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Our Special Shapes

Bud E. Beaver (N-804BB)

GRAHAM, Colin    

Iwi the Kiwi (N-6566K)

WALCZAK, Rick        

RAC VAN (G-ORAC)

CHURCH, Graeme   

The Balloons

Oh Lar Lar (ZK-LAR)

CURSON, Scott              

Photography Geoff Walker

Whiskey (ZK-WHS)

SHAW, Murray              

Poppies (ZK-PPI)

MCJEE, Daryl        

Flagship (ZK-FAG)

KING, Dan

Photography Geoff Walker

Wildfire (ZK-PNG)

SNODGRASS, John

Photography - Mark Thompson

Swan2 (ZK-FAQ)

Wilton, Mark

Snakeskin (ZK-PJK)

KING, Peter CARTERTON NZ

Mogul (ZK-FBA)

WATSON, Howard

Photography - Geoff Walker

Bittersweet (N8295)

SALE, Ross

  Lollipop (ZK-LOP)     
  
 
  
    
  
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   Dryland, Gail

Lollipop (ZK-LOP)

Dryland, Gail

Fusion (ZK-FTC)

REDSHAW, Kelly

Remax (ZK-WON)

BRANSGROVE, Chris

Sunrise (ZK-RYZ)

Hickey, Pauline

Photography - Peter Lewis

Jellybean (ZK-FAI)

SCOTT, Craig

Blue Print (ZK-SEL)

HOLDERNESS, John

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The Pilots


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The Pilots


The Pilots

 BRANSGROVE, Chris – Hamilton, NZ  Chris has been flying hot air balloons, and has flown in most NZ Balloon events. Flown ib the USA and Fiji. Hot air ballooning is a great sport, and has enabled me to create life long friends.

BRANSGROVE, Chris – Hamilton, NZ

Chris has been flying hot air balloons, and has flown in most NZ Balloon events. Flown ib the USA and Fiji. Hot air ballooning is a great sport, and has enabled me to create life long friends.

 CHURCH, Graeme – United Kingdom  Graeme started flying aeroplanes in 1976 obtaining his UK PPLA before moving onto balloons in 1989 when he obtained  UK PPLB in 1990, CPLB in 1993 and NZ CPLB in 2009 while working for Aoraki Balloon Safaris, flying their Aerostar S81A. He currently has 2500 hours flying time including: Competition Flying, Cross Channel flights to France and Alpine flights in Austria, as well as operating his own passenger rides company in the UK  www.pendle-balloon-flights.com  and ABS in New Zealand

CHURCH, Graeme – United Kingdom

Graeme started flying aeroplanes in 1976 obtaining his UK PPLA before moving onto balloons in 1989 when he obtained  UK PPLB in 1990, CPLB in 1993 and NZ CPLB in 2009 while working for Aoraki Balloon Safaris, flying their Aerostar S81A. He currently has 2500 hours flying time including: Competition Flying, Cross Channel flights to France and Alpine flights in Austria, as well as operating his own passenger rides company in the UK www.pendle-balloon-flights.com and ABS in New Zealand

 CURSONS, Scott – Wellington, NZ  Scott is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie with kite surfing amongst his list of adventure hobbies. He’s a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer with nearly a decade of competition experience at Wairarapa, Levin, Methven and Hamilton. Scott’s another pilot who has spent time involved in international balloon festivals in UK, Metz, and Chateau DeOux in France, as well as Mildura in Australia in 2004.

CURSONS, Scott – Wellington, NZ

Scott is a self-confessed adrenalin junkie with kite surfing amongst his list of adventure hobbies. He’s a licensed aircraft maintenance engineer with nearly a decade of competition experience at Wairarapa, Levin, Methven and Hamilton. Scott’s another pilot who has spent time involved in international balloon festivals in UK, Metz, and Chateau DeOux in France, as well as Mildura in Australia in 2004.

 
 DRYLAND, Gail – Hamilton, NZ  Attended Balloons Over Waikato for 5 years. Has attended the Wairarapa Festival as crew. Been flying ten years attending Albuquerque and Mildura Australia. Lollipop is a ‘new’ secondhand envelope from Boland Balloons in the USA.

DRYLAND, Gail – Hamilton, NZ

Attended Balloons Over Waikato for 5 years. Has attended the Wairarapa Festival as crew. Been flying ten years attending Albuquerque and Mildura Australia. Lollipop is a ‘new’ secondhand envelope from Boland Balloons in the USA.

 GRAHAM, Colin – Montana, USA  Colin began his piloting career at the age of 15, though his passion for the sport began when he was a just a toddler. After obtaining his commercial license at the age of  18, he opened Endeavor Ballooning in 2001. He has flown in 33 states and 6 countries since then, including international events with previous special shapes. He thanks God that his passion has afforded him so many unforgettable opportunities, and allowed him to pursue his love of the West.

GRAHAM, Colin – Montana, USA

Colin began his piloting career at the age of 15, though his passion for the sport began when he was a just a toddler. After obtaining his commercial license at the age of  18, he opened Endeavor Ballooning in 2001. He has flown in 33 states and 6 countries since then, including international events with previous special shapes. He thanks God that his passion has afforded him so many unforgettable opportunities, and allowed him to pursue his love of the West.

 KING, Peter – Carterton, NZ  Peter has been another avid festival supporter, having flown around New Zealand. Peter usually launches from his own backyard and specialises in high altitude flight.  This year Peter is flying his new Boland Balloon (first time at a Fiesta), which was manufactured in the Wairarapa by Brian Boland himself with a team of helpers in 2014.

KING, Peter – Carterton, NZ

Peter has been another avid festival supporter, having flown around New Zealand. Peter usually launches from his own backyard and specialises in high altitude flight.  This year Peter is flying his new Boland Balloon (first time at a Fiesta), which was manufactured in the Wairarapa by Brian Boland himself with a team of helpers in 2014.

 KING, Dan – Carterton, NZ  Peter King's son Dan is also an accomplished balloonist, and loves nothing more than taking to the beautiful Wairarapa skies whenever he can … not as often as he would like with a cute little toddler keeping him and his wife busy.

KING, Dan – Carterton, NZ

Peter King's son Dan is also an accomplished balloonist, and loves nothing more than taking to the beautiful Wairarapa skies whenever he can … not as often as he would like with a cute little toddler keeping him and his wife busy.

 HOLDERNESS, John – Hamilton, NZ  Like so many of us seeing balloons in the sky during fiesta’s was what caught my attention. Meeting some interesting people both nationally and internationally kept the interest to get out of bed at ‘stupid oclock’ and before long the ‘bug’ has got you. We bought our own balloon ‘Fusion” in mid 2010, I have flown and participated in balloon events in NZ and Australia. It is the smiles and the ‘feel good’ factor that ballooning creates that keeps me in the sport, along with the camaraderie developed within the ballooning fraternity. 

HOLDERNESS, John – Hamilton, NZ

Like so many of us seeing balloons in the sky during fiesta’s was what caught my attention. Meeting some interesting people both nationally and internationally kept the interest to get out of bed at ‘stupid oclock’ and before long the ‘bug’ has got you. We bought our own balloon ‘Fusion” in mid 2010, I have flown and participated in balloon events in NZ and Australia. It is the smiles and the ‘feel good’ factor that ballooning creates that keeps me in the sport, along with the camaraderie developed within the ballooning fraternity. 

 HICKEY, Pauline - Hamilton, NZ    
  
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    Pauline  has been flying since 1995 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Waikato, Wanaka, Levin, Blenheim, Methvin, USA, UK, France, and Australia. Pauline has been hooked on ballooning since her first flight as an observer in the early 90’s. She’s a foundation Trustee of Balloons Over Waikato and was recently invited to be the Asia Pacific representative for  FAI Women in Aviation.

HICKEY, Pauline -
Hamilton, NZ

Pauline  has been flying since 1995 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Waikato, Wanaka, Levin, Blenheim, Methvin, USA, UK, France, and Australia. Pauline has been hooked on ballooning since her first flight as an observer in the early 90’s. She’s a foundation Trustee of Balloons Over Waikato and was recently invited to be the Asia Pacific representative for  FAI Women in Aviation.

 SALE, Ross – Auckland, NZ  Ross originally got the ‘air bug’ when he was young and silly and did a number of parachute jumps. When living in the USA he took up hang gliding for a number of years before it came in conflict with sailing. Balloons were the answer – and he gained a pilot’s license in the USA in the 1980s. Ross flies his “speedy little ‘Boland Balloon.”

SALE, Ross – Auckland, NZ

Ross originally got the ‘air bug’ when he was young and silly and did a number of parachute jumps. When living in the USA he took up hang gliding for a number of years before it came in conflict with sailing. Balloons were the answer – and he gained a pilot’s license in the USA in the 1980s. Ross flies his “speedy little ‘Boland Balloon.”

 MCKEE, Daryl – Auckland, NZ  Daryl has been flying for almost 27 years here in NZ, Fiji, Canada (commercially) and USA.  He attained third place at Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as being in the top 20 five times; won at Hamilton NZ and another third place at China, California. Poppies is dedicated to those lost in WWI, in particular William Louis McKenzie (Dianne McKee’s great-uncle) who was lost at Passchendaele on 4th October 1917 and Dianne’s grandfather Regionald Calvert injured at Passchendaele. Darryl loves ballooning and has done from his very first flight –Dzit has become our family life and livelihooddz– a passion that still remains.

MCKEE, Daryl – Auckland, NZ

Daryl has been flying for almost 27 years here in NZ, Fiji, Canada (commercially) and USA.  He attained third place at Albuquerque New Mexico, as well as being in the top 20 five times; won at Hamilton NZ and another third place at China, California. Poppies is dedicated to those lost in WWI, in particular William Louis McKenzie (Dianne McKee’s great-uncle) who was lost at Passchendaele on 4th October 1917 and Dianne’s grandfather Regionald Calvert injured at Passchendaele. Darryl loves ballooning and has done from his very first flight –Dzit has become our family life and livelihooddz– a passion that still remains.

 SHAW, Murray – NZ  Murray is a property investor, he breeds ducks, he loves playing on his 36 tonne digger and Murray likes to dive.  He has been flying his balloon for the last 11 years and enjoys flying, I can stand in my basket with the freedom and peace and quite in the air that's the best feeling, my best flights was when I flew 3 times from Hamilton to the Kaimai's.

SHAW, Murray – NZ

Murray is a property investor, he breeds ducks, he loves playing on his 36 tonne digger and Murray likes to dive.

He has been flying his balloon for the last 11 years and enjoys flying, I can stand in my basket with the freedom and peace and quite in the air that's the best feeling, my best flights was when I flew 3 times from Hamilton to the Kaimai's.

 SNODGRASS, John – Cambridge, NZ  Started his love affair with ballooning in 2000  crewing at Balloons over Waikato  and finally bought his own  in 2012 by diverting the funds saved for the kitchenupgrade  and other things in his house. Having got used to cooking on an open fire Partner Clare  enjoys the sport as wellJohn and his crew were in the Wairarapa in 2016 and the balloon (Wildfire ) went down last year under the command of John HoldenessJohn And Clare are  looking forward to attending This years event

SNODGRASS, John – Cambridge, NZ

Started his love affair with ballooning in 2000  crewing at Balloons over Waikato  and finally bought his own  in 2012 by diverting the funds saved for the kitchenupgrade  and other things in his house. Having got used to cooking on an open fire Partner Clare  enjoys the sport as wellJohn and his crew were in the Wairarapa in 2016 and the balloon (Wildfire ) went down last year under the command of John HoldenessJohn And Clare are  looking forward to attending This years event

 REDSHAW, Kelly – Hamilton, NZ  Kelly has a passion for flying, the freedom ballooning brings is amazing. Being one with the sky, not to mention the great people you get to be with day in and day out. 

REDSHAW, Kelly – Hamilton, NZ

Kelly has a passion for flying, the freedom ballooning brings is amazing. Being one with the sky, not to mention the great people you get to be with day in and day out. 

 SCOTT, Craig – Wairarapa, NZ  Another local balloonist from Masterton, Craig is supported on the ground by his lovely wife and daughters.  Crew training starts early with the Scott family, with recently born grandson accompanying mum to morning ascensions!

SCOTT, Craig – Wairarapa, NZ

Another local balloonist from Masterton, Craig is supported on the ground by his lovely wife and daughters.  Crew training starts early with the Scott family, with recently born grandson accompanying mum to morning ascensions!

 WALCZAC, Rick – Santiago, Chile  Rick Walczak  is an experience pilot with over 40 years of international flying experience Balloons , For tourism also  for  corporate sponsors and companies .  Rick has participated and helped in over 350 balloon events around the world. With Flying Colours Business in New Zealand  has taken Rick to places such as USA, China, Thailand ,Malaysia ,Korea, Japan, Taiwan,  Australia, Panama, India, Turkey now Chile.

WALCZAC, Rick – Santiago, Chile

Rick Walczak  is an experience pilot with over 40 years of international flying experience Balloons , For tourism also  for  corporate sponsors and companies .

Rick has participated and helped in over 350 balloon events around the world.
With Flying Colours Business in New Zealand  has taken Rick to places such as USA, China, Thailand ,Malaysia ,Korea, Japan, Taiwan,  Australia, Panama, India, Turkey now Chile.

 WATSON, Howard – Wellington, NZ  Howard has been flying since 1996 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Hamilton, Levin, Blenheim, Hastings, Methvin and Oamaru. Ballooning is a Watson Family Sport with Sandra, Simon and Emma Helping as crew.

WATSON, Howard – Wellington, NZ

Howard has been flying since 1996 and has attended Balloon festivals in Wairarapa, Hamilton, Levin, Blenheim, Hastings, Methvin and Oamaru. Ballooning is a Watson Family Sport with Sandra, Simon and Emma Helping as crew.

 WILTON, Mark – Carterton, NZ  When not ballooning, or assisting on the Fesitval committee, Mark can be found rocking and rolling on many Wairarapa dance floors!

WILTON, Mark – Carterton, NZ

When not ballooning, or assisting on the Fesitval committee, Mark can be found rocking and rolling on many Wairarapa dance floors!

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  The Wairarapa Balloon Festival is very pleased to welcome Martyn Stacey back as the Balloon Meister for the Festival. Martyn is based in Christchurch where he is commercially flying balloons.   He has attended every Wairarapa event, being the overall winner in 2003 and has been flying balloons for many years.  He was part of the New Zealand team to compete at the World Hot Air Balloon Championships held at Mildura Australia 2004.  He flies for fun as well as being a commercial operator.  Martyn really enjoys the Wairarapa and meeting balloonists from overseas.  He is the Past Chairman of the Ballooning Association of NZ (BANZ).

STACEY, Martin – Christchurch, NZ

The Wairarapa Balloon Festival is very pleased to welcome Martyn Stacey back as the Balloon Meister for the Festival. Martyn is based in Christchurch where he is commercially flying balloons.   He has attended every Wairarapa event, being the overall winner in 2003 and has been flying balloons for many years.  He was part of the New Zealand team to compete at the World Hot Air Balloon Championships held at Mildura Australia 2004.  He flies for fun as well as being a commercial operator.  Martyn really enjoys the Wairarapa and meeting balloonists from overseas.  He is the Past Chairman of the Ballooning Association of NZ (BANZ).