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Te Anau's Fiona Black and John
Whitehead are among four new
appointments to the Southland
The appointments were
announced by Conservation
Minister Kate Wilkinson on
December 23. Reappointed were
Paul Duffy of Wyndham, Stewart
Bull of Riverton and Viv Shaw of
Te Anau. New appointments were
Fiona Black and John Whitehead
along with Peter Ridsdale of
Invercargill and Rudi Verplancke of
Southland Conservation Board
PAUL DUFFY is a district
councillor. He is a qualified
hearings commissioner, a dairy
farmer, and a private land
covenanter. His outdoor interests
are fishing and walking.
STEWART BULL is a nominee
of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu. His
outdoor interest is fishing.
VIV SHAW is a marketing
consultant and former academic.
She has a high level of awareness
of conservation issues in New
Zealand and experience running
a community-led conservation
project. Her outdoor interests are
skiing and tramping.
FIONA BLACK is concessions
and consents manager for
Real Journeys Limited. She has
interests in natural heritage,
ornithology and conservation. Her
outdoor interests are tramping,
walking, cycling and kayaking.
PETER RIDSDALE is executive
manager of the Ascot Park Hotel.
He is interested in environmental
sustainability projects. His outdoor
interests are hunting, fishing and
RUDI VERPLANCKE is general
manager of a horticultural
company. He has a sound
understanding of conservation
issues particularly the protection
of native fauna and flora and
sustainable management of
the horticultural industry. His
outdoor interests are hunting and
JOHN WHITEHEAD is a trustee
on Waiau Wildlife and Fisheries
Habitat Enhancement Trust.
He has a strong interest in
conservation issues including
recreational use of public
conservation land in the
Southland region. His outdoor
interests are hunting, climbing,
mountain biking, kayaking and
New faces on board
Preparations are under way to
accommodate the first large
passenger jet at Te Anau's new
airport at Manapouri -- the first of
what could be as many as 60 such
landings every year.
Airport manager Evan Pearce said
Auckland-based Air National had
won the transport contract for
Tauck Tours, a high-end United
States tour company previously
serviced by Pionair with a Convair
580. Air National planned to
service the route, which includes a
stop in Manapouri, with a BAe146
Whisper Jet -- the type of plane
previously used by Ansett New
The plane will be reconfigured for
the Tauck flights to provide entirely
business class seating, catering
for 48 passengers.
Air National takes over the run
on January 19 but is hoping to
introduce the jet in the next couple
of months once a new approach
aid has been fitted at the airport.
Mr Pearce said this was a lighting
technicality required by most large
jets. It would be a fixed system
powered by portable generators
with battery back-up. The cost
was being met by Air National but
the system could be used by the
airport for any large aircraft in the
Tauck Tours had recently
increased its tours into Fiordland
to two a week, with planes
coming in most Wednesdays
and Saturdays. It estimated that
frequency would continue through
the summer tourist season with a
total of 50 or 60 landings a year,
Mr Pearce said.
It was a significant achievement
-- no other small airport in the
country had regular jet operations,
not even Invercargill.
"That's pretty special," he said.
However, Air National is also a
charter operator in its own right
and the new relationship with Te
Anau Airport had potential spin-
offs for further landings, he said.
"They've already started to put
business jets onto me," Mr Pearce
Air National chief operating officer
Pete Yap confirmed the move
signalled greater potential for
future flights to Manapouri.
"This is just the beginning," he
said. "It's really the first step in
about 30 in
total -- had
all given their
to accommodate the jet flights.
Some of those people hadn't
always been the airport's biggest
supporters so it was great to have
their endorsement for the change
and growth now being achieved,
Airport chief executive Eric Barnes
"The airport's taking the next
step towards fulfilling the
community's vision, providing
new opportunities for Te Anau
and the Southland district,"
Jet to land at Manapouri
By Kirsty Macnicol
The BAe146 Whisper Jet operated by Auckland-based Air National that will
soon start making regular visits to Manapouri.
the best... and here it is!
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