Aviation New Zealand Newsletter 01 December, 2023

In This Newsletter:

  • Aviation industry briefing to the new Minister of Transport
  • Senior Persons’ Workshop in Taupo
  • In the news this week
  • Aviation NZ meetings this week
  • Council and Committee meetings next week
  • Aspeq Board
  • The power of your n3 membership

Aviation industry briefing to the new Minister of Transport

Aviation New Zealand has this week provided a briefing to Hon Simeon Brown, the new Minister of Transport as well as to Hon Matt Doocey, the Associate Minister of Transport.

In its briefing, the Association has highlighted its strategic priorities for the industry that include:

  • The development of a long-term strategic vision and infrastructure plan.
  • A fit for purpose Funding Model.
  • An overhaul of the training sector.
  • Regulatory reform.
  • Better inter-agency coordination on aviation matters.

As well as identifying these strategic priorities, the briefing details some of the key challenges that have been facing the aviation industry, especially over the last three years, including:

  • The economic impacts of the pandemic.
  • Downturn in agriculture.
  • Environmental pressures and expectations.
  • Supply chain disruptions.
  • Regulatory and training constraints.

Other aspects to the brief note the importance of aviation to New Zealand and explain some of the concerns we have with Government agencies important to the industry like the Ministry of Transport and the CAA.  

The priorities outlined in the document will be a focus for Aviation New Zealand going into 2024.

Chief Executive Simon Wallace has also written to Minister Brown seeking an introductory meeting as early as possible in the New Year. 

We issued a media release yesterday which can be read here and the full Briefing to the Incoming Minister can be accessed here 

As a courtesy, the briefing will also be sent to Keith Manch, Director of the CAA and Audrey Sonerson, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Transport. 

Senior Persons’ Workshop in Taupo

The workshop in Taupo on Tuesday was attended by 50 industry players from as far afield as Glenorchy.

Aviation New Zealand’s Executive Officers Richard Milner and Tony Michelle facilitated the day with the support of a team from the CAA and other presenters that included Suzanne Drake of Go Logistics and Karen Groome from AvSafe Consultants.

Participants learned and shared ideas on top tips for the all-important Senior Person interview across several interactive sessions.

It was also an opportunity for aviation colleagues to meet, network and share ideas.

By all accounts, the day was enjoyed by all and demand is such from the wider sector that Aviation New Zealand hopes to replicate a similar workshop in late March in Queenstown or Auckland.

In the news this week

This article from the Guardian on Virgin Atlantic’s first commercial flight using sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), may be of interest https://www.theguardian.com/business/2023/nov/28/transatlantic-flight-sustainable-jet-fuel-virgin-atlantic-saf

Council and Committee meetings next week

The Aviation New Zealand Council meets in Wellington next Wednesday preceded on Tuesday by Committee meetings of the NZAAA and the AEANZ in person and virtually for NZHA and UAVNZ.

UAVNZ Annual General Meeting

Save the Date: 05 December 2023
Time: 1930
Where: Virtually

We are now accepting nominations for the for five executive committee member positions that are up for election. A Deputy Chair will be appointed from among the executive committee at their first meeting, immediately following the AGM (currently held by Chris Jackson). 

Isaac Henderson (Chair), Chris Jackson, Dan Browne, Scott Spooner, and Cameron Baker were elected for two-year terms at the last AGM and will continue on the committee. 

The person nominated and the persons supporting the nomination must be financial members of Aviation NZ or UAVNZ (or work for companies that are financial members). People can self-nominate but will need a seconder. 

If there are more valid nominations than positions available, then a vote will be called at the AGM, and each nominee will have an opportunity to address the membership. 

Nomination forms can be downloaded here: 2023 Nomination Form

Once completed please return completed nominations by 12pm, Tuesday 05 December to: eonzhauavnz@aviationnz.co.nz

If you have an queries please contact Richard Milner on +64 27 273 3784

Meeting Link:

Meeting ID: 836 6462 0599
Passcode: 150338 
Zoom Meeting Link: 

The power of your n3 membership

For many of you part of your membership to Aviation New Zealand includes access to the n3 Business Buying Power of which there are over 16,000 members and you are one of them.

This week to demonstrate its worth we would like to share with you a members experience. One of the companies that is included under n3 is AVIS car hire.

The member from the South Island toured around the North Island for 15 days in a small SUV. It had just 19kms on the clock when he picked it up and over 2100kms when he returned it.

Item:Retail Cost:n3 Cost:Saving:
SUV $185/day- 15 days$2775.00$1620$1155

This week Torpedo 7 announced a deal saving members of n3 up to 50% off selected items. A quick check of their website and choosing items at random found the following compelling reasons to make sure you and your staff (as employees they are included) to not miss out on the n3 benefits. Some Items were already on sale but n3 Business Buying Power left those sale prices in the rear view mirror. Here are the results below:

Item:Retail Cost:n3 Cost:Saving:
1-3 Person Sea Biscuit$799$335$464
Single Person Kayak$799$485$314
7 Person Inflatable Tent$2599$1455$1145

To access this deal see your inbox as n3 sent the promo out this morning.

Please take the time to sign up or update your companies account with n3. To do this please go to n3 website and fill in the form – its easy. Use your Aviation NZ website username as the member ID number.