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Weather stops Masterton air show

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/02/2017

Organisers of one of New Zealand's largest air shows are "gutted" that persistent rain causing dangerous ground conditions has forced the cancellation of a full weekend of events.

After poor weather forced the cancellation of Saturday's Wings over Wairarapa event in Masterton, they had hoped to for improved conditions on Sunday.

The Saturday night show at Masterton's Hood Aerodrome had been moved to Sunday, with organisers hopeful the weather would improve enough for it to go ahead.

But more rain - totalling more than the average February amount over just a few days - meant the show couldn't go ahead at all.

Wings over Wairarapa chairman Bob Francis said the cancellation was devastating for his team, many who had been working on the event for nearly two years.

The packed schedule was due to include parachute drops, a UK autogyro display, GliderFX extreme acrobatics and AeroSPARX aerial ballet with smoke and music.

"We had a wonderful display organised and the site looked the best it had ever done," he said.

"We recognise that though we lost the show, the economic impact on the region has still been significant with accommodation, cafes, restaurants and retail outlets experiencing high turnover and big demand."

Event manager Jenny Glasson said pre-sale tickets for the three-day event were on par with the last festival, in 2015, which attracted more than 24,000 people.

Ticket holders will be able to apply fo a full refund.

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