Our role is primarily a policy one that is supported by evidence-based advocacy and lobbying to Government and their agencies. We support members in regulatory matters, advancing professionalism in all safety matters while being recognised as the voice of the country’s commercial aviation industry.

To advance the interests of our members, we work closely with the regulatory agency, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), the policy agency, the Ministry of Transport (MOT), and other agencies that have a stake in the success of our sector. Such agencies include the Ministry for Primary Industries, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and specifically Immigration New Zealand. More recently, our relationships at a local government level with territorial local authorities (TLAs) are critical given their involvement in aviation matters at a local level.

With the support of the AIANZ, our six divisions work to progress priorities for their respective memberships. Examples include the ongoing work by the NZAAA and the NZHA on submissions to District and Regional Plans, so the interests of agricultural and helicopter operators are protected, work by the T&D division to make training more accessible for aviation students and the advocacy of AEANZ to have offshore engineers placed on the immigration Green List to fill shortages in the labour market. As the umbrella organisation, AIANZ itself makes submissions on a wide range of matters that affect the aviation industry (see Policy and Advocacy section of this website for more details).

Aside from the important policy and advocacy role of AIANZ, the association runs several important events to support business capability for members and non-members alike. Our national conference, usually held in August each year, is the showcase event for the aviation industry in New Zealand bringing together leaders

in the sector for two days of learning and networking. Keynote speakers usually include politicians, policymakers and industry experts with a plenary programme running alongside a trade exhibition. An annual awards dinner takes place at the conference.

AIANZ in the past year has started to develop business capability workshops for members, with Senior Persons’ workshops becoming regular. In this coming year, we are exploring offering workshops in other areas important to our members, for example, mental health and well-being.

While membership of AIANZ is voluntary, the success of the aviation industry is dependent on a strong peak body and so we always encourage new members to come on board, while always seeking to improve our value to our existing membership. Information on membership is available under the Join Us tab on this website.


Key numbers in New Zealand aviation.

  • 4,600 aircraft operating in New Zealand.
  • 900 helicopters operating in New Zealand.
  • 14,400 full-time equivalents employed in aviation services.
  • Average annual income $87,900 in aviation services (NZ median is $65,000).
  • $2.1 billion contribution to economy through GDP.

Aviation’s vital role

  • Essential for connectivity as an isolated island nation, facilitating people movement and global trade.
  • High aircraft-to-population ratio, with pioneering roles in agricultural and general aviation.
  • Key sectors served include primary industries, forestry, tourism, search and rescue, energy, security and biosecurity.

Government influence

  • Influences aviation framework, regulation intensity, infrastructure development and aircraft operations.
  • Domestic aviation: Safe, reliable, and varied transport services.
  • International reputation: High quality skills, hardware, software, with globally sought-after pilots, engineers, and staff.

Impact of regulations

  • Determines aircraft purchases, maintenance needs and supply chain requirements.
  • Government decisions shape the current and future aviation chain.