An­other claim to fame

The Northland Age - - Local News -

Kawakawa al­ready has its world-fa­mous Frieden­sre­ich Hun­dert­wasserde­signed toi­lets and its rail­way run­ning through the mid­dle of the town, but now it has a third claim to fame — the best mous­tache in the land, owned by 27-year-old Birinder Singh.

Birinder re­turned home after be­ing scru­ti­nised by pro­fes­sional bar­bers at the NZ Beard and Mous­tache com­pe­ti­tion, part of the Meat­stock Fes­ti­val in Auck­land, with a tro­phy, a medal, mous­tache groom­ing prod­ucts and a cash prize.

Orig­i­nally from the In­dian state of Pun­jab, he was there thanks to a Face­book mes­sage two weeks ear­lier from a friend in Auck­land, who told him he had what it would take to com­pete in the event.

“Win or lose never crosses my mind in any­thing I do.

“I de­cided to take part as I wanted some­one from my com­mu­nity to com­pete be­cause we of­ten lag be­hind when it comes to par­tic­i­pa­tion in pub­lic events,” he said.

“We from Pun­jab con­sider the tur­ban, beard and mous­tache the essence of our cul­ture and tra­di­tion.

“Nor­mally I don’t wear a tur­ban, but I went to this com­pe­ti­tion wear­ing one be­cause I can’t for­get my his­tory,” he said.

He had pre­pared his mous­tache and beard with a mix­ture of oil, sham­poo, con­di­tioner, balm and wax, and ob­vi­ously did a good job.

“Some par­tic­i­pants had a longer beard than me but my mous­tache was the long­est, al­though you didn’t nec­es­sar­ily have to have the long­est mous­tache to win. You get judged on its length, how you main­tain it, and its diet,” he said.


Birinder Singh, proud owner of New Zealand’s cham­pion mous­tache.

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