Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Aviation Security Service demonstrates commitment to Pacific

7 May 2015

Aviation Security Service demonstrates commitment to Pacific neighbours

New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (‘Avsec’) has been funded by the government for a further 3 years from 1 July 2015 to continue the intensive capability-building work it has undertaken in the Pacific.

Over the last two and a half years, Avsec’s current Manager International Development, Athol Glover has been responsible for numerous initiatives and activities to further develop and enhance aviation security in the seven Pacific Island countries (PICs) that are ‘last points of departure’ to New Zealand.

This includes the Cook Islands, Niue, Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Kiribati – each of which Athol visits twice a year. Recently, he has also provided support to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) initiatives in Southeast Asia.

“Much of my focus is on building positive and mutually trusting relationships with the airport CEOs, airline managers, heads of customs and police, and high commissioners of the PICs,” says Athol.

“Then, under mutual agreement and meeting certain criteria, Avsec can provide equipment, training, and quality assurance and compliance support in a sustainable and mutually beneficial way.”

For example, to date Avsec has provided modern x-ray machines, walk-through metal detectors, CCTV and access control systems, computer-based training software, patrol vehicles and uniforms, as well as the training and maintenance support to ensure that these investments are enduring. Avsec has also provided a number of aviation security personnel from PICs with internationally recognised training.

This enables compliance with local laws and international conventions related to security. As tourism is a key contributor for many Pacific Island economies, Avsec’s activities and contributions have a significant positive impact.

New Zealand is particularly well placed to support aviation security in PICs because many have adopted New Zealand Civil Aviation Rules.

“I’m proud to say that there has been significant progress in aviation capability building across all the Pacific island states that New Zealand has supported over the last few years,” says Athol.

“This has been in large part due to the co-operation of aviation security professionals, from chief executives to managers and staff, and from other NZ agencies. I look forward to continuing this valuable programme and seeing the many benefits it will undoubtedly bring in the near future.”

Future initiatives under the programme may include on-island training (rather than sending personnel offshore) and assistance and advice on succession planning.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Energy Resources Aotearoa: New Law On Decommissioning Could Be Costly Overkill
A new law on decommissioning oil and gas fields passed by Parliament today has good intentions but is overkill, according to Energy Resources Aotearoa. "We strongly support operators taking responsibility and paying the costs for decommissioning, which is what all good operators do," says chief executive John Carnegie... More>>

Commerce Commission: News Publishers’ Association Seeks Authorisation To Engage In Collective Bargaining

News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand Incorporated seeks authorisation and provisional authorisation to engage in collective bargaining with Facebook and Google. The Commerce Commission has received applications from News Publishers’ Association of New Zealand Incorporated (NPA) seeking authorisation and provisional authorisation on behalf of itself... More>>

Reserve Bank: MPC Continues To Reduce Monetary Stimulus
The Monetary Policy Committee agreed to raise the Official Cash Rate (OCR) to 0.75 per cent. The Committee agreed it remains appropriate to continue reducing monetary stimulus so as to maintain price stability and support maximum sustainable employment... More>>

PriceSpy: Producer Prices Increase
New Black Friday and Covid-19 Report* released by PriceSpy says people’s fear of stepping inside physical shops during big sales events like Black Friday has risen since last year; Kiwis are still planning to shop, but more than ever will do it online this year... More>>

NZ Skeptics Society: Announce Their 2021 Awards, And Dr Simon Thornley Wins The Bent Spoon

Every year the New Zealand Skeptics presents its awards to people and organisations who have impressed us or dismayed us, and this year it’s been hard to pick our winners because there have been so many choices!.. More>>

REINZ: Sales Volumes Leveling Out

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) shows there were 44 fewer lifestyle property sales (-2.6%) for the three months ended October 2021 than for the three months ended September 2021... More>>

BNZ: Auckland Retail Card Spending Bounces Back In Step Two
Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) card spending data released today shows one week of retail therapy at Alert Level 3 Step 2 has been enough to raise card spending in Auckland to levels greater than before the Delta lockdown... More>>