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EMER­GENCY LAND­ING

Two peo­ple have sus­tained mod­er­ate in­juries, af­ter a light plane was forced to make an emer­gency near the Hunua Dam on Tues­day. The two on board were a trainee and in­struc­tor in a train­ing flight gone wrong, a West­pac res­cue he­li­copter crew mem­ber said. ‘‘They were lucky to be alive.’’ The West­pac he­li­copter had to winch the pi­lot and pas­sen­ger out of the plane, which was re­port­edly sus­pended in trees. The pi­lot used a mo­bile phone to call nearby Ard­more Airport to re­port they had made the emer­gency land­ing, but were un­sure where ex­actly they were. Po­lice and other emer­gency ser­vices spent some time in the area search­ing, be­fore lo­cat­ing the plane and pi­lot and pas­sen­ger. Both the pi­lot and pas­sen­ger sus­tained mod­er­ate in­juries. The West­pac crew mem­ber said it had been dif­fi­cult to lo­cate the plane in the dense bush.

ANIKA MOA PER­FORMS

New Zealand mu­si­cian Anika Moa will wa­iata her way across Auck­land, with a stop in Waiuku, for the 2018 Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val in March. Thanks to the suc­cess of her 2017 Chop Chop Hiyaaa! tour – a show for kids based on her suc­cess­ful Songs for Bub­bas al­bums – the Auck­land Arts Fes­ti­val in­vited Moa to take the show to re­gional Auck­land. Chop Chop Hiyaaa! will visit Waiuku on March 24 at 4pm.

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