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.