Giant sausage gifted to Southland town

Celebrating the arrival of the sausage-on-a-fork monument for Tuatapere, a gift from ZM Radio, are, from left, Lisa ...
SHIRLEY WHYTE

Celebrating the arrival of the sausage-on-a-fork monument for Tuatapere, a gift from ZM Radio, are, from left, Lisa Challis from Tuatapere, ZM radio announcers Vaughan Smith and Carl Fletcher, and Aaron Challis with his daughter Ruby, 4, also from Tuatapere.

A rather large sausage was gifted to a Southland town on Friday.

Tuatapere, which claims to be the country's "sausage capital", was the winner of a ZM Radio contest that asked its listeners which small town should get a monument.

Announcer Carl Fletcher said the decision was made to head down to the deep south and unveil a "sausage-on-a-fork" to celebrate the famous famous Tuatapere Sausages.

"We all get to see a bit of New Zealand and give a bit of attention to small towns. We broadcast New Zealand-wide so it's good to give back to our listeners," he said.

The 3m-long sausage, made by Peter Taylor Signs in Auckland, travelled from Auckland and arrived in Tuatapere on Thursday evening.

Tuatapere lays claim to being New Zealand's sausage capital.
Nicole Johnstone

Tuatapere lays claim to being New Zealand's sausage capital.

During the live broadcast on Friday to unveil the giant sausage, more than 16kg of several flavours of sausages were cooked and given out free to the Tuatapere public.

A Tuatapere school came up with a competition to create a new sausage flavour and the town's supermarket created some of these flavours for people to try.

The chilli chocolate sausage proved to be a favourite.

"Everybody's been lovely and nice – it's been a true example of Southern hospitality," Fletcher said.

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