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Written by: 31 October 2015 No Comment

The boys and I have been recently indulging our competitive sides with some spectator sport – now we could like good kiwis watch the rugger… though thats not about to happen as both of them want the All Blacks to lose and as such the Rugby World Cup has been fill of disappointments for them thus far. For the rugger mad… neither of them nor any of their friends give a fuck for the game nor World Cup. Now football or CS:Go on the other hand…

So in our not giving them a taste of Kiwi we settled for something a tad more fun and seemingly more global in nature and scope… the World Forklift League. Massive hat tip to Mick whose tweet alerted to be of the shows existence!

The show is pretty basic in its form – Five teams from around the country compete over 11 weeks, to decide who will be crowned the World Forklift League Champion for 2015. Set in Dunedin and whānau friendly, World Forklift League celebrates factory floor workers.

The show is both brilliant and terrible at the same time!

Veteran broadcaster Dale Husband emerges from behind a stack of multi-coloured pallets on a wharf in Port Chalmers. He wears a khaki sports jacket with the World Forklift League logo stitched on the left breast.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” he announces, breaking into a halfhearted boogie, “this is the forklift shuffle”.

This is so good. Maori TV’s World Forklift League (Thursdays, 8pm) feels like a throwback to the golden era of TV, when shows like Clash of the Codes and Tux Wonder Dogs were prime time staples.

Here, five professional drivers from stores and factories around New Zealand go head-to-head over four rounds every week, all competing to claim a trophy made out of a die-cast toy forklift. NZ Herald

To quote my favourite line from another standout this year (also from Maori TV – Find Me A Maori Bride)… too much bro too much!

Watch the World Forklift League on Maori TV or via youtube clips here


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