RNZAF Black Falcons to debut at Wings Over Wairarapa 2017
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Spring has Sprung

With the Spring weather comes Spring events and in this newsletter you have a chance to win tickets to the Wairarapa's premium wine and food event - Toast Martinborough, this Sunday 20th November. We've got confirmation that the RNZAF Black Falcons will debut at Wings; and more information about our excellent value 3 day pass.

But before we talk more about Wings lets take a moment to thank the Defence Force; helicopter businesses and other pilots; emergency personnel; farmers; builders and anyone else who has helped someone in need during a week of terrible weather and earthquakes. We've been fortunate in the Wairarapa and our beautiful region is reasonably untouched, but it breaks our hearts to see footage of other regions which haven't been so lucky. 

For only $90 per adult you can buy an exceptional value 3 day pass for Wings.

With your entry to all 3 days of Wings you'll also get a ticket to your preferred day of the RNZAF Air Tattoo and entry to the Masterton A & P Show on 18 February. It's fantastic value and a wonderful idea for Christmas.

There are some conditions and further information so please visit
Toast Martinborough - New Zealand’s premier wine, food and music festival, always marks the beginning of spring in the heart of the Wairarapa wine growing region, and this year the locals will be pulling out all the stops.

“Back in 1992 when Toast began, the newest tipple was Nouveau Rouge and Shortland Street had just come on our TV’s. The Bodyguard album was number one in the charts and asparagus rolls and seafood vol-au-vents were on the menu at Toast Martinborough. Twenty-five years later, it’s great to be able to look back and keep elements that make Toast Martinborough such a unique experience, but also step things up a level. It’s a very exciting year for us” says General Manager Anna Nielson.

“This year we’ll be bringing out the Silver Service and celebrating all that it means to be a mature, and well established event. It’s a rare milestone for a festival to reach. With the partnership and support of our award-winning vineyards, we have created a premium wine, food and music event with the unique opportunity to bring friends and family together in a safe, yet fun environment.”

There are limited tickets available via , 0800 TICKETEK and Ticketek outlets nationwide – . Visit the Toast Martinborough website or head to

We are giving you the opportunity to WIN two tickets to Toast Martinborough’s 25th Silver Anniversary this Sunday the 20th November. All you need to enter is email by Friday 18th November at 12pm with the name of Wing's new naming rights sponsor and the new dates of Wings Over Wairarapa 2017.

Please note tickets are not exchangeable for cash and the winner will be notified by 5pm on Friday 18th November.
The RNZAF Black Falcons

Wings 2017 will feature, the newly formed  Royal New Zealand Air Force Black Falcons, who've replaced the former RNZAF display team, the Red Checkers. The five T-6C Texan II aircraft, all piloted by experienced RNZAF pilot instructors, will thrill visitors with an aerobatic display over Hood Aerodrome.
Squadron Leader Brett Clayton says the Black Falcons are midway through their work up season and are now linking all of the individual pilot flying components into the display. “The aircraft are performing very well; the Texans have nice handling characteristics.  We’ve got to keep in mind that these are large aircraft, not the smaller CT4’s that the Red Checkers previously used, and there are things that the CT4’s could do that we can’t do with the Texans.”
About the T-6C Texan II:
Length: 10.16m (33ft.4in)
Wingspan: 10.19m (33ft.5in)
Propellers: 4 bladed Hartzell Propeller
Gross weight: 2.858kg (6,300lb)
Cruise speed: 515km/h (278kts)
Max speed: 586km/h (316kts)
Max range: 1,667km
Keen to volunteer at Wings? You can register online at volunteering-at-wings.

Interested in a corporate table? We have limited tables left on Sunday only. For more information email

Looking for a VIP experience. Book a gold pass. Details here.
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