Parliament

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

 

Air Travel Imperiled By Arrogance Within Airways

20 November 2000

Air Travel In New Zealand And The Pacific Imperiled By Arrogance Within Airways-Peters

New Zealand First Leader Rt Hon Winston Peters today said, “Given the recent history of Airways New Zealand, in particular, the supremely arrogant manner in which they have gone about promoting their self proclaimed expertise on the world stage, I am not at all surprised that their present supplier, and the company upon which they have relied for standards, is now considering legal action to reclaim equipment which is rightfully theirs.

“Thompson-CSF is a very large player in the air traffic control business throughout the world and it is entirely understandable that they would wish to protect their good name and standing. Airways NZ must understand that in spite of their somewhat grandiose plans and dreams, there is a real world out there with far bigger players who will not be messed around with in the manner Airways have done so to date.

“The way in which the Board of Airways went about the gifting of millions of dollars of business to Lockheed Martin to replace New Zealand’s air traffic control system without the courtesy of permitting Thompson-CSF to quote, let alone Airways’ decision to not even open up for public tender, the supply for re-equipping with technology and hardware, was outrageous. New Zealand can ill afford a major scandal of this sort with France. It is simply not necessary or desirable. New Zealand Taxpayers are already being denied millions of dollars by way of return on their past investment, through the actions of a small number of self styled high flyers, hell- bent on chasing ambitious international dreams, whilst at home in NZ, basic things are not being attended to. The invitation given by the Minister for State Owned Enterprises, Hon Mark Burton, to the company presently supplying air traffic control equipment in NZ, to sue Airways if they had concerns, was equally unhelpful and demonstrative of what can occur when a “hands off” approach is taken to serious matters, for which Ministers should be responsible and accountable,” said Mr Peters.

Mr Peters said that there now existed, the potential for serious a crisis within New Zealand, should Thompson-CSF continue down the path they have indicated, which would be disastrous, plunging New Zealand into third world status overnight, with no air travel possible, should their goodwill and equipment be withdrawn.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi


Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing


Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>


ALSO:




 
 


Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>


Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>

ALSO:



Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>


Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>



Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels