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The Kaimais is in the process of an ownership change.

A new farm manager has been appointed and negotiations for continued site access have begun.


The new farm manager has indicated that as of September 1st 2009 through to mid October ( or beyond ), the ENTIRE KAIMAI SITE will be closed to public access for lambing. This means no vehicular or pedestrian foot traffic will be allowed from September 1st until further notice.

How many Auckland PG pilots will fly 100km this season?


A number of years ago I listened to hang glider pilot Carl Driesen describe how by ‘joining the dots’ it may be possible to fly 100km in Auckland. Several years later a lot of us listened in awe of how he completed his flight from Muriwai to Mercer, just short of 100km. My thought at the time was there was no way an Auckland paraglider could do anything similar without committing time to a trip to Hawkes Bay or further afield.

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Cloudbase is now on Twitter


Twhat? you mak ask. According to the Twitter website "Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"

For our purposes we can use it to answer questions like-

  • Which site are you heading to?
  • What are the conditions like right now?
  • Where did you land?

The principle is pretty simple really - you send a short (140 character max) message to Twitter and anyone listening can receive it. We can use this to immediately communicate with other pilots. It will help us to find out where other pilots are heading, find the best conditions, organise retrieves, etc.

To get started read the instructions on the Twitter page under the About AHGPC menu. It only takes a few minutes to set up and it's free.

This service is currently only available to AHGPC club members. If you are logged in to Cloudbase and you do not see the Twitter block on the right hand side of the front page it is probably because you don't have Club Member role on Cloudbase. In this case please contact the web master and provide your name, NZHGPA PIN and Cloudbase username.

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The HG competition committee is calling for bids from clubs that wish to hold the 2010 NZ HG Championships. All bids should be forwarded to Matt Barlow either by email or phone, no later than 30 Jun 09. Bids should contain proposed dates of the champs, venue, and experience level of comp organising committee. North Island bids have priority over South Island bids as the champs were held in the SI last year.


Matt Barlow
HG Comp Committee
hm 03 324 3838
Cell 027 226 5053



The current HG comp committee consists of Andrew Bridger and Matt Barlow. Shane McKay has recently stood down as he has other HG duties ahead of him on the Exec Committee. Accordingly, anyone wishing to fill the 3rd place on the comp committee should make themselves known to Matt Barlow or Andrew Bridger.

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Mount Manganui end of season bash - POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

Wayne Roberts gave me an update today on the bash. As much as he would like to put it on, he does want it to be a flying event so regretfully it has been put off until probably next spring. All the sponsored prizes that have been collected will be put in safe keeping and the event will definitely happen as soon as.

So, you have all winter to perfect those costumes and make a flying fool of yourselves come the day!

 Watch this space.




the mount end of season bash

Hey all,

The BOP club is having a end of season bash!! "Mount Maunganui"

The plan is a Fancy dress fly in with spot landing there will be some prizes for best dressed and whom ever can dial up the spot!! Flying fancy dressFlying fancy dress cows will fly...cows will fly...

The day will end with bbq at the surfclub and a live band, so we can party into the night....

The cost is ten bucks per head to go towards venue and bar staff, BOP club is also fronting up some cash along with a couple of sponsers in order to keep

costs low.  All you have to do is bring some food for the bbq, book a camp site which is right next to the flying site and venue.. make a silly looking costume,

practice the landings and get ready to party!   

to find out more info or to rsvp call me on 0276436529 or thermalmonkee@hotmail.com

and bring your surfboards, kite gear, mountain bikes, speed wings etc...


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Easter at the Paeroas, UPDATE.

Keep praying to those weather gods because so far, it seems to be working. It looks like we have reasonable weather pattern that will allow us to fly SOMEWHERE this Easter holiday!
On that happy note I'd like to mention a number of things that will help everyone have a good time.
Camping: If you are camping at the Squash club grounds what I said before still applies but also:

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Easter at the Paeroas!! April 10 - 14th.

Yes, it is time once again for the annual pilgrimage to the Paeraos for another fabulous flying fest.


We will follow the same program as last year with a fun comp over the four days and a bbq on the Saturday night. BBQ is free for club members (BYO drinks) and $5.00 for non members. If you know any non members that want to join in ask them to see me by Friday night.

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Dills Pix - 22/3


Took a few pix whilst I was Para-waiting yesterday.

Dills Pix - 22/3Dills Pix - 22/3

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A dressing down at Duders

Flew at Duders today in a E, going SE wind. Met up with the ranger who advised me that Duders is being top-dressed in the next few weeks during week days and any pilots are advised to contact him to see if the topdressing plane will be active.


His contact details are : 021 676 300 - Paul Wilson.


Attached a couple of pix....and yes that is a low level plane flying directly underneath one of us soaring. He snapped a couple of pix through his cabin canopy as he went past !

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