Rocket Day a success

20:33, Feb 03 2013
National Rocket Day
Rocket science: Backyard rocket engineer Craig Packard shows James Wilton a thing or two about rocketry as Mathew Packard looks on.

National Rocket Day went day went of with a bang in Taupiri yesterday.

Organisers said more than 300 people attended the event -up on previous years thanks to a strong showing of Waikato residents.

President of the New Zealand Rocketry Association (NZRA) Evan More said it was a great day and more than 70 rockets were let off.

''We were doing two at a time for some of them. There was huge que, probably 20-30 deep of kids trying to launch rockets.''

Highlights included a six legged, pink polka dot covered rocket and Big Red, a 3.2 metre long fibreglass rocket built by Hamilton man Craig Packard.

The annual event, which is organised by the NZRA, brings together the organisations 150 members and offers the public the chance to build and launch their own rockets.

Mr More said it was very important that kids had a chance to learn about science and the different things they can apply themselves too.

''There's not a lot of stuff for kids to do like this anymore. They're not allowed to do rockets, and fire works will probably be banned in the end. ''They can build the rocket themselves and launch it. It inspires people.''