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Save Air NZ Commerce Commission Presentation- 25/8

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Air New Zealand /Qantas Alliance Proposal

A presentation made to the Air New Zealand Commerce Commission on behalf of Save Air New Zealand

Update #5 Of The Save Air New Zealand Campaign
http://www.saveairnz.org.nz

25 August 2003

Presentation made by:
Dr Ian Prior – Convenor Save Air New Zealand
Assisted by Robin Halliday - Secretary
and Alastair Thompson Communications Advisor

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Dr Ian Prior – Convenor Save Air New Zealand
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On behalf of Save Air New Zealand I would like to say that we are very pleased to be taking part in the process that the Commerce Commission has put in place.

The Commissioners will be aware from our submissions that our organisation developed out of an organisation called Debate Air New Zealand which initially sought to promote debate and discussion about the proposed alliance.

We changed direction to become Save Air New Zealand after 18 December when the proposal was announced and passed on to the Commerce Commissions.

Save Air New Zealand has sought to find out from a wide range of New Zealanders their views on the proposal and its long term implications.

Most were aware that our New Zealand Government injected more than $800 million on behalf of the people.

We asked people – do you believe the Air New Zealand/Qantas merger should go ahead?

An almost universal answer was NO. Opinion polls found 90% of NZers were against the proposal. We believe that is because New Zealanders well understand the shortcomings of monopolies having experienced a fair few in the past.

Rt Hon Michael Cullen's response to these polls was to call this was an hysterical anti Australian answer.

This seems on its face to be an irrational conclusion to make without further research into why NZers are against the deal.

New Zealanders are already taking advantage in droves of Air New Zealand's move towards the VBA model in the NZ market. We expect they will be equally receptive of the recently announced Tasman-Express service.

In short New Zealanders are benefiting from, and highly supportive of the benefits of a competitive market in aviation now. So why take that away?

In our view Air New Zealand has the trust and support of the New Zealand public in its current form. This is good for their business. Meanwhile the public do not support this proposed alliance and it seems likely that in the event it goes ahead this would impact negatively on the airlines business.

On setting up Save Air New Zealand it was clear from letters we received and contact with politicians that there was considerable opposition among business leaders and members of the political parties - excluding, the Government- to the proposal.

Unfortunately the swift move from negotiations to Commerce Commission application thwarted any opportunity for Select Committee assessment or Parliamentary debate of this deal.

Here at Save Air New Zealand we adopted a range of strategies to pursue the goal of enlightening people about the proposal. These included.

Development of a Web site:

Around a 700 people – many of them in the travel industry - expressed opposition to the proposed merger and a desire to debate it in more detail. (See.. Appendix One and Two at the conclusion of this document for a list of names.)

Closely monitoring media coverage of the proposal:

We noted that most coverage has consisted of arguments against the proposal. These have been made available to the Commerce Commission with our submissions..

Reviewing the formal submissions made to the Commission:

This identified a number of people with considerable Airline experience who were very critical of the proposal.

To quote but one example: " I am of the clear view that the arrangements as proposed are unnecessary and against the long-term development of Air New Zealand; the Tourism industry of New Zealand , the traveling public, and the national interest. Air New Zealand has in the past been a very successful Airline. In my view it can once again be successful without entering into what is an unacceptable series of transactions with Qantas which would seriously compromise the future of the company."

Norman Geary
Former CEO Air NZ
Former Chair NZ Tourism Board

Representation at the Commerce Commission Conference:

One key objective of our organisation has been to provide "man in the street" representation in this Commerce Commission process. This process is inherently rather threatening to the ordinary citizen. Complex economic arguments and lawyers do not create an encouraging environment for the general public. And so Save Air NZ believes it has a responsibility to present their point of view.

It is important also that the Consumers Institute is presenting today and we expect they too will make an important contribution. It is perhaps indicative a little of the process that both us and the Consumers Institute have been given relatively short slots near the conclusion of this process.

Conclusion

Concluding this introduction I would like to make clear to the commission that Save Air New Zealand does not believe its task ends at this point. We intend to continue to perform the functions we have performed to date until this debate has finally concluded, and from the demeanor of the circling lawyers that may be some time yet.

I will now pass the torch to Robin Halliday, secretary of Save Air New Zealand. She will make a few observations about the deal, again from the point of view of the man in the street. Alastair Thompson from Scoop Media, who has supported the communications effort of our organisation will conclude our presentation. Please feel free to ask any questions you have either during or at the end of our presentation.

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Robin Halliday – Secretary Save Air New Zealand
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Save Air New Zealand agrees with Air New Zealand’s CEO that the future of this airline is critical to the future of New Zealand’s tourism industry and therefore to the future well being of New Zealand.

Indeed it is our National carrier and with its Koru branding and Kiri Te Kanawa connections has long been a National icon.


New Zealanders see this role as including promoting New Zealand as a prime destination. They want too a reliable service for exporters, many of whom are in the regions, and so we also need a competitive market in domestic aviation.


We know of the peony growers of Otago - but there are many others especially in the niche markets in primary products and specialist small manufacturers - who need guaranteed capacity, reliable networking facilities and competitive pricing.


In short, Air New Zealand is critical to keeping New Zealanders working and the economy functioning.

New Zealanders views of Qantas are more equivocal. Qantas CEO Geoff Dixon paints a very gloomy picture of the airline industry. At a Future Conference in Australia in June he spoke of Qantas being in a, "race to the bottom”.

Does he now believe Air NZ can rescue Qantas from this race or is it to be a mutual suicide pact?

If so it would seem a huge shame. Qantas has been far slower to adapt to circumstances than Air New Zealand. It is only now moving to compete in the VBA market , and it is in the process of laying off 9000 staff. Air New Zealand meanwhile is thriving, notwithstanding the fact that their management spend as much time running down their prospects as they do promoting their new strategies.

New Zealanders want choice. The much vaunted war of attrition between Qantas and Air New Zealand has become you might note, by their own admission, an annoying drip.

So cut out the fat, the lawyers with threats of High Court action, the spin doctors the overseas economists. Air NZ doesn’t need Qantas and Qantas doesn’t need Air NZ.

New Zealand does need an airline to focus on its needs; kept efficient by healthy competition.

We have a simple message for Air New Zealand, " believe in yourself"

I thank you for allowing us to present to you today.

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Alastair Thompson
Communications Advisor Save Air New Zealand
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Some of you may be wondering why a news person like me is involved in a lobby group such as Save Air New Zealand?

The answer to this question illuminates one of the aspects of this process. As Dr Prior said, the pace with which this proposal moved from a twinkle in the Minister of Finance's eye to a full-blown proposal before this commission was breathtaking.

Dr Prior asked me to assist him, and then as time went on it became apparent that unless our group opposed this deal on behalf of the public, nobody would.

The nature of this process means that the Commerce Commission is very much being relied on to represent the public interest. And we thank you for doing so. Your initial finding in particular was a victory for common sense.

We at Save Air New Zealand are not comfortable with the extensive use of computer models because of uncertainty as to how or why the models come up with their outputs.

There is no justice being seen to be done if common sense can be subsumed by the output of a computer based model. Computer based models are particularly poor at reckoning the attitudes, prejudices and biases of consumers.

Real consumers are strongly influenced by support for an airline that they feel is theirs, and which by virtue of a Government shareholding, is in fact theirs. How is this factored into the computer model?

The Commission has heard quite extensive presentations from a range of people who would be impacted by this proposal, but there are a great many more people that are going to be impacted and have not turned up to present to you. But please don't assume that this is because of apathy or indifference.

The comments we have received from people over past months indicate that this process is very intimidating. Moreover our experience in Save Air New Zealand indicates that for people involved in businesses impacted on by Air New Zealand the intimidation has at times been more direct. This in our view is a huge shame. And the fact that Air New Zealand has sought to stifle debate over its proposal through such means tends in my mind to indicate that they may not be altogether confident in the merits of their proposal.

Ms Rebstock noted last week that it helped to have interested parties turn up and have their say. We want to make the point that merely because a lot of interested parties are not here, does not mean they are not interested and should not be represented in the Commission's final decision.

The reason they are not here is because it is hard to understand the workings of all this. The Commission's publication on the Commerce Act notes that "The purpose of the Commerce Act is to promote competition in markets for the long-term benefit of consumers". The publication then goes on to say

"If readers have concerns about their position in relation to the Commerce Act, they should seek professional advice and not rely on this publication." Professional advisers may well be unavoidable in complex areas such as this, but in its deliberation the Commission should be aware that a lot of people not here are interested. They are not here because of the nature of the process.

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We understand the heart of the Commission's deliberation is over whether the travellers loss is outweighed by the airlines' gain - a point we would strongly disagree with.

Firstly there is the question of gain for the airlines. Perhaps Qantas has something to gain out of a relationship with Air New Zealand - reduced competitive pressures and costs in New Zealand, more profit on the Trans Tasman routes. But it is difficult in the extreme to see what is in it for Air New Zealand. Though Air New Zealand claims it will be impacted by new competitors these are at present merely proposals, and with the express class in place it is hard to see Qantas's war of attrition having a significant negative affect.

Regarding the extent of "travellers loss" needed to provide this chimerous benefit the question is begged why should travellers incur any losses.

In our view this is also a wrong-headed way to approach the question.

In the alternative the argument in favour of this deal stems around several propositions for which there is no evidence.

These are:

1. That Air New Zealand is doomed without an alliance;

All available evidence suggests that Air New Zealand is doing extremely well at present.

2. That there will be a war of attrition if the deal is rejected;

Whether this is the case or not is entirely within the power of the applicants. This argument is a little like them saying, unless we get what we want we will shoot each other. There is no reason for this to happen save pure stubborness.

3. That the deal will help NZ tourism and the economy as a whole;

NZ tourism has been growing much faster than Australian tourism. Meanwhile the end of Air NZ's involvement in the Star Alliance, it is conceded, will have a negative affect. Any positive effect through Qantas financed promotion is purely speculative and as other submissions of have pointed out flies in the face of common sense.

4. That consumers will not be negatively impacted by a lessening of competition because efficiency gains will enable lower prices.

If this were the case then why does the Commission look askance at any monopolies. Respectfully, this argument is a little like saying down is up. Or that black is white.

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Finally there are a number of specific points that SaveAir New Zealand would like to reiterate.

- The users of airlines are what matters. Airlines are not altruistic and they can only be relied on to focus attention on users when competitors oblige them to do so. Just look at what has happened to Qantas's short-hop domestic in flight meals since Air New Zealand's Express class was introduced.

- Virgin, Emirates and others may or may not fly in and fly out. The long history of NZ aviation is that new entrants are a scarce commodity. Some of the historic barriers to entry may no longer be prevalent, but until Virgin et al are really up and running – and have significant market share - it would be a brave commission who would act as though they were in situ already.

- The NZ Government has backed Air New Zealand because it saw it as a company that was too important to fail. The Government should not be relied on to always be there, but the reality is that Government stands behind Air New Zealand. That is a real provable fact. Not a hypothesis or forecast. All decisions made by Commerce Commission should reflect Governmental support of Air New Zealand as the main provider of air travel in and to and from NZ.

- Qantas's Geoff Dixon said that Asian airlines have Government support and he effectively said that the NZ government should further support Air New Zealand by granting it a virtual monopoly. That should not happen, if Government wants to support Air New Zealand because of what it does it should do so directly and transparently via funding, not by allowing it to extract monopoly rents from the NZ aviation consumers. (I would add that Mr Dixon's remark reveals a lot about what his real motives may be at this forum.)

- This deal is not good for Air New Zealand as a business. It is the easy way out of doing what any real business ought to do – compete - and it is not a route to long term strength and growth.

- An important factor to Qantas feeling it should maintain an independent NZ presence is that it will be obliged to really work on this market. It will have to be innovative, develop support, and generally try very hard. That sounds great for New Zealand and it certainly isn't something that should be given away.

- In respect of the airline proposal and the support it received from miscellaneous professors and other airline CEOs etc: we note that much of the supporting evidence was aimed at drawing analogies between things that happened in the US and Europe and/or are considered likely to happen in those places. The commission should be very careful about putting weight on attenuated inferences. For a start the European and United States markets involve large numbers of players and a latticework of routes. New Zealand is an isolated market and has only two players. The commission should also note as I stated at the beginning of this presentation that Air New Zealand is a company that New Zealanders like and support. This may not be something you can easily factor into a computer model but it is undoubtedly out there and should be recognised in the commissions final decision.

Thankyou.


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APPENDIX ONE


Current list of names indicating support for Save Air New Zealand from the http://www.saveairnz.org.nz website.

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Rod Watson, Aircraft Engineer of Melbourne
Mr. Jazz J. Salcedo, Retired Cargo Worker of Fort Lauderdale, FL; USA
Christian Jara, Website Administrator of Wellington
Margaret A. Baltimore, Retired/Student of Phildelphia, USA
Azzy, Pilot of Indonesia
Mat Carter, Commerce Student of Dunedin
Lyndon Hope, Company Director of Dunedin
Jasper Bryant-Greene, Student of Nelson
Glenn Robertson, Student/Young Nationals Wellington Membership Officer of Wellington
Andrew Shouksmith, Health Professional of Adelaide, South Australia
Dave Maslin, Consultant of Singapore
ahmad, jl peta no.70 of bandung
Jaden Matena Whiunui, Civil Engineer of Balclutha
Juliet Tay-Morrison, health professional of Auckland
Mike Tay-Morrison, health professional of Auckland
Andrew L. Beath, Student - John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University of Cambridge, Mass., USA
Monica Walker, Nurse & member of MADENZ of Mt Maunganui
Mike Williamson, Account Manager of Sydney
Wendy Cooper, Lawyer of Wellington
Trevor Crosbie, Gen. Sec. NZ Democratic Party (Inc) of Hamilton
John Nichol, Company Director of Christchurch
jeremy laurenson, olive grower of blenheim
John Morrison, Consultant of Wellington
Deepak Gupta, Director of Wellington
Chris Hill, Computer consultant of Christchurch
Simon McArley, Corporate Lawyer of Auckland
david obrien, TRAVEL AGENT of AUCKLAND
Tricia Cutforth, Public sector Manager of Whangarei
Allan Boyer, Tour Escort & Company Director of Gore
Tony Reeves, Consultant of Christchurch
Jarrod Holter, Registered Electrician of Wellington
Alastair Rivers, Bank officer of Paraparaumu Beach, Kapiti Coast
Mark Norman, Software Consultant of London, UK
sean gourley, student of oxford, UK
Reece Palmer, Student teacher, voter, taxpayer of Auckland
Andrew Talley, Fishing Company Executive of Motueka
Manjula, Policy Analyst of Lower Hutt
Michael McCallum, Software Engineer of Auckland
Barry Murphy, Analyst Programmer of Wellington
Natalie Sisson, Marketing Coordinator of Wellington
Peter East, Ordained Church Minister of Paraparaumu
Chris Liddell, Former CEO Carter Holt Harvey of Connecticut, USA
Peter Talley, Fisherman of Motueka
David Inch, Electrical Contractor of Nelson
wayne and phillip, managers of Auckland
Chris Schnack, Musician of Brisbane
Anthony Howard, Company Director of Auckland
Paul Davenport, Company director of Wellington
Kevan Peryer, sales exec of Wellington
Susan Clifford, office worker of Wellington
Philip Cooper, Broker of Christchurch
Ross Goodwin, Real Estate Sales Person of Tauranga
Mara Goodwin, Student of Tauranga
Ian Ferguson, Retired Aviator of Paraparaumu/Wellington
adrian van schie, lawyer of new york
Colin Curtis, Microbiologist of Hamilton
Wilson Lattey, Land Developer of Paraparaumu
DJ Macfarlane, Retailer of Whangarei
Paul Ryan, O of Auckland
David Sharp, Manager of London
Margaret Morrison, Housewife of Palmerston North
Lib Petagna, Company Director of Wellington
Ross Hendy, Music Publisher of Wellington
Rod Donald , Member of Parliament of Christchurch
G. D. Henderson, Retired. of Levin.
Philip Wilkie, Company Director of Wellington
Roger Tweddell, Company Director of Auckland
Sebastian Wilk, university student of Hamburg, Germany
William Smith, Retired of Christchurch
Murray Rosser, Insurance Broker of Wellington
John Parker, Director of Wellington
Richard Hall, Consultant of Auckland
Janet Gudmun, Interactive Designer of Wellington
peter brown, Comp Director of hamilton
Shawn Beck, Venture Capitalist of Wellington
John Kershaw, Company Director of Auckland
Boyd Kenna, Timber worker of Wellington
Sheila Brown, Advertising & Marketing of Wellington
John Gow, Gallery Director of Auckland
Chris Fox, Finance Manager of Wellington
Ian Mc Innes, Director of Christchurch
Hamish MacEwan, IT Consultant of Wellington
David A S Brewis, Financial Controller of Auckland
Quentin Findlay, Policy Analyst of Wellington
David Speight, Banker of Wellington
William Stevens, Stockbroker of Auckland
Matt McCarten, President, Alliance Party of Auckland
Paul Abbot, Marketing Manager of Auckland
Brian Plimmer, Coy Director/Gen Manager of Auckland
Gerald Lynch, Retired (Ex Air NZ) of Lower Hutt
Nancy Luther Jara, musician of Wellington
Gordon Reynolds, Business Risk Manager of Dhaka, Bangladesh
Kevin Sparrow, Student of Auckland
rosanne byrne, parent/librarian of wellington
Prue Hyman, Semi retired feminist economist of Paekakariki
Anne Hare, Investment Advisor of Wellington
Carol McKnight, Lecturer of Manukau City
Max Minnis, Retired Chartered Accountant of Manukau City
Scott Creighton, Technician of Auckland
Gareth Farr, Composer of Wellington
Morgan Read, Lecturer of Auckland
Gordon Copeland, Member of Parliament of Wellington
Stephen Tindall-the woman, Mother/Founder of MADENZ of Mt Maunganui
Ed Rinsma, Airline Pilot of Illinois, USA
Noel Josephson, Company Director of Auckland
Tony Cox , Managing Director of Wellington
Amanda Duncan, Commercial Analyst of Wellington
mark blumsky , former mayor of wellington
Mark Cubey, Consultant of Wellington
Chris Morrison, Beverage Manufacturer of Auckland
Ian Clarke, Manager of Wellington
Jed Horner , Student of Rotorua
Chris O'Hara, Retail GM, TrustPower of Tauranga
Ian Prior, Public Health Physician of Wellington
Jay McINtyre, Aircraft Engineer of Blenheim
Richard Innes, Stirrer of North Shore City
Martin Snell, Professional Singer of Basel, Switzerland
Bettina Bradbury, Professor of Toronto, Ontario
Hamish Morrison, Gallery Director of Berlin
Geoffrey Miller, Librarian of Dunedin
G.M.Waring, Retired Airline Pilot/deerfarmer of Richmond. Nelson
Dr Bruce Harker, Director of Wellington
Julie Nevett, Mother of Wellington
Claire Breen, Sec. School Teacher of Auckland
Jared Ball, Satellite Engineer of Los Angeles (formerly Dunedin)
Roger m Thomas, Travel company Managing director of christchurch
Basil Charles, Musician of Wellington
Sean Trengrove, Consultant of Nelson
Geiri Petursson, Company Director of Nelson
Dugald Morrison, Investment Consultant of Texas
Nick Kelly, Cleaner of Upper Hutt
Blanche Charles, Musician of Wellington
Tracey Weir, Chef of Christchurch
Doug Weir, Student of Christchurch
Roger , Investor of Sydney
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Writer of Christchurch
Martin Glesti-Drayton, Practice Manager/IPRC Advocate of Wellington
Malcolm Galloway, Student of Wellington
Matthias Seidenstücker, Merchant Banker of Wellington
John Elston, Company Director of Wellington
Peter Senior, Management Consultant of Auckland
KIRSTYN HOOPER, PURCHASING of CHRISTCHURCH
G J Bates, Company director / engineer of Auckland
Sally, Colin & Hayden McIntyre, Sheep Farmers of Gore
Bill Wright, Gentleman of Pleasant Point
Lloyd Morrison, Director of Wellington
Mark O'Connor, Manager of Wellington
jon hartley, self employed of wellington
James Hendra, Marketing Mgr of Auckland
Gerald Fitzgerald, Partner KPMG Legal of Wellington
Michael Payne, Student / I.T Developer of Christchurch
george baxter, IT consultant of Auckland
Paul Ridley-Smith, Manager of Wellington
MJ Loza, CEO of Wellington
Neil Paviour-Smith, NZSE Stockbroker of Wellington
Bill Giller, Marketing Manager of Invercargill
Gerard Murphy, Travel Agent of Auckland
Hon Peter Dunne, MP, Leader, United Future of Wellington
Liz Brook, Public Relations of Feilding
Alastair Thompson, Journalist of Wellington

+ 66 people who do not want their names made public
NOTE: If you choose to register your support publicly your name will be added to the list above. Names will be added two or three times each day.


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APPENDIX TWO

List of names indicating support for Debate Air New Zealand from the http://www.debateairnz.org.nz website. This website was replaced with the current Save Air New Zealand website and the list was zeroed at that time.
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589 people have so far indicated their support for DEBATE AIR NEW ZEALAND's objectives

Karl Geiringer, Health Scientist of Auckland
Nick Mckenna, IT of Wellington
Mike Graham, IT Consultant of Auckland
Hugh G. Rekshunne, Director of Auckland
Michael McCallum, Software Engineer of Auckland
Philip Wilkie, Company Director of Wellington
Jed Horner , Student of Rotorua
Tim Hazledine, economist of auckland
James Salter, Analyst of Minneapollis, MN
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman, Writer of Christchurch
Basil Charles, Musician of Wellington
dr chris jones, medical practitioner of wellington
Marcus Gower, Government Worker of London
Trevor Landers, Academic/writer of Eastbourne
Patricia Boyer, High School Teacher of Gore
James Kennedy, ret. of Rumson, NJ
Chris Hipkins, Project Manager of New Plymouth
Gabrielle Smith, Artist/Retired of Kapiti
Bridget McHardy, Worker of London
Dr Bruce Harker, Coy Director of Wellington
William Alexander Smith, Poet of Christchurch
Reece Palmer, Taxpayer and Voter of auckland
Roger Sowry, Member of Parliament of Wellington
Lib Petagna, Financier of Wellington
Peter Calderwood, Manager of Tauranga
Ross Hendy, Publisher of Wellington
Joleen A. Hawkins, Office Manager of New York
Ed Rinsma, Airline Pilot of Illinois, USA
Murray Blandford, Schoolteacher of Petone
Deepak Gupta, Company Director of Wellington
Sebastian Wilk, university student of Hamburg - Germany
Mike, Planner of Palmerston North
Sue Martin, Lawyer of Auckland
Wayne Campbell, Managing Director of Dunedin
Michael Payne, I.T Developer / Student of Christchurch
Kirstyn Hooper, Retail of Christchurch
John Malcolm, Lecturer of Auckland
Maria Champion, Contract Accountant of Wellington
Juliet Tay-Morrison, Doctor of Auckland
Nicky Hager, Writer of Wellington
Tony Reynish, Property Manager of Tauranga
Benjamin Makisi, Classical Operatic Tenor of Sydney
Tricia Cutforth, Manager of Whangarei
Pip Greenwood, Lawyer of Auckland
David Woodall, Student of Christchurch
Nan Scotney, Retired Principal of Otaihanga
Jack Cron, Consultant of Brisbane
Nigel Hutchings, student of Auckland
Vijay Bhana, Student of Auckland
Chris O'Hara, General Manager Retail of Tauranga
Dennis O'Reilly, organiser of Wellington
Tim Brown, Company Director of Wellington
Mark Blumsky, former Mayor of Wellington
Robin Halliday, secretary of Wellington
Brian Easton, Economist of Wellington
LLoyd Morrison, Co Director of Wellington
Jeff Childs, Financial Controller of Tauranga
Andrew McDouall, Merchant Banker of Wellington
Reuben Levett, Corporate Resolution Consultant of Auckland
Dave Taggart, Post-graduate student of Napier
Carol McKnight, Business Consultant of Manukau City
Max Minnis, Retired Chartered Accountant of Manukau
Brendan Clover, Self Employed of Wellington
Andrew Kennedy, Consultant of Wellington
Hamish Tweedie, Consultant of Wellington
Lynn Gillanders, Air N.Z. Retiree of Rotorua
Lynn Gillanders, Air N.Z. Retiree of Rotorua
Garry Nicholls, General Manager of Auckland
Geoffrey JJ Wain, Resource Accounting Consultant of Christchurch
Andrew Villazon, Student of Christchurch
Andrew Harmos, Lawyer of Auckland
Christopher Den Tandt, Analyst of Auckland
Tim Sherborne, Manager of Wellington
Fraser McKenzie, Chairman/Farmer of Rotorua
Janet Gudmun, Freelance Designer of Wellington
Philip Blank, Solicitor of Auckland
Jane Heatherington, General Practitioner of Wellington
Shirley McDouall, Ballet Teacher of Wanganui
Chris Liddell, Finance of Auckland
Matthew Hanley, Product Manager of Wellington
Regan McKay, IT Company Director of Auckland
Jeff Piper, corrosion inspector of New Plymouth
J A Russell, Retired of Christchurch
Ian Ferguson, Retired Aviator of Paraparaumu
Greg Magness, Manager of Auckland
Greg Kerr, Tax Manager of Wellington
James McLean, Education Consultant of Kerikeri
joe.bagrie , exporter of invercargill
Tony Blakely, Epidemiologist of Wellington
Tracey Weir, Chef of Christchurch
Doug Weir, Student of Christchurch
Alec Pointon, Co Director of Palmerston North
Bill Griffin, science manager of CHCH
Pauline Cooper, science researcher of Chch
Katrina Petagna, Company Secretary of Wellington
Ben Lin, Engineer of Auckland
Neil Funnell, Real Estae Agent of Gisborne
Ross Karlsson, Payments Clerk of North Shore
Gregory Kent, Househusband of Wellington
Diane Baguley, Quality Management Specialist of Auckland
Jon Mayson, Chief Executive of Tauranga
robert shearer, military officer of auckland
Scott Creighton, Technician of Auckland
Gareth Stythe, Investment Adviser of Auckland
Andrew Ayling, Banker/Vice-President of Auckland
Ruth Ayling, Banker and mother of Auckland
Eugene Piercy, Accountant of Auckland New Zealand
David Newman, Chief Executive/Coy Director of Wellington
Garry Latham, Retired Engineer of Whakatane
David Brewis, CFO of Auckland
Murray Rosser, Insurance Broker of Wellington
Allison Palmer, Homestay Operator of Greymouth
Steve Montgomery, Operations Manager of Auckland
Andrew Cathie, Sharebroker of Wellington
Gerard Murphy, e-travel agent of Auckland
Sally Garrity, Fine Wine Advisor of Wellington
Lara Bui, Learning and Development Manager of Auckland
Katrina Ward-Smith, Marketing Consultant of London
Wayne Beverley, Area Manager of Auckland
Nigel Smith, Chartered Accountant of Wellington
Graham Beattie, Co.Director of Auckland
Dean Alderton, Lawyer of Sydney
Paul Steere, CEO of Nelson
Chris Stone, Company Director of Wellington
ron van musscher, teacher/parent of wellington
A Lead, student of Wellington
C Dowle, surgeon of Wellington
N Bradley, Practise Manager of Wellington
P Dowle, Student of Wellington
K Dowle, Student of Wellington
Gerry Te Kapa Coates, Consulting engineer/aviation writer of Wellington
Adrian Ellingham, Company Director of Wellington
Terry Hughes, Accountant of Lower Hutt
Paul R S Hocking, Company Director of Wellington
Brian Plimmer, Coy Director of Auckland
Toni Carson, Community Worker of Wellington
Mr. B. L.. van Asbeck, Technical Adviser of Wellington
Chris Hill, Computer Analyst of Christurch
Ioane Semu Teao, Translator of Porirua
Mark Davey, Self-employed of Auckland
Bill Giller, Marketing Manager of Invercargill
James Lockie, Company Director of Auckland
Kevin Dew, Lecturer of Wellington
Mark O'Connor, Port Manager of Invercargill
Murray Radford, Company Director of Wellington
Mike Basher, Finance Manager of Wellington
morgan read, lecturer of auckland
Keith Tempest, Chief Executive of Tauranga
Gareth Farr, Composer of Wellington
Don Stevens, School Principal of Wellington
Julia O'Connor, Company Director of Wellington
Josh Thomas, Sharebroker of Wellington
Mike Tay-Morrison, Doctor of Auckland
Rick Ellis, Investment Banker - Auckland of Auckland
Chris Fox, Finance Manager of Wellington
Sheila Brown, Advertising & Marketing of Wellington
MJ Loza, CEO of Wellington
Katie McClurg, Teacher of Napier
Jay McIntyre, Aircraft Engineer of Blenheim
Nick Cooper, student of Dunedin
Louise Parkin, Self Employed of Wellington
Malcolm D Niccol, Airline Pilot retired of Raumati Beach
John Tacon, Manager of Christchurch
Paul Pretty, Caterer of Te Horo
Nan O'Sullivan, Designer of Wellington
Bill Dashfield, Consultant of Wellington
Yvonne Summers, Solicitor of Levin
Gary Thorpe, Marketing Manager of Auckland
David Huttner, Airline Commercial Manager of Sydney
Andrew McNaughton, Web Programmer of Wellington and Sydney
John Elston, Company Director of Wellington
menzies macdonald, investment banker of auckland
hayden, student of auckland
Neil Rowe, Bookseller of Wellington
Jenny Neligan, Contemporary Art Dealer of Wellington
Gerard Wilkinson, Contractor of Wellington
Gerald McDouall, Retired Banker of Wanganui
Hamish McDouall, Writer of Wanganui
Paul Bruce, Lead Weather Forecaster, MetService of Wellington.
david o brien, director of auckland
POD, Tefler/entremetteur/imagineer of New Plymouth
Richard Innes, Stirer of North Shore City
Hamish Morrison, Gallery Director of Berlin, Germany
Catherine O'Connor, Analyst of London
Jeremy Speight, Company Director of Wellington
Marie Therese Waters-Brophy, Executive Assistant of Lower Hutt
Brigitte Potter, Project Manager of London
Neill Reid, Ex-Flight Attendant of Auckland
Geiri Petursson, Company Director of Nelson
Alastair, Accountant of Wellington
Warren Gee, Project Manager of Wellington
Syed Umar Syed Zakaria, Student of Auckland
Jo Boyes, Office/Production Manager of Nelson
Jo Donnelly, Education Administration of Lower Hutt
Rob Morrison, Investment Banker of Hong Kong
Simon Court, Environmental Engineer of Auckland
Gordon Copeland MP, Member of Parliament of Wellington
Holly, Travel Agent of New Plymouth
Ray Di Leva, Property Consultant of Wellington
Peter McKeefry, Property Asset Manager of Wellington
Allan Boyer, Tour Director/Escort of GORE
Mike Musovich, Manager of Auckland
Louise Sloman, Physiotherapist of Wellington
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Dugald Morrison, Investment Consultant of Texas
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Dave Lunn, Manager of Singapore
Jeremy Punnett, Strategy Consultant of Amsterdam
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Ernest A Norris, Business Consultant of Feilding
Noel Josephson, Company Managing Director of Auckland
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Geoffrey Miller, Librarian of Dunedin
Karin & Sigmund Spath, Company Directors of Auckland
Peter Brown, Company Director of Hamilton
Todd, Postgraduate Student of Auckland
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Mark O'Connor, Manager of Wellington
Philip Cooper, Broker of Christchurch
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Robin Hodgson, Engineer of Wellington
Corey Joyce, Fisheries Biologist of Auckland
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Carol Patton, General Manager of Auckland
Sara Bowden, Travel Consultant of Christchurch
Bryan Wyness, Manager of Auckland
Meg Fenton, retired of Auckland
Andy Deans, Sales Consultant of Wellington
Roger Thomas, Travel company Managing director of Christchurch
Christine Palmer, Auctioneers Assistant of Lower Hutt
Richard Allison, Farmer of Rangiora
Helen Billington, Accountant of Wellington
Toni, Corporate Travel Consultant of Christchurch, New Zealand
Brett Barclay, General Manager of Auckland
Jean Bentley, pianist of Paraparaumu
Chris Morrison, Beverage Manufacturer of Auckland
Andrew Grigg, Auctioneer of Wellington
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Gerard Breen, Ship Master of Auckland
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Diane Wright, Company Director of Christchurch
Neha Belton, Director of Auckland
Mitch Buckley, Computer Technician of Rotorua
Natalie Sisson, Marketing Coordinator of Wellington
Sean Gourley, Student of Oxford, England
Harold Titter, Company Director of Auckland
Chris Harmer, Sales Manager of Paraparaumu
Michael Waring, Deerfarmer - Ex airline pilot of Richmond
Philip Sutton, Event Producer of Wellington
James Hendra, Marketing of Auckland
Neil Paviour-Smith, Sharebroker of Wellington
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Jon Williamson, Hydrogeologist of Waimauku
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Teina Herzer, Producer of Wellington
Fraser Houghton, Accountant of Auckland
Kelly Nightingale, Sales of Auckland
Tim Crawley, Financial Advisor of Auckland
Michael Tucker, Label Manager of Wellington
Lindsay Codd, Systems Engineer of Christchurch
Gavin Middleton, Communications Manager of Wellington
Selwyn Manning, Journalist of Auckland
William Stevens, Stockbroker of Auckland
Sarah Boyle, Advisor of Wellington
Kevin O'Connor, Coy Director of Wellington
G.L. & W. Simenauer QSO, Retired Musician of Wellington
Thomas Liggett, Editor of Wellington
Aaron Lloydd, Composer of Wellington
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Nick Kelly, Former Chair of Paul Swain's electorate committee of Upper Hutt
John Phillips, Consultant of Papatoetoe
Rowan Johnston, Stockbroker of Auckland
Matthew Civil, Operational Research of Wellington
Ben Absolom, Farm adviser of Napier
John Dennett, Lawyer of Wellington
Paul Davenport, Company director of Wellington
CambelFerguson, Company Director (Tourism) of Christchurch
Melody Ogilvie, Marketing Co-ordinator of Wellington
Wayne Mills, Airline pilot of Northwich Cheshire UK
Helen Tait, consultant of Wanaka
Christian Jara, Website Administrator of Wellington
Nigel Little, Company Director of Auckland
Nancy Luther Jara, musician of Wellington
Simon Gerathy, Campiagns Manager of Christchurch
Richard Cutfield, Investment Manager of Wellington
Barry D. Jones, Transport Analyst of Westport
Angela Huppert, Solicitor of Wellington
Kristin Gibson, Teacher of Wellington
Stephen Tindall-the woman, Founder of MADENZ of Mt Maunganui
Henry Marks, Software Developer of Wellington
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Phillip Joe, Director of Auckland
Graeme Allen, pilot of Christchurch
Brian Smith, Engineer of Wellington
Robert Bell, Accountant of Auckland
David Farrar, Analyst of Wellington
Mazz Scannell, consultant of Wellington
Don Brash, Member of Parliament of Wellington
Barry Murphy, Analyst programmer of Wellington
Hamish MacEwan, ICT Consultant of Wellington
David Gascoigne, Company director of Wellington
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Mike Rumble, Director of Lower Hutt
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Michael Gibson, Former Wellington Regional Councillor of Wellington
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John Pearce, Decision Analyst of Auckland
Rod Donald MP, Green Party Co-Leader of Christchurch
Kimberley Joe, Mother of Auckland
Bevin Fitzsimons, Chartered Accountant of Auckland
Colin Curtis, Microbiologist of Hamilton
Prue King, Dentist of Wellington
Judy Coleman, Teacher of Red Beach, Hibiscus Coast
Raymond Chan, Consultant of Wellington
Peter Crosby, Engineer of Wellington
Jan Galloway, Nurse of Wellington
Jodi, Insurance Manager of Auckland
jeanette Fitzsimons, MP of Wellington/Thames
Linda Holloway, Artist of Auckland
Paul J Ryan, Director of Auckland
Peter Deckesr, Artist/educator of Wellington
Dave Funnell, Clerk, NZ Post of Tauranga
Mark Siladi, Consultant of Wellington
Gerald Jones, Retired Accoutant of Wellington
Denys Fotheringham, Podiatrist of Wellington
David Fraser, Analyst of Sydney
David Speight, Banker of Wellington
Wilson Lattey, Land Developer of Paraparaumu
Gerald Lynch, Retired of Lower Hutt
Kim Ellis, Managing Director of Auckland
Martin Glesti-Drayton, Practice Manager/Health Advocate of Wellington
Mara Goodwin, Student of Tauranga
Mark Roach, Art handler / tour manager of Wellington
Margaret MacKenzie, Retired of Dunedin
Stephen L Hulme, Investor of Wellington
Bill Wright, Gentleman of Pleasant Point
Paul Abbot, Manager of Auckland
John Parker, Company Director of Wellington
Shelley Groves, Garden Designer of Wellington
Mark McGuinness, Company Director of Wellington
Brett Taylor, Construction Supervisor of Paraparaumu
Steve Napier, Sharebroker of Whakatane
Norbert Heuser, Musician of Wellington
Ian Parton, Managing Diretor of Auckland
John Nichol, Company Director of Christchurch
Graeme Kirkcaldie, Public Valuer of Wellington
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Richard Prosser, Design Engineer of Christchurch
Rachel Annear, Office Worker of Wellington
John Morrison, Consultant of Wellington
Ross Hutton, Sharebroker of Christchurch
Richard Mansfield, Student of Wellington
richard caughley, solicitor of wellington
Sonja Anna Batt, Co Director of Auckland
John Gillon, Technical Writer of Auckland
Eldon Paki, Monitoring Analyst of Wellington
Aaron Dustin, Creative Director of Wellington
Roy Ditchburn, Passenger facilitator of Wellington
Paul Gibens, Composer/Arranger of Brisbane
Jason Harding, creative director of Wellington
Anne Hare, Investment Advisor of Wellington
Bev Meier, Office Manager of Wellington
Kristen Kettle, Marketing Assistant of Wellington
Euan Robertson, Art Direction of Wellington
Gwen Henderson, Retired Public Servant of Levin.
Matt McCarten, President, Alliance Party of Auckland, New Zealand
Shawn Beck, Private Equity Fund Manager of Wellington
Quentin Findlay, Policy Consultant of Wellington
Julienne Brown, Legal Librarian of Auckland
Tim Cossar, Manager of Wellington
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Ian Fergsuon, Investigator of Wellington
John Andrews, Clerk of Wellington
John Beattie, Company Director of Wanaka
Grant Knuckey, Banker of Dublin
Fiona Merritt, mother/student of Auckland
Chris Holmes, Investment Banker of Auckland
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Roger Sharp, Investor of Sydney
Paul Ridley-Smith, Manager of Wellington
Miriam Richardson, e-publisher of Wellington
Marney Ainsworth, Facilitator of Auckland
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Peter Allport, Company Director of Wellington
David Price, Finance of Wellington
Wayne Zander, Manager IT of Wellington
Warren Couillault, Fund Manager of Auckland
Gil Raymond, Retired of Wellington
Cameron Sanders, Director of Wellington
Susan Jessie, Artist of Golden Bay
Ian Clarke, Manager of Wellington
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Bronwyn Simes, Manager of Christchurch
Gerald Fitzgerald, Lawyer of Wellington
Wayne Collins, CFO of Auckland
Ian Mc Innes, Director of Christchurch
Ross Ferguson, Manager of Hastings
Kelly Daykin, Office Worker of Wellington
stephen mccarthy, Art Director of Christchurch
Rowan McArthur, Public Relations Consultant of Wellington
David Faloon, Business Manager of Wellington
Geoff Nixon, Investment Adviser of New York
Patsy Reddy, company director of Wellington
Rob Funnell, Scientist of Wellington
George Wiles, IT Consultant of Wellington
Jeremy Hunt, Director of Auckland
Emma Brewerton, Public Servant / Musician of Wellington
Lyndsay Mountfort, Musician of Wellington
Marilyn Sainty, Designer of Auckland
Oscar Nilsson, Investment Advisor of Wellington
Hamish Mackay, Sharebroker of Wanganui
PHIL LOVE, Consultant of Wellington
Jeremy Fitzsimons, Musician of Wellington
Andrew Hall, Artist of Paraparaumu
Chris Schnack, Musician of Brisbane
Prem Maan, Investment Banker of Auckland
John Shrapnell, Publisher of Wellington
John Gow, Gallerist/Parent of Auckland
Anthony Howard, IT Manager of Auckland
Blanche Charles, Musician of Wellington
Matthias Seidenstuecker, Merchant Banker of Wellington
Julie Nevett, Mother of Wellington
Alastair Thompson, Journalist of Wellington
Ian Prior, Public health physician of Wellington
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