Ready to roll in Bluff

Participants take park in a cheese roll event.

BLUFF will become the Cheese Roll capital of New Zealand on Sunday, when the Southland New Zealand Red Cross branch holds the inaugural Southland Cheese Roll
down Bluff’s Lee St.

Anyone could enter and all participants had to do was come up with a contraption, either one they had built or a ready-made one, such as a skateboard, roller skate or similar, which could carry a cube of cheese (2cm3 — this would be supplied by the Red Cross).

New Zealand Red Cross Southland humanitarian development engagement manager Callum Clark said, “Whenever we tell anyone about the event, they usually firstly think we are selling cheese rolls.

‘‘We are racing contraptions carrying a small cube of cheese down Bluff Hill.

‘‘It’s a bit of fun for a good cause. The contraptions don’t have to be complicated — a skateboard would do — though they do need a name and we encourage decorating.

‘‘Half the challenge will be whether the devices can even make it all the way down the course, let alone win.

‘‘We’ve chosen a straight bit down Lee St, so they can give it a good  shot.’’

He hoped the event would also ‘‘help foster connections in the community which were so critical in times of emergency’’.

‘‘The money raised will go towards supporting vulnerable people in our communities.”

There were rules governing the contraption, including gravity being the only method allowed to propel it downhill.

Sections for individuals included Babybels — 12 and under, Mature — 13 and over, plus a section for groups, corporates and teams to be known as Platters.

Individual entries were $5, while the group/corporate entry was $50.

As there would be no registrations taken on the day, competitors had to register online.

All funds raised would go to support Red Cross and its work to help people affected by conflict, disaster and social isolation.

There would be more than $1400 of prizes donated by Shark Experience Bluff, Adventure Southland, Real Journeys, the Bluff Oyster and Food Festival and others.

To help keep everyone safe on the day, the road closure for the event had been sponsored by HW Richardson Group.

As some of the promotional material for the event says, take it (ch)easy, Mozza luck to you and have a gouda race.

Bluff Cheese Roll, Sunday, September 20, 11am-2pm, Lee St, Bluff. To register and for
competition rules, go to

  •  Lindsay Beer is the Bluff publicity and promotions officer

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