Topic: The Te Kuiti Elephant Derby, 1965

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The Te Kuiti Elephant Derby, Thursday, 13th May 1965.

Better known for their rugby playing expoits All Blacks Colin and Stan Meads were beaten by Maori All Black Brian Cressy in the Te Kuiti Elephant Derby on Thursday, 13th May 1965.

After a thundering race down Rora St, Stan Meads was in the lead until a firecracker thrown by a member of the crowd stopped his elephant and that of Brian Cressy in their tracks raising fears the elephants might stampede into the crowd of onlookers.

Colin Meads slipped into the lead, but it was Brian Cressy who took out the race receiving a trophy and a cold beer from Mayor Kenneth Low.

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