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March 30–April 1 War­birds Over Wanaka

Clas­sic and mod­ern war­bird air­craft from around the world will con­verge on Wanaka this Easter to cel­e­brate the 30th an­niver­sary of the War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Airshow.

Mil­i­tary air­craft from the past 80 years — from the World War II Spit­fire to the mod­ern US Air Force su­per­sonic F-16 Fight­ing Fal­con jet demon­stra­tion team — are com­ing from Ja­pan and will be joined by a C-17 Globe­mas­ter III.

The Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) will be here in force, while the Royal Aus­tralian Air Force (RAAF) will have its new Spar­tan C12J in at­ten­dance, as well as Hawk jets, and the French are com­ing with the CASA (Con­struc­ciones Aeronáu­ti­cas SA).

As well as the Spit­fire, other World War II fight­ers set to at­tend in­clude the Bu­chon Me-109, P-40 Kit­ty­hawk, P51-D Mus­tang, and Yak 3, sup­ported by the Avro An­son, Catalina Fly­ing Boat, and other air­craft types.

On the ground, the War Horse re-en­ac­tors and one of the best line-ups of clas­sic Packard mo­tor cars, in­clud­ing a Packard orig­i­nally owned by Amer­i­can avi­a­trix Amelia Earhart, will dis­play.

Tick­ets are avail­able by call­ing 0800 224 224, or, for more in­for­ma­tion, visit war­birdsover­wanaka.com.

March 30–April 2 Ze­phyr North Is­land Con­ven­tion

This Easter, the Ze­phyr North Is­land Con­ven­tion is set to be held in Whangarei, this year hosted by the Auck­land Con­sul Ze­phyr Zo­diac Car Club. Host­ing du­ties are shared around the North Is­land Ze­phyr clubs, with the con­ven­tion re­turn­ing to Auck­land ev­ery four years. This year, at least 45 Ze­phyrs are ex­pected to at­tend, from Mk1 to MKIV mod­els. As al­ways, these things take some or­ga­niz­ing and are only made pos­si­ble with a ded­i­cated com­mit­tee and the gen­eros­ity of spon­sors.

The for­mat for this great oc­ca­sion is as fol­lows: par­tic­i­pants will check in at the Distinc­tion Ho­tel in down­town Whangarei on Fri­day, 30 March. This will be home for the week­end, with a bit of so­cial­iz­ing on the Fri­day night and a catchup with fel­low car own­ers from through­out the North Is­land.

On Satur­day morn­ing, the cars will as­sem­ble in the car park of the Whangarei cricket ground next to the Toll Sta­dium for a pub­lic show and shine’ which will run from 9.30am till 12.30pm. All pub­lic are most wel­come to this free event to rem­i­nisce and talk with car own­ers.

Af­ter the show, there will be a run to Mars­den Point, with a stop at the Port­house Bar for lunch and re­fresh­ments on the way. Satur­day evening, it’ll be back to the Distinc­tion for an evening meal. On Sun­day, there is set to be a small car-boot sale fol­lowed by a car run far­ther north — an­other good chance for the pub­lic to see the Ze­phyr fleet on the road — be­fore head­ing to Hiku­rangi and then re­turn­ing through to Tu­tukaka to the ma­rina for lunch. Most cars will be back in town early af­ter­noon, so spot­ting a Ze­phyr on the streets of Whangarei shouldn’t prove too dif­fi­cult. Sun­day night will see some more so­cial­iz­ing, with farewells for some of the early starters on the Mon­day morn­ing, hope­fully with lots of good mem­o­ries to go home with.

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