Farmers enjoy time off farm

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A loss to the Hurricanes by the Crusaders only momentarily subdued the spirits of 100 North Canterbury farmers out to enjoy a night of rugby and comradeship.
The drought shout, organised by Hawarden farmers Iain and Jac Wright and Nick Hamilton from the Hurunui Drought Response committee, saw farmers from Cheviot, Waiau and towns in between, climb aboard two buses and head for the big smoke.
Tickets were donated by the BNZ Crusaders. Chief executive officer Hamish Riach said the Crusaders enjoyed fantastic support from ‘‘this part of the Crusader’s catchment’’.
‘‘So the least we can do is give a little support back at a time when it is needed,’’ he said.
Iain Wright said it was pleasing that farmers came from all over North Canterbury.
‘‘It united everyone.’’
The rugby fans were hosted by Bishop Brothers Public House before and after the game, while Monteith’s Brewing Co provided the refreshments.
Nick Hamilton said Cash Manager Rural, Rural Livestock and Mainland Minerals also donated funds to make the trip possible.