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Torrens Triumphant!

Saturday 19 June 2010, 5:17PM
By NZ National Agricultural Fieldays


The New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays is proud to announce the Rural Bachelor of the Year, Nick Torrens. Nick battled it out over the four days of Fieldays against seven other blokes to win the esteemed Golden Gumboot. The lads competed in a variety of rurally derived heats testing their skills in; excavating, cooking, cutting horse, fencing and even dancing. Nick won the Hyundai heat and for that reason he says it was his favourite. Nick is humble about being the Rural Bachelor of the Year saying, “I am hugely honoured to think the judges would pick me.” The other Bachelor finalists also picked Nick to take out the competition.

Nick Torrens, from Te Aroha consistently performed throughout the various heats and charmed the judges with his good looks and compelling character. The Golden Gumboot was presented to Nick from the 2009 winner and guest judge, Michael Short. With the title came a large prize package, consisting of a trip for two to Rarotonga, a STIHL chainsaw package, a Swanndri package and a Skellerup voucher. Judges say Nick’s heart of gold, intelligence, hard-working quality and well-rounded personality were the determining factors in taking out the competition. Jacqui Cooper, Event Coordinator says, “Right from receiving Nick’s entry, during the selection process and throughout the competition Nick really epitomises what we look for in the Rural Bachelor of the Year.”

Another strong competitor, Simeon Ward, stole the hearts of the public and won the Cycletime People’s Choice Award. Simeon, a local Waikato boy, also took out the Runner Up of the competition. Third place went to the Napier’s Jacques Reinhardt.

The array of prizes for the Rural Bachelor champion is valued at $20,000, from the generous support of the following sponsors; Classic Hits, Swanndri, Skellerup, Stihl, Cook Island Tourism, Leisurerite Spas, Cycle Time, Hyundai, SKYCITY Hamilton and Trader Jacks.

For more information on the winners or about the competition, please contact the Event Coordinator, Jacqui Cooper on 07 843 4499 or email

New Zealand National Agricultural Fieldays was held 16 to 19 June, 2010 at Mystery Creek Events Centre, ten minutes south of Hamilton. Fieldays is proudly supported by strategic partners; The National Bank and the University of Waikato.