Jeff Young

It is with extreme sadness that we note the untimely passing of Jeff Young.

Jeff served as North Island Director for the NZRCA for many years and was current President of the Wairoa Rodeo Club.  He has worked tirelessly for Rodeo over New Zealand for many years and his passing will leave a huge gap that will not be filled.

Sharron and family - our thoughts and love are with you at this time.

The service will be held 11am Thursday 9th February at the Wairoa A&P Grounds

From Sharron's Facebook Page

It is with great sadness our Totara has fallen my heart is broken our family is weeping with great sadness.

Sharron would love to read your tributes either mail them to and they can be placed here or post on Sharron's Facebook page.

Jeff has lead an amazing life and quietly did well in everything.

He was a representative Rugby player and also did very well in Gymnastics at school, including at rep level.

His significant contribution to Land Search and Rescue will be sorely missed across the country as his knowledge of his region and his ability in tough terrain was unsurpassed.

He was a life member of the A&P Society.

Jeff was a member of the Wairoa Rodeo Club since 1984 - over 32 years.  He was a driving force behind the club running the finals this year and the NFR will not be the same without him.

Jeff has been an arena director, timekeeper, stock handler and almost any other task that was needed on the day at every rodeo he attended.  Many clubs in the North Island would have been stretched to cope without him.

He was on the board of the NZRCA for 6 years as North Island Club director and provided a level head in some turbulent times.

It is with much sadness we note Jeff's passing and we will all miss this hard working cowboy.

There are many travelling the circuit in the South Island who will be unable to attend the service but Jeff is in our hearts and we are thinking of Sharron and whanau at this time.

Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne


We would like to acknowledge every one for the support, kind words and love you shared with us. It has been so humbling, the generosity, sympathy, koha, kai and strength that we received through one of the most painful times cannot be described. Saying farewell to a husband, father, poppa, brother, friend and a devoted community man has not been easy. Jeff’s memory will live on in us all as we think of a special moment, smell, place or an object. We are sure that many stories will be told over a few quiet drinks. Please raise your glass to a man of few words with a big heart that touch so many lives.

Kindest Regards Jeff’s family