Story: Deer and deer farming

Roadside Stories: Warbirds, Wallis and Wānaka

In the 1960s aviator Tim Wallis pioneered live deer capture from helicopters. His innovative techniques were instrumental in the development of deer farming in New Zealand, and he was dubbed ‘Lord of the choppers.’ Wallis later established the spectacular biennial air show Warbirds over Wānaka.

Listen to a Roadside Story about Tim Wallis and live deer capture. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

Archival audio sourced from Warbirds over Wanaka International Airshow

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Ken Drew, 'Deer and deer farming - From deer stalking to helicopters', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 March 2023)

Story by Ken Drew, published 24 Nov 2008