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CAA resignations: about time

Hon Maurice Williamson MP
National Party Transport Spokesman

6 September 2006

CAA resignations: about time

National Transport spokesman Maurice Williamson has welcomed news that the Civil Aviation Authority's chairman and his deputy are going.

One News reported tonight that CAA chairman Ron Tannock is resigning ahead of when his term runs out in November, and that deputy chairwoman Hazel Armstrong is also going.

"This is the new broom that is needed on the CAA board, although it's a great pity that it followed news earlier this week that CAA director John Jones was also resigning.

"In June I accused Transport Minister Annette King of missing a golden opportunity to clean out the CAA board.

"There have been ongoing concerns about the performance of the authority.

"The aviation industry had a very high level of confidence in Captain Jones but almost none in the chairman and board.

"The board has tried to micro-manage the entire CAA operation and literally added another level of management to the organisation that was unwelcome.

"The chairman should have gone some time ago."

ENDS

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