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Jim Sutton Speech To Launch New Gyroplane

Launch of Kahu gyroplane, Matamata Aerodrome

Chris Wade, Michelle Ward, Ian Jury, ladies and gentlemen: Just a few minutes ago, I congratulated all the members of the Sport Aircraft Association and others taking part in this sport aviation expo.

I talked about innovation, and how the Government wants to encourage it throughout our society.

Here, we have another example of innovation - the Kahu gyroscope.

The Kahu is named after New Zealand's native harrier hawk. It is a prototype gyroplane developed by father and daughter team Chris and Michelle Wade, and marketed by their company, Aero-Sport International, in which Michelle's fiancé Ian is also a director.

I am told a gyroplane is a cross between a helicopter and a plane, and this one here features the same carbon fibre technology used in making America's Cup yachts.

It is the first-ever New Zealand-designed fully enclosed two-seater gyroplane.

ASI are initially targeting Australia and New Zealand for sales, but they intend to tackle the American market next year, with the help of Trade NZ.

That's an ambitious goal, and I applaud Chris, Michelle and Ian for all the hard work they've put into this project and for all the aspirations they have for their company and the Kahu gyroplane.

It is through the innovation and hard work of people such as yourselves that our country will succeed in the future.

Chris, Michelle, Ian - congratulations on getting Kahu to this stage, and I wish you all the best in the future.

I am delighted to officially launch the Kahu two-seater gyroplane.

Office of Hon Jim Sutton

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