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Feel the joy of flying high

There are exciting aviation events happening this weekend, despite the recent postponement of Wings Over Wairarapa.

The Wairarapa Flying Tigers are offering the chance to pilot a Tiger Moth in an open cockpit aircraft.

The flights will keep the memory and love of vintage aviation alive while the flights also contribute to the running costs of Wairarapa Flying Tigers to maintain cash flow and carry out the society’s mission.

Experience the gift of flight in one of the much-loved Tiger Moth Joy Ride flights out of Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, Wairarapa.

    The team offer joy rides today, and tomorrow as a reserve weather day.

Day for the Bay

The Greytown business community will be fundraising for Hawke’s Bay today.

Country Village Heaven – made up of 60 businesses in Greytown – is fundraising in various ways, including three raffles worth a combined total of $10,000, the White Swan Hotel is donating proceeds from rose and red wine sales, and Saunders Shoes will contribute 25 per cent of its Saturday sales.

Organiser Adam Blackwell said the community is determined to donate after the floods.

“We didn’t want to just focus on Hawke’s Bay but, at the same time, they are our neighbours and we know they would help us if we were in a crisis.

“Pretty much everyone from Country Village Heaven is involved in some way.”

While some groups have donated goods like tinned food, Blackwell said financial donations are also important, noting “the official channels have been saying money is more important than anything else in the clean-up”.

    The raffles will be drawn on Monday. Tickets can be purchased from Greytown retailers with a Country Village Heaven sticker on their doors.

Plant identification course

Pukaha is hosting a native plant workshop this weekend to kickstart your skills in plant identification.

Learn how to identify a selection of local plant species using sight, smell, touch and taste.

The workshop from REAP Wairarapa will begin with learning the defining features of plant identification before heading out into the ngahere to learn about the names, history and importance of a selection of native plants, as well as how to identify them.

    Tomorrow, 10.30am at Pukaha Wildlife National Wildlife Centre.

Helen Holt
Helen Holt
Helen Holt is a reporter at the Wairarapa Times-Age and enjoys reporting on a variety of topics, regularly covering Wairarapa events, tourism, local businesses, and the occasional health story.

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