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Inside the 6th Annual Auckland Cannabis Cup

“Damn, that shit is pretty unbeatable.” These were the words of a fellow entrant at the 6th annual Auckland Cannabis Cup, upon having a fat, sticky bud of Te Kakariki thrust under his nose, and a fat joint into his hand, writes CHRIS FOWLIE.

And this year, like the four previous years, he was right. Te Kakariki has won it’s 5th cup, topping the indoor competition 3 times and now the 2nd time in the outdoor category. Their mantlepiece must be groaning with trophies by now.

Anyone who has had the pleasure of coming across this Kiwi strain will know why: dense clusters of calyxes absolutely dripping with resin, a Rhino-like bouquet to die for, and a powerful knock-out high that will cut across even the heavy sedation that can come towards the tail end of a cannabis cup!

The competition this year was especially fierce, with twenty entries neatly lined up in display bowls along the central table. More than one hundred judges from near and far had patiently waited for the secret location to be announced. At seven they were told and it didn’t take long for the place to be packed and the judging to start.

The entries:

  • A: The Hog (Indoor, from FAB) an indica with huge calyxes and a thick sour aroma.
  • B: MacDaddy (I, The Contender) dense nugs with hints of melon and sage.
  • C: Blueberry Surprise (I, Reeceasaurus Rex), dripping with trichomes and a nice berry flavour.
  • D: Somango (I, Fruity Loops), sugar frosted with a melon smell.
  • E: Northern Lights (I, from Rehab) a classic NL cola: big, solid, resinous and stinky!
  • F: Devil’s Lettuce (I, WW) surprised many with it’s smooth flavour.
  • G: Purple Manic (I, Mike) these striking purple, green and orange nugs finished 3rd Place Indoor.
  • H: Psycho Killer (I, Talking Heads) the 30x loupé revealed copious amounts of shining resin glands.
  • I: Hillbilly (I, Hillbilly) lived up to the hype and came 1st Place Indoor. Huge, fat colas coated in resin, with a delicious flavour and potent high.
  • J: Rongoa (Outdoor, from Tuksta) a delicious flavour ensured this ‘medical’ strain came 3rd Place Outdoor.
  • K: Kurirua (O, King G) a tasty indica.
  • L: Waitakerhino (O, Westie) had that characteristic Rhino lemon-pine taste.
  • M: Stink Bitch (O, Naki) great name and a mean smoke.
  • N: Tyre (O, Dug) Finished last.
  • O: Te Kakariki (O, Maori Wowie) 1st Place Outdoor. Top quality in every aspect. Looks fantastic. Tight manicuring and proper curing. Delicious silky-smooth flavour, with an almost too-powerful narcotic stone.
  • P: Hydro Afghani (I, the Daktory) hard nugs with that old school taste.
  • Q: Coronaki Afi (O, Flying High) a huge purple-tinged cola, it finished in 2nd Place Outdoor this year.
  • R: Mad Cow (O, Mountain Guru) fat purple calyxes from the Naki
  • S: Sativaction (O, Kaitaia Fire) was a spicy organic pure sativa from the sunny far north.
  • T: The Rock (I, Te Rohe Potae) sticky trichome-laden tops with a nice uplifting high, came 2nd Place Indoor.

The Judging

Points were awarded for looks, smell, and smoke – the taste, smoke, and overall effect. Entries were divided into indoor and outdoor categories, with samples labelled only A, B, C, etc. Judges passed pre-rolled joints to and fro (unbleached organic Raw papers for the outdoor entries, and ultra-thin Smoking Deluxe papers for the indoor entries, identified by their entry letter written on
the filter).

Sometimes the calls of ‘got any I?’ or ‘here’s the G’ or ‘let’s smoke some P!’ got a bit confusing, but if judges needed more help to make up their minds entries could be sampled at the spotting booth
or using digital vaporisers.

The location itself was a visual work of art, with trippy lighting and plenty of nooks and crannies. The food was delicious and abundant, as you’d hope for a party full of people with the munchies

As well as top DJ’s such as the Submariner, Sandy Bay, Killa Fire Burn and MC Grassroots, there was a juggling show from Paul.y.Paul, and for the first time, a contest to find the Functioning Pothead of the Year!

The competition involved entrants answering questions like “spell marijuana backwards” (try doing that after sampling twenty strains!), speed rolling, speed toking, and performing the police field sobriety test. This had contestants nearly falling over backwards as they attempted to touch their nose while standing on one leg, or walking a straight line that they could barely see in the dim lighting. The inaugural medal was easily won by the Naki’s King Ganja, and deservedly so. The dude is a living embodiment of the cannabis culture and it was obvious he took his judging very seriously. When I asked if he wouldn’t mind helping out with the knives, his only condition was that he roll the spots too.

The Winners

This year’s beautiful trophies, as seen on these pages and on the cover, were made by New Jewellery on Lorne St. They are works of art and the winners certainly deserve them. With that
many entries being smoked, it’s not surprising that bouquet and appearance can dominate the judging. However in this case the two winners, Hillbilly and Te Kakariki, were clearly ahead of the field – impressive as it was.

It will be interesting to see what growers come up with next year. The challenge is now over to other budding entrants: will you be the one to finally beat Te Kakariki, if that is possible?

[Originally published in NORML News Winter 2009]

The 5th Annual Auckland Cannabis Cup

AUCKLAND’s CANNA cup moved to a new location this year – a surprisingly lush and completely hidden inner city oasis with a dancefloor, waterfalls, mirror balls, and ganja galore – located downwind from the cop shop.

One hundred carefully selected judges had their work cut out evaluating the 14 entries. Points were awarded for looks, smell, taste and effect. Many agreed the outdoor entries were particularly good this year. Not only was the defending 3x indoor champ Te Kakariki back as an outdoor (grown in a grey lynn backyard), there were eight other kick-ass strains, including the defending champ Coronaki Afi.

In a close battle Te Kakariki eventually came out the winner – taking home a cup 4 years in a row! And in a nice twist, the indoor cup was taken out by the boys from Te Rohe Potae, who had previously tried to win the outdoor cup. This year they submitted an indoor AK47 and went home the winner. Nice!

Official Results
2008 INDOOR CUP
1st: AK47 from Te Rohe Potae
2nd: Mother’s Finest by F.A.B.
3rd: Bang! by Liberty
2008 OUTDOOR CUP
1st: Te Kakariki by Maori Wowie
2nd: Turtle by Hempy boy
3rd: Mountain Rhino by Ganja Guru

(NORML News Spring 2008)

Police spray Island community

BY CHRIS FOWLIE

Auckland drug squad members sprayed toxic poison over the township of Trypheena on Great Barrier Island, as part of the so-called cannabis eradication programme.

What’s more, they did it from a dangerously-low height of around 100 feet, at least 900 feet below the Civil Aviation Authority rules.

It happened on Sunday 3 February, the last day of the summer holidays. Around 1000 locals and holiday makers were in the township, enjoying the sunshine or waiting for the last ferry back to Auckland.

A spotter plane and helicopter hired by the police arrived on the scene and began dumping sprays  of blue poison over people’s back yards, roadsides, near streams, over a caravan and over weeds of the legal variety (see photos). It seems no cannabis was sprayed.

Outraged residents convened a town meeting and unanimously condemned the operation.

The Great Barrier Community Board is laying a complaint with the Independent Police Conduct Authority, while a complaint is also being laid with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Growers forced indoors

A report by the US Justice Department says the cannabis eradication program has driven producers indoors.

The US Campaign Against Marijuana Planting (CAMP) is similar to the New Zealand police’s expensive, dangerous and largely ineffective annual eradication programme. Both use planes and helicopters to uproot or spray poison on crops, and co-opt gung-ho Army and Air Force personnel and expensive hardware to help them do it.

The report notes that one side effect of shifting indoors is that “groups will produce higher-potency marijuana year-round, allowing for exponential increase in profits derived.”

The report also notes that the eradication program had not reduced availability of cannabis, and said the US cannabis market is “saturated”.

(NORML News Autumn 2008)

Smoke on the Water: the 4th Annual Auckland Cannabis Cup

BY HARRY CORDING

Now in its fourth year, Smoke on the Water has become one of the highlights of the cannabis  calendar. A select group of cannabis connoisseurs set sail for a secret location somewhere in the Pacific Ocean, where they sampled the finest cannabis New Zealand’s growers could provide.

This year’s cannabis cup competition drew a record 17 entries – comprising 6 outdoor and 11 indoor strains. I arrived at the wharf half an hour before boarding time, keen to set sail and start the difficult, demanding task of judging the Cannabis Cup. Old hands from previous Cups were joined by a large and enthusiastic contingent of first timers.

Once we were on the high seas, the judges gathered around the display table to inspect the buds. Entries are judged on appearance, smell, taste, and effect. As well as the general look of the buds, judges examined them with a lens to view the THC crystals, which are too small to appreciate with the naked eye. Now is the time for a good sniff to judge the aroma before the final and most important test – the smoking.

Plenty of joints were rolled and the judges diligently set to their appointed task. The afternoon was sunny with a brisk sea breeze and a gentle swell rocked the boat.

The lower deck was spotting headquarters, featuring the Spong – the spotting bong designed and made for the occasion by Big T (whose buds have been pictured in past issues). After a good session down below, climbing the steep narrow stairs took on the aspects of an adventure.

Judging the effects of top quality cannabis is inevitably a highly subjective effort – especially after the tenth sample . However, Te Kakariki won the indoor trophy for the third year in a row. It’s a fine achievement and shows Kakariki is a true champion. Some think Te Kakariki should now be retired to give others a chance – although we’d like to hear some feedback on that first!

R’s Dutch Treat came second in the indoor section and Southside Smiler’s White Rhino was third.  Also highly placed was Durban from the Naki and Afi x White Widow from somewhere in South Auckland.

The winner of the outdoor cup was Coronaki Afi by Flying High from Coromandel. In second place was Magic, also by Flying High, and third was Afi X by Shaun from Huntly. Coromandel was well represented among the growers – ganja bless you and keep up the good work!

Special thanks to Josh, who made the beautiful glass trophies awarded to the winners and pictured on the cover. His original creations, which he brought with him from California, were confiscated by Customs who decided the cups must be P pipes. Glass supplies and facilities were hastily organised and Josh pulled off a superb effort to create a pair of replacement trophies just in time  for the contest. And that just goes to show, prohibition does not work.

The entries – and winners – with some judge’s comments:

INDOOR
A – Afghani by Rourkus. “good looking”
B – White Rhino by Southside Smilers 3RD PLACE! “clears the sinus!”
C – Mandarin by NH. “nice smell”
D – Northern Lights by PP. “great trim, wonderful cola”
E – Te Kakariki by Ms. 1ST PLACE! “wow… what else is there to say?”
F – Skunk1 by Eg. “almost there”
G – Te Tuki by Ms. “sweet tasting, good smell”
H – Hash Plant by Cell. “not dense but great cure”
I – Dutch Treat by R. 2ND PLACE! “gorgeous!”
O – Durban by Ruby. “quite nice”
P – Afi x W. Widow by B4L. “yummy”

OUTDOOR
J – Black Herer by Daf. “dark taste”
K – Coronaki Afi by Flying High. 1ST PLACE! “great maturity”
L – Peka Peka Bay Bud. “bush weed”
M – Taramandel Tacky by Flying High. “great – could be perfect”
N – Magic by Flying High 2ND PLACE! “nice old style”
Q – Afi X by Shaun 3RD PLACE! “great strain, good cure”

(NORML News Winter 2007)

Auckland Cannabis Cup ‘06

In late May the skies cleared long enough for one hundred cannabis connoisseurs and enthusiasts to board the Te Aroha for a boat cruise they would not forget – judging the third annual Auckland Cannabis Cup. 

With thirteen entries representing the finest indoor and outdoor cannabis in the land, it was always going to be a sought-after event. Those lucky enough to get on board were treated to delicious samples of fine marijuana anonymously named A or B or so on, dispersed in random order and marked with the all-important identifying letter on the filter end.

First came the close-up inspection with points awarded for appearance and smell. More points were awarded for flavour and overall burnability and most importantly, the effect. The Cups themselves were hand-blown by Josh in California before being smuggled into Aotearoa.

Judges who ventured downstairs to the spotting lounge usually needed help to get back out again and emerged dazed, confused … and ready for more. As the day turned to night it was hard keeping track of what had been smoked and what was still to come. It didn’t help that the boat kept turning in random circles to confuse us!

Still, everyone was there on a quest of discovery and set about their task with inspired dedication. There would be no stopping until every last scrap was tasted, sampled, sniffed, rolled and smoked!

Needless to say, there could have been a mutiny if it were not for the delectable munchies that kept
everyone satisfied and civilised.

Before the night was over we were treated to a “choice as” round of canna-comedy and songs from Auckland funny-man Gish, and plenty of dope music from DJs Sensei, Leo and Markee.

Returning to the wharf was like emerging from a strange dream. Did we really just spend 6 hours cruising up and down Waitemata Harbour in a smokefilled schooner? Yes, it appears we did. I can’t wait for next year!

2006 Auckland Cannabis Cup Results
Indoor
1. Te Kakariki (F)
2. Shiva Shanti (B)
3. Te Tuki (E)
4. Bubbleberry (D)
5. Soggy 1 (H)
6. Irie (C)
7. Satin-A (A)
8. Special K (G)
9. Soggy 2 (I)
Outdoor
1. Purple Pineapple (K)
2. KC Hemp (L)
3. White Rhino (M)
4. Oromaeroa (J)

(NORML News Winter/Spring 2006, by Anon.)