Rowland Smith is the 2018 Golden Shears shearing champion.

The Hastings shearer took out the open shearing title as well as the quality award, edging out David Buick of Pongaroa and world champion John Kirkpatrick.

Smith says it was an unforgettable experience.

“As always, Golden Shears is always a hard final. It's one of the hardest ones we ever shear and bag shop sheep. Honest, traditional Romney sheep, strong sheep and you can't ever let your guard down. It was an awesome night.”

Joel Henare took out the open wool handling final with a total score of 174.202.