David Fagan

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Fagan (right) in 2016, at his investiture as a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, by the governor-general, Sir Jerry Mateparae

Sir David Alexander Fagan KNZM (born 1961) is a New Zealand sheep shearer, who has won the New Zealand Golden Shears contest a record 16 times.[1] From Te Kuiti, Fagan has set 10 world records, and won five world, six world team, and 16 national titles, making him New Zealand's most successful competition sheep shearer.[2][3]

In the 1999 Queen's Birthday Honours, Fagan was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to shearing.[4] He was promoted to Knight Companion of the same order, also for services to shearing, in the 2016 New Year Honours.[5]


  1. ^ Harper, Rebecca (9 March 2009). "Fagan cuts way to record 16th shearing title". Waikato Times. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  2. ^ Rattue, Chris (9 June 2007). "Star Profile: David Fagan". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 27 September 2011.
  3. ^ "NZ shearers bounce back in UK". nzherald.co.nz. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 1999 (including Niue)". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 7 June 1999. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  5. ^ "New Year honours list 2016". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 16 January 2018.