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NZ's biggest amateur rocket launched from Waikato paddock

After a few tense and fruitless countdowns, New Zealand's biggest amateur rocket roared through the skies trailing smoke and gold sparks. 

It had taken five rocket enthusiasts 10 months, almost $35,000 and about 70 litres of homebrew gin to complete the project. 

From a paddock near Huntly, hundreds gathered for New Zealand Rocket Association's (NZRA) National Launch Day on Sunday, an event which has been running since 2001. 

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