Craig Hansen, from Peter Lynn Kites, of Ashburton, at the
kite display on Saturday. Photo by Mark Price.
The big blue whale, the turtle and the prancing horse
were there but it was too windy on Pembroke Park, Wanaka, on
Saturday for two of the bigger guns of the kite world - the
They remained tucked away in their bags awaiting a calmer
Craig Hansen, a partner in the Ashburton kite-making firm of
Peter Lynn Kites, said there were too many knots for the big
ones. He described those on display as ''small ones''.
''The whale is one of the bigger ones but it is by no means
Mr Hansen said while the whale had 40sqm of ''lifting
surface'', the world's biggest kite, made by his firm in
Ashburton, had a lifting surface of 1250sq m.
The $75,000 monster stingray, and Guinness world record
holder, is resident in Kuwait.
''These people have enough passion and money to be able to
afford to do it.''
Mr Hansen has had many years' experience with all sorts of
kites and says despite their gentle appearance, keeping them
in the air is hard work.
''Don't be fooled. They pull, particularly in this strong
His kites were lashed to heavy trucks on Pembroke Park and on
such a windy day were kept on a short rein.
He said the kites were ''pretty robust'' but ''don't like
Mr Hansen's company demonstrates kites all over the world.
Last week, he was in San Francisco and the weekend before in
''There are kite festivals all over the world every
Kite Lady Julie Adam said it was a ''challenging day'' for
kite-flyers, with winds of around 40kmh.
Conditions were not ideal for the scores of children who had
made kites at her workshops.
However, she said kite-flyers were used to encountering
''That's always our challenge and we just try and work around