Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


CAA report a shocker

Hon Maurice Williamson MP National Party Transport Spokesman

11 May 2006

CAA report a shocker

The Auditor-General's report into the Civil Aviation Authority's performance should send a shiver down the spine of the travelling public, says National Party Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson.

He is commenting after the report was presented to Parliament's Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee this morning.

"The public have an absolute right to know that the aviation industry is operating in a safe manner, and this report shows the complete opposite. While giving the CAA a pass grade for the handling of the Airlines Group, the report shows appalling performance by the authority particularly in the area of General Aviation.

It says: 'The risk analysis and risk assessment processes are not as effective as they should be' and that 'the risk analysis does not necessarily 'feed into' the surveillance process.'

"The CAA has already been the subject of two critical reports by the Office of the Auditor-General, first in 1997 and again in 2000," says Mr Williamson.

"This report was an opportunity for the CAA to show it had taken on-board those critical findings, and taken the steps to remedy the problems. One would have expected the authority to have lifted its performance considerably but that clearly is not the case.

"CAA's handling of the important surveillance and monitoring roles is found to be woeful. Instead of treating operators on a risk rated basis, the CAA seems to be treating all operators the same.

The report says: 'In particular, we concluded that the CAA did not systematically assess the potential consequences of aviation accidents and incidents to identify accurately:
* the areas of highest risk; and * the aviation safety initiatives that offered the best safety benefits...'
The report is very critical about how the CAA handles 'Critical Findings', which are defined as an 'occurrence or deficiency that caused, or on it's own had the potential to cause, loss of life or limb.'

"The report found that many 'Critical Findings" weren't even being raised, and some of those that were, weren't even being notified to operators so they would know what it was that was required of them.

"Many that were raised weren't being properly checked to see if they had been completed, and those that were being 'closed' were, in many cases, taking more than 100 days to do with some taking more than 300 days.

"That is grossly unacceptable. The Minister should take immediate action to bring the CAA into line. Heads should roll at both the board and management level."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election