. Make sure to head into your nearest dealer and check them out today.
24 April 2018
We came across this image of an old Steelfort trade stall while searching through some Manawatu heritage photos. Things sure have changed over the years, but the LawnMaster brand proudly remains New Zealand made!
If you have any images of your old LawnMaster mowers we would love to see them! Email them through to firstname.lastname@example.org
18 April 2018
The team at Steelfort would like to say a huge congratulations to Kurt Baker on his gold medal win for the NZ Men's Sevens team at the Commonwealth Games.
You may have seen Kurt on our Lawnmaster Lithium promo material. We are very proud to have a local Palmy hero supporting our products!
From all the team here at Steelfort, CONGRATS!!!
11 April 2018
PlaceMakers Pakuranga are very happy to have these new products in-store.
WORX power tools are perfect for those into serious DIY, with a full range of drills, saws and sanders to help get the job done. Make sure to head in and see the friendly team and check out the products!
20 March 2018
Check out our latest Tried & True Mailer for March- April 2018. Head down to your local dealer for incredible savings.
14 March 2018
Steelfort is setting up for the CDFD which is Thursday the 15th of March until Saturday the 17th of March. We have plenty of our product range on display, so come in and check us out!
7 March 2018
Steelfort is proud to launch the Worx range into PlaceMakers. Head into your nearest PlaceMakers for some great introductory offers!
27 February 2018
Check out the Behind the Footage of our latest Videography!
18 February 2018
The team are up in Napier for the next day taking exciting new imagery for Cub Cadet & KYMCO. Fingers crossed the rain stays away!
8 February 2018
Brand new Miele Vacuums discounted due to damaged boxes. All vacuums come with a full Miele warranty. Courier is an additional $10 with prices starting at $350. There is limited stock. Contact the Miele Outlet on (09)573 1456, email@example.com or alternatively visit us instore at Unit L, 10-20 Sylvia Park Road, Mt Wellington in Auckland.
20 December 2017
On behalf of the team at Steelfort we would like to thank you for your support throughout 2017 and we wish you and your family a very happy Christmas.
Steelfort will be closed from 21st December until 15 January 2018
Customer Services will be available throughout this time excluding Public Holidays
Please contact Customer Services on….
13 December 2017
Introducing the new Cub Cadet LX42 XT2 EFI! The only Lawn Tractor with the benefits of Cub Cadets 679cc Fuel Injected Engine. Made in America since 1961.
7 December 2017
LawnMaster Lithium was at the NZ Flower & Garden Show last weekend. It was a great success and the LawnMaster team had a lot of fun introducing you all to our new product range!
22 November 2017
LawnMaster Lithium will be featuring at the New Zealand Flower & Garden show next week from the 29th of November until the 3rd of December from 10am-6pm daily! uckland will play host to the first North Island based international flower and garden show since the Ellerslie International Flower Show was moved to Christchurch in 2008.
The New Zealand Flower and Garden Show will be a celebration of modern horticulture and design and will provide visitors of all ages an array of things to do and see.
15 November 2017
LawnMaster has recently added to the popular Eco Chore Range. We have introduced a logsplitter to suit any lifestyle including a 22T, 37T and 40T ram pressure. The 22T Log Splitter is a fantastic investment and can save money in the long term, you will no longer need to hire this machinery. The log splitter can operate either horizontally or vertically depending on the wood that you are splitting. It also has a tow bar which makes it handy to maneuver around your property.
Prepare yourself for Winter, this summer and give yourself a headstart! Learn more on our website.
8 November 2017
The all new LawnMaster Lithium 58V Chainsaw has the power to compete with any petrol tool. Easy to start, low vibrations and long life battery are only a few of the benefits you will see from switching to Lithium. See more about the product specifications via our website.
31 October 2017
Louis Sewell sent through an image of his LawnMaster mower after it had finished perfecting his New Zealand lawn. We love hearing from our customers, especially through Social Media. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook @lawnmasternz and Instagram #lawnmaster
24 October 2017
The Mitre 10 Truck Sale was a huge success this Labour Weekend! Special thanks to the Manawatu Turbos for helping us move the stock from the truck to the customer! More FM for keeping a lively, fun atmosphere. St James school for keeping us well fed with the Sausage Sizzle. And our hosts, Stewarts Mitre 10 Mega Palmerston North for providing support on the day!
16 October 2017
Literally a Truck Load of Savings! Come down to Mitre 10 Mega Palmerston North on the 21st of October, between 8am to 3pm during Labour Day Weekend. There you will find the #LawnMaster Team parked outside with a literal truck load of savings on Lawnmowers, Power Garden Tools, giveaways, discounts and more
9 October 2017
The LawnMaster Log Splitters have landed! Search where to buy for your nearest dealer. As well as all the product specifications via the link.
4 October 2017
The LawnMaster product range is about to introduce some exciting new additions! Keep an eye out for new arrivals!
27 September 2017
Steelfort is introducing some exciting new arrivals into their LawnMaster Product Range. Keep an eye out for further information on the new comers!
26 September 2017
Here is an aerial view of the Steelfort Distribution Centre and Head Office as of 2017. Kevin Bills Photography took these images for the foyer, to sit alongside the original images of Steelfort in circa. 1950. It is incredible to see the development in the Cloverlea area, as well as how Steelfort has changed in the past 50+ years.
24 July 2017
Getting around the Nelson Waimea Gun Club’s range in Golden Downs just got easier for its members. In an arrangement between Waimea Weekly and Stihl Shop Richmond, a new 4x4 Kymco side-by-side vehicle was presented to the club. President Merv Randle was over the moon about the offer and says, with a series of high profile shoots coming up including the South Island champs, the vehicle will be invaluable. “We will use it to take the trap machines around the course on the days of the shoot,” Merv says. “It will be ideal for transferring judges and officials around each different discipline. “In the past, we have had to beg or borrow and, while the members have always been very generous, it’s nice to now have a machine of our own”. Stihl Shop Richmond’s Jason Ahnfeldt says the new four-wheelers are designed for heavy duty farm work and are a welcome addition to the range on offer at the shop in Gladstone Rd. He says they have a strong construction and extra safety features that are playing a big part on farms now. Publisher of the Waimea Weekly, Steve Page, says the arrangement shows a new direction in sponsorship by the paper. “We have considerable pressure on the paper all the time and are very aware of what a big difference we make to sporting sponsorships,” Steve says. “This is a little different, sure, but we have a good relationship with the gun club and are looking forward to it growing in popularity in the coming years. “For this to happen, it needs the support of locals. The club has always\ been a special place and the lessons it teaches in sport and firearm safety are immeasurable, and we are very happy to be part of that.” The club has an open coaching day for anyone interested in clay pigeon shooting at its range at 806 Valley Rd in Golden Downs this Sunday starting at 9.30am. All welcome.
9 May 2016
We are very pleased to advise you all that Steelfort has been appointed the exclusive New Zealand distributor for Kymco Products, with immediate effect.
Kymco is an International company based in Taiwan synonymous with quality, established in 1963. Kymco is the world’s largest manufacturer of Quad bikes, Motor Cycles & Scooters.
20 April 2015
Steelfort are very excited to be appointed by Miele to become the B Stock Miele appliance retailer.
We are thrilled to open our showroom doors to the general public today. We are located at Unit L, 10-20 Sylvia Park Road, Mt Wellington, Auckland, 1060, NZ.
We are selling Miele Kitchen appliances that are ex-display stock. Our product range will include all Miele appliances. Come along and have a look!
12 January 2015
Tom receives a presentation from John McOviney, Steelfort's very own Managing Director and son of the founder of Steelfort.
Well done Tom for all you loyalty, knowledge, professionalism and friendliness over the years.
This is Tom's story
Tom Signal started work at Steelfort in the spare parts department during December 1969 straight from leaving school. Over the years Tom has seen the Company grow from working with the original owner Frank McOviney alongside a small group of employees and manufacturing two lines of products (LawnMaster and Stainless Steel) to what it has become now. Over 100 employees who are developing, manufacturing and supporting multiple product ranges.
Tom has fond memories of playing soccer out the back of the factory canteen on hot sunny days and going with Frank to collect shells from the beach for the peacocks on the farm.
During the last 45 years, Tom feels that Steelfort is a great Company to work for. The employees throughout the years have been amazing; we work hard and have a few laughs each day. “I especially enjoy working with our customers and building good strong relationships throughout the years”.
Well done Tom, we all feel very privileged to work alongside you!!
9 December 2014
I have had the great pleasure of having a chat with James the winner of our competition. James lives in the Auckland area and is a gardener by trade. Here’s what he had to say about the products he won!
How did you feel about winning? “I was over the moon about winning these products”
Have you used the products? “I have used most of them.”
What are the benefits of the products to you? “The benefits to me are I can expand my gardening business and do more than I was before”.
What are your favourite products? “The battery Worx drill which I think is so amazing and a real treasure. I also enjoy using the ride on mower, chipper shredder, lawnmower and chainsaw. These have been used many times now and are proving to be extremely popular with my customers and me.”
It was lovely hearing about how useful all the products have been to James and knowing that they are being put to good use, not only for James but, also for his customers!!
1 December 2014
We at Steelfort believe in helping future Engineers in developing their skills and knowledge by supporting them to complete their practicum's during summer break.. We had the pleasure of having a student here during this summer, here is his story:
What are you studying?
Computer and Electronic Engineering.
What made you think of Steelfort as a placement?
It is a good place to get work experience. There are lots of elements of engineering in Steelfort.
Was it difficult to get a placement?
Yes, I was very lucky. Some of my classmates found it very difficult.
How long have you been here?
What are the benefits of having a practicum?
It helps the degree to be more rounded. You can apply your knowledge in real life situations.
Have you enjoyed your time at Steelfort?
Yes, it has been very worthwhile.
And we at Steelfort believe that our future engineers should get the experience and exposure to their desired industry. With a chance to utilise their theoretical skills in a practical workplace.
23 October 2014
We at Steelfort felt that the best way to show our support for our very own Manawatu Turbos was to go green at work on Friday. We are very privileged and honoured to be a Manawatu Turbos Sponsor. We were absolutely delighted when the Turbos won the Championship Final Full Time: Manawatu 32 Hawkes Bay 24! Well done, Go Turbos Go!
19 August 2014
Rona McOviney, the wife of the founder of Steelfort, Frank McOviney, died on the 19th August 2014 48 hours prior to her 95th Birthday.
Rona, mother of the current Managing Director John McOviney, was regarded as the matriarch of the "Steelfort" family.
Rona will be remembered as a truly gracious lady and will be sadly missed by her family and many of the long standing Steelfort staff.
12 February 2014
Hawkes Bay professional Doug Holloway became the most successful player in the history of The Charles Tour when he won the LawnMaster Classic by two strokes in perfect conditions in Palmerston North today. The 30-year-old, who secured his fifth title to jump one win clear of New Zealand No.1 Michael Hendry, carded rounds of 67, 68, 71 and 71 for an 11-under par total at the Manawatu Golf Club for an impressive wire-to-wire win. Holloway finished two clear of Masterton professional Harry Bateman (69) with Southland No.1 Vaughan McCall (73), who claimed the leading amateur title, and a further shot back in a share of third place alongside South Korean professional Dongwoo Kang (71). His back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 proved the difference in the end as he held on for a long awaited fifth win.
“It is pretty cool,” said the likeable professional, who had his wife Rebecca on his bag today. “I made hard work of it today at times but it is a huge thrill to win again on The Charles Tour.”
It was Holloway’s first win on The Charles Tour in six years – a long time ago since he won three Wairakei Open titles in succession (from 2006 – 2008). Holloway, who won the Taranaki Open in 2005 as an amateur, was a proud to get it done over 72 holes. “I had forgotten how hard it is to win over four rounds,” he joked. “It was a tough battle but I am really pleased that when I was put under pressure this week I responded. “It is pretty neat to get over the line again. It has been six long years since I won one of these so it’s nice to know my game is moving in the right direction again. Hopefully I can move forward from here.” He said his birdies midway through the back nine had him believing that he had one hand on the trophy. “I hadn’t birdied 14 all week so it was really nice to get one there. We went from being right next to each [on the scoreboard] to me opening up a bit of a buffer. They were important moments.” Holloway spent the offseason working on his parent’s sheep and cattle farm which he said totally refreshed his mind and got him ready to compete again. It showed this week as he handled the pressure of holding the lead for all 72 holes like a season pro. There are a number of moments that Holloway – who got back to his ball-striking best – will reflect on as key to his long-awaited win. His 67 and 68 in the strong winds of the opening two rounds were superb and four shots better than the rest of the field. He dropped back to a share of the lead when he started poorly in the third round but he rallied coming down the stretch to birdie the final two holes to ensure that he was the player to beat on Sunday. It was a similar story this morning as the leader played the opening five holes in two-over par. But he responded in kind when he made back-to-back birdies on six and seven to restore his advantage. From there Holloway was rock-solid. He made seven straight pars before he made a clutch birdie on the 14th to jump to 11-under par and earn a three shot lead. The gap seemed too wide for the challengers as holes were running out to chase him down. Bateman, one of New Zealand’s promising up-and-coming pros, made things interesting when he made three birdies on 13, 14 and 15 to get to nine-under par. “I had a really good run there and I thought I was going to give him a pretty good chase down the last few holes,” said the 23-year-old pro. “I wanted to finish birdie-birdie to put the pressure on but he played pretty solid and deserved his win.” In the group behind Holloway was equal to the challenge and also match clutch birdies on the two par fives in the defining stretch of the final 18 holes. “Harry is a quality player and there were a lot of good guys around me so to go wire-to-wire against them is really satisfying. “In this sort of form I am looking forward to heading down to Queenstown to play the New Zealand Open. It should be good fun.” The NZ Open is a tournament that all Kiwis are looking forward to. But first a time to reflect and the 2014 LawnMaster Classic will be remembered for being the time when Holloway made history at Hokowhitu.
3 December 2013
A big yellow spider will soon be spotted crawling along the grass next to Auckland's motorways. The 335kg 'Spider Mower' has been imported from the Czech Republic.
In a New Zealand first, the remote controlled lawn mower will be used to keep the 173 hectares of grass along the region's motorway network neat and tidy. It's operated by a remote control by a person up to 50m away. Auckland Motorway Alliance director Tony Fisher says it can complete two days of mowing in five hours - but stresses it won't be putting anyone out of a job.
"The amount of growth that we've had in the network, Hobsonville Motorway for example added another 60 hectares of grass to be mowed. "So it'll just help us to keep up with the growth of the network."
Mr Fisher says the mower is the perfect answer to a potentially risky and time consuming job. "We're going to use it on steep terrain where we can't get to safely with our employees."