Founded in 1945, the New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association is an internationally affiliated professional association and trade union that represents 2300 New Zealand pilots and air traffic controllers. Our goals include the pursuit of excellence in professional and technical standards, the advancement and improvement of aviation safety, and to provide a "voice" for our members on aviation issues. We work hard to achieve all of these things and in doing so ensure our members' individual and collective rights and interests are preserved. We provide on-the-job protection and guidance, ensuring the livelihood of our members does not come under threat.
We are actively involved with the affairs of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and the International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA). We have developed and maintain relationships with other Member Associations in various regions in the world, which allows us to collaborate on a range of international issues and provide our members support while they are overseas.
We oversee four important functions on behalf of our members:
- Safety and Security
Safety and Security
The cornerstone of NZALPA’s principles is the safety and security of our members. This remains the main focus throughout all our departments. Since we began representing our members over sixty years ago, we have strived to excel in safety-related changes from within the New Zealand aviation scene by maintaining an active involvement in many technical and medical areas. NZALPA has been instrumental in promoting changes that have made air travel one of the safest modes of transportation available in New Zealand. Our staff and representatives high level of expertise, gives the Association the ability and tools to provide authoritative opinion on a range of important issues affecting our members and the New Zealand travelling public.
The representation of our members’ interests in relation to their terms and conditions of employment with any person, organisation, the Government, or any other body is another main function of NZALPA. Our collective presence allows us to negotiate employment arrangements on behalf of our members, and enter into agreements with third parties.
We also assist and represent our members in the enforcement of such arrangements, and their interests during disputes concerning negotiation, interpretation or application of such arrangements. Throughout these and other processes, NZALPA provides all members with legal protection and representation in any employment related matter concerning them, in accordance with our Rules.
Our experienced staff and volunteers represent our members' views to a range of third parties including airlines, Government, and local regulatory authorities. As situations arise, we lobby the appropriate parties to ensure members' needs are met through legislation and other means to ensure safe and healthy flying environments.
A supplementary function we provide for our members is an extensive choice of insurance against illness, loss of medical, and death. Our members can choose from various schemes and design a strategy appropriate for their individual needs to ensure they have the right amount of cover dependant on their situation. Having the offered insurance cover gives you protection should you be unable to work.
NZALPA’s Annual Conference in June is the policy-making body of the Association. It is at Conference that representatives from Branches and Councils consider and vote on remits submitted by members, and determine as to whether they are to be accepted by Conference and incorporated into Association policy. Although voting at the Conference is by elected delegates only, all NZALPA members may attend and put forward their point of view.
Board of Management
In between each conference, a Board of Management (BoM) made up of three diverse groups governs NZALPA. The group includes:
- 8 Officers of the Union – two year terms
- 6 Branch Representatives – two year terms
- Council Representatives (councils with more than 50 members) – two year terms
The Officers of the Union include the seven Principal Officers - President, Vice President, Industrial Director, Technical Director, IFALPA Director, ATC Director and Medical & Welfare Director plus the Secretary. There are 6 people in the Branch Representatives group. These positions are assigned to each branch. Also any council with a union-wide membership of 50 or more financial members may appoint a council representative to the BOM.
All BOM members have been elected by the members in some way (either in a Principal Officer position or via a Branch Committee / Council election) and have the right to vote. All other members of the Board are non-voting positions.
The role of the branches is to provide members with representation based on geographical area. As the branches do not have equal member numbers, and there is wide variation in membership numbers, this is overcome by ratio-representation. The branches provide a safety valve feature for the union by having the power to act to remove any of their respective branch representatives or conference delegates.
Current population of the Branches 31 March 2015
The Association is divided into three Branches:
- Northern Branch is that part of the North Island north of Mohaka / Urenui Rivers.
- Central Branch is the remainder of the North Island to the south and that part of the South Island north of Buller / Clarence Rivers.
- Southern Branch is the remainder of the South Island.
Click here to view the NZALPA Branch map
NZALPA is structured to ensure that groups of members employed by the same employer have the maximum opportunity to run their own day-to-day affairs. The rules allows them to form their own council. Councils specifically attend to the affairs of their own employment group, and may form smaller groups to monitor specific issues (such as a contract management group (CMG) – who ensure compliance of any agreed collective agreement).
NZALPA Branches and Councils may organise their own affairs within the rules of the Association and the policies laid down by the Annual Conference or the Board of Management. It should be noted that Branches and Councils are subject to control by the Board of Management.
New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Assoc. Industrial Union of Workers
2015 – 2016 Capt. M.E.C. Rammell
2013 – 2015 FO. W.L. Renwick
2011 – 2013 FO. G.C. Kenny
2005 – 2011 Capt. M.E.C. Rammell
2002 – 2005 Capt. P.R. Lyons
2000 – 2002 Capt. K.A. Molloy
1999 – 2000 FO. A.J. Ridling
1998 – 1999 Capt. N.A. Bamber
1997 – 1998 Capt. K.O. Pattie
1996 – 1997 Capt. M.A. Talbot
1995 – 1996 Capt. K.O. Pattie
1992 – 1995 Capt. M.A. Talbot
1991 – 1992 Capt. K.O. Pattie
1991 – 1991 Capt. G.K.C. Ogilvie
1989 – 1991 Capt. P.L. Hensby-Bennett
1986 – 1989 Capt. A. Dodwell
1983 – 1986 Capt. I.L. McAulay
1982 – 1983 Capt. E.P.M. Dowd
1981 – 1982 Capt. W.E. Startup
1979 – 1981 Capt. D.G. McAlister
1978 – 1979 Capt. E.P.M. Dowd
1977 – 1978 Capt. J. Wilson
1975 – 1977 Capt. F.M. Maguire
1974 – 1975 Capt. D.R.A. Eden
1973 – 1974 Capt. K.A. King
1972 – 1973 Capt. J.C. Priest
1971 – 1972 Capt. D.J. Barnston
1970 – 1971 Capt. D.R.A. Eden
1968 – 1970 Capt. A.L. Baggott
1967 – 1968 Capt. A.S. Forbes
1966 – 1968 Capt. E.P.M. Dowd
1964 – 1966 Capt. A.G. Vette
1962 – 1964 Capt. R.T. Mounsey
New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Industrial Union of Workers
1957 – 1958 Capt. W.B. Mackley
1958 – 1960 Capt. N.S. Toms
1960 – 1962 Capt. W.P.N. Clarke
The North Island Air Line Pilots’ Industrial Union of Workers
1948 – 1949 CMDR P.A. Matheson
1949 – 1950 Capt. D.W.G Keesing
1950 – 1952 Capt. R.T. Mounsey
1952 – 1953 Capt. D.W.G. Keesing
1953 – 1954 Capt. A.D. Carlaw
1954 – 1955 Capt. G.W. Miles
1955 – 1956 Capt. R.S. McHardy
1956 – 1957 Capt. R.A.L. Anderson
N.Z. Air Line Pilots’ Association Incorporated
1945 – 1947 Capt. K.A. Brownjohn
1947 – 1948 CMDR P.A. Matheson
1948 – 1950 Capt. D.W.G. Keesing
1950 – 1952 Capt. R.T. Mounsey
1952 – 1953 Capt. D.W.G. Keesing
1953 – 1954 Capt. A.D. Carlaw
1954 – 1955 Capt. G.W. Miles
1955 – 1956 Capt. R.S. McHardy
1956 – 1957 Capt. R.A.L. Anderson
1957 – 1958 Capt. R. Daniell
1958 – 1959 Capt. N.D. Freeman
1959 – 1960 Capt. F. Adeane
1960 – 1962 Capt. D. Gale
New Zealand Air Line Pilots’ Association
2016 Capt. K.A. Henderson
2012 Capt. S.G. Julian
2008 Mr J.F. Shore
2007 Capt. G.J. Fallow
2006 Capt. B.L. O’Neill
2004 Mr P.R. Robinson
2001 Capt. C.G. Payne
1994 Capt. P. Clements
1984 Capt. A.G. Vette
1982 Capt. F.M. NcGuire
1981 Capt. E.P.M. Dowd
1978 Capt. T.S. O’Shea
1977 Capt. A.L. Baggott
1972 Capt. E.H.M. Tredrea
1972 Capt. R.T. Mounsey
1970 Capt. N.D. Freeman
1965 Capt. D. Gale
New Zealand Air Traffic Controllers’ Association
Honorary Life Members
Mr M.J. Frost
Mr T.G. Miller
Mr E.B. Meachem
Mr G.N. McLindon
The Jim Collins Memorial Award
The Jim Collins Memorial Award was established in 1991 in memory of Captain Jim Collins and the crew of Air New Zealand flight TE901. It is the premier award of NZALPA and consists of a trophy engraved with a map of Antarctica upon which is marked the actual and expected flight tracks of TE 901. A miniature of the trophy is also presented for the recipient to keep.
This is a prestigious award presented to the recipient at the NZALPA Annual Conference dinner.
In 1989, during a speech commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Erebus tragedy, NZALPA President Peter Hensby-Bennett announced the creation of a memorial trophy to be called the “NZALPA Aviation Safety Trophy”. The trophy was to be awarded for significant contributions to aviation safety or for exceptional valour during an emergency.
In 1991 the family of Captain Jim Collins, pilot in command of the Erebus flight, joined with NZALPA to model the Aviation Safety Trophy into the Collins Family Award (since renamed the Jim Collins Memorial Award) for Exceptional Contribution to Aviation Safety. Collins’ eldest daughter presented the new award to NZALPA on 8th October of that year. Kathryn Collins said: “As a conscientious pilot, Captain Jim Collins was always concerned with the absolute safety of his aircraft, passengers and crew and the maintenance of their well-being. As a family, we feel that our father and husband would wish that anyone who had made a significant contribution to aircraft and aviation safety should be encouraged and shown the recognition that they deserve.” Nominations were called for the first conferment of the Award planned for November 28, 1991 – 12 years to the day following the accident.
The first awardee was none other than Captain A. Gordon Vette, discoverer of the optical phenomenon “sector whiteout” and the prime mover towards discovering the deeper malaise affecting the air transportation industry that allowed the Erebus tragedy to occur. Gordon sacrificed his career in this endeavour. While that would have destroyed most men he was hardly fazed, going on to found the Captain A.G. Vette Flight Safety Research Fund. This body’s first task was to find ways in which a forward-facing Ground Proximity Warning System could be developed. As a last resort, had it been available the Erebus accident may have been prevented. Nowadays we have just such a tool, Terrain Awareness Warning System. Up until March 2009, there have been no “controlled flight into terrain” accidents to any aircraft fitted with this invaluable safety device since their introduction in 1996. Gordon’s vision that such a device would indeed provide a strong safety net has been proven by this simple statistic.
Gordon was also instrumental in organising a mid-ocean rescue in 1978 while he was en-route to New Zealand from Fiji whilst in command of his DC10. A ferry pilot in a single-engined Cessna 188 aircraft had become lost en-route from Pago Pago to Norfolk Island. On being informed of this Gordon turned his airliner around and began looking for him. By using old navigation rules of thumb he managed to get close enough to the aircraft to establish VHF radio contact with him and direct him to Norfolk Island. The story was told in the film “Mercy Mission” (1993) starring Scott Bakula as the lost pilot Jay Prochnow, (in the film called Jay Parkins), and Robert Loggia playing Gordon.
2009 - Capt. Greg Fallow
Captain Greg Fallow is a Boeing 777 captain for Air New Zealand who has made a tremendous contribution to aviation safety over the years. An IFALPA accredited accident investigator, Capt. Fallow is well known for his contribution to safety in the aviation community and is accepted as a leading subject matter expert in human factors and fatigue management.
2009 - Hon. Justice Peter T. Mahon (Posthumously)
Justice Peter Thomas Mahon QC received the 2009 Jim Collins Award for his exceptional contribution to aviation safety. Justice Mahon’s controversial 1981 Royal Commission of Inquiry report into the 1979 Erebus air accident in Antarctica, cited organisational failure, ‘administration errors made by the Navigation Division’, as the primary factor of the accident, and exonerated the pilots from the blame that was apportioned to them in the 1980 Chippindale Report.
2006 - Capt. Paul McCarthy
Captain Paul McCarthy is a retired Delta Airlines captain who has made significant contributions to the civil aviation industry in New Zealand and in the US. His expertise in accident investigation, CVR analysis, legal and regulatory affairs has been utilised in NZ and abroad. He has been a long standing member of IFALPA, volunteering his knowledge on safety issues. His expertise was also utilised in the investigation in the 1995 Dash 8 accident in Palmerston North.
2004 – Ed Smart
Ed was an important participant in establishing a Controlled Flight Into Terrain programme [CFIT] for world aviation. We now have 20,000 airliners fitted with Enhanced Ground Proximity warning Systems [EGPWS] and have not had a CFIT accident of an EGPWS aircraft since the fitment of this equipment. Ed Smart has been vital to the continued improvement of safety in the air around New Zealand skies for many years.
2003 – Air New Zealand
The Air New Zealand investigating officers of the NZ60 ILS incident at Apia of 29 July 2000 did an outstanding job in determining the causes of the incident. For their perseverance and thoroughness in preparing the detailed report and recommendations they deserve the thanks and admiration of the operational crews and the wider aviation community. In acknowledging the work of the individual investigators, the Trustees wished to recognise the contribution made by Air New Zealand in encouraging this type of enquiry, for making available facilities and aircraft for flight testing, for arranging the advice and expertise of other experts, for preparing a training package and video and for making the report and video available to aviation interests worldwide.
2001- Peter Clements
Peter had almost single handedly produced 27 safety videos through his own company Dove Videos. In his own words “if they safe just one life they have been worth it.” Peter’s ethic in aviation has always been safety first. His priority has always been the desire to promote flight safety through this medium, and he has achieved outstanding results with the budgetary constraints.
2001 – Capt. Bruce Kivi
Captain Kivi persisted in maintaining the pilot position with regard to the safety issues in instituting major reductions in longitudinal and lateral separation. It resulted in the appropriate trials taking place and a more gradual implementation of reduced separations standards. The policy promoted by Captain Kivi to avoid unproven procedures being unilaterally introduced played a major part in ensuring the ongoing safety of flight in the Pacific Oceanic skies.
2000- Robert Scott
Robert Scott was recommended for outstanding airmanship throughout his flying career, in particular selection and training of pilots. Robert contributed to the safety of pilots trained in agricultural flying both helicopters and fixed wing.
1996 – Jim Wilson
His nominator described him as testimony to Helicopters NZ safety record, due to having Jim draw up the operations standards and manuals. Notably his work and visits to the Antarctic from 1979 and the procedures and documented standards that he set were also mentioned as contributing to his company’s high standing. His work with the 1995/96 Australian Antarctic Contract flying Sikorsky S-76A helicopters flying single pilot long range tasks up to 500nm was also noted in the nomination.
1996 – Craig Wilkie
His Nominator put his name forward as a person who had performed an act of exceptional airmanship. The nomination gave a detailed account of the Flight Assist of ZK DHS on 19 October 1995, where an aircraft with 5 passengers aboard, had an iced windscreen and was unsure of his position. His nominator noted that his calm and encouraging manner were the key elements to the eventual safe outcome of the assist. Craig throughout the ordeal continued his fantastic airmanship with reminders to scan, to check wings’ level, while reminding the pilot to continue “to fly the aircraft”.
1996 – Capt. Stu Julian
Captain Julian has made significant contributions to the cause of safety in Civil Aviation. Captain Julian is one of our modest, frequently unheralded professionals who work quietly in the background on extremely important projects. Stu has a long history of actively and effectively supporting technical issues on behalf of NZALPA. Stu has actively been an advocate for more safety systems in aircrafts and is a respected professional in the field of aviation safety.
1995 – Alan Lang
Alan Lang is Auckland International Airport Ltd’s wild Life Hazard Officer. Auckland Airport is sited on largely reclaimed land and as a result there is a potential danger from birds. His Nominator drew attention to dedication to the development of bird scaring techniques and his management of the environment to ensure the total bird numbers attracted to the airfield were reduced.
1993 - Mr Kevin and Mrs Susan Campbell
The Campbell's were involved in the investigation of the United 811 air crash in which their son along with 8 other passengers lost their lives. They rejected the findings of the original report, and their own individual investigation (which took them 40,000km around America) and perseverance paid off in determining that the original cause of the accident, cargo doors incorrectly locked, was not the cause but actually an electrical malfunction had caused it.
1992 - Mark Milner
Mark Milner was a Safety Officer with the Auckland International Airport Company and was described by his Nominator as being devoted to establishing and maintaining, at Auckland International Airport, airside and landside practices and procedures for the safe movement of ground personnel and equipment. Also noted was the Airside Driving Course and Permit scheme which he instigated along with his planning, implementation and evaluation of the Airport Emergency Procedures and the many training seminars and emergency exercises that have been held was.
1991 - Captain Alwyn Gordon Vette
Nominations drew attention to Captain Vette’s coordination and command of a rescue mission in the Pacific which earned him the Johnston memorial Award from the Guild of Air Pilots and the President’s Award from the McDonnell Douglas Corporation, his independent research into the causes of the Erebus accident, his publication and production of a book and video on the Erebus disaster (Impact Erebus) – proceeds from which go to the Captain A G Vette Flight Safety Research Fund, his assistance to students working on aviation safety matters, his continuing contribution to areas of ergonomics and human factors in flight safety and his active membership of the New Zealand Psychological Society – specialising in aviation psychology. Gordon was the recipient of a Presidential Citation from the International Federation of Airline Pilots' Associations at their annual conference in Auckland, March 2009.
The Captain Greg Vujcich Memorial Award
Captain Greg Vujcich passed away suddenly 9 November 2007. Greg was a B747 Captain and an instructor throughout his career with Air New Zealand, and was well respected as a member of the Association. Greg spent many years training Air New Zealand pilots, passing on his knowledge in an enthusiastic, informative and lasting manner.
The Association wants to recognise the contribution that Greg has made to the instruction of professional pilots in New Zealand aviation, to ensure that the memory of Greg and his excellent work with our members is not forgotten and to recognise other instructors that are worthy of receiving this Award in future.
Each year the Vice President and the Medical & Welfare Director of the Association shall seek nominations from throughout the aviation community for the Greg Vujcich Memorial Award. Any nominations received shall be presented to the Board of Management, together with a recommendation as to the suitability of the nominee/s to receive the Award in any given year. (There is no requirement for the award to be given in any year; this will be subject to the worthiness of the nominations received).
Mrs Joan Vujcich will be invited to discuss possible recipients of the Award with the responsible Principal Officers.
The permanent Award shall consist of a Waterford crystal vase to be appropriately engraved and maintained on display in the NZALPA registered office. A second crystal vase Award shall be presented to Mrs Joan Vucjich as a permanent memento of the esteem in which her late husband was held. When the Award is made, it shall be presented to the recipient at the dinner of the Association’s Annual Conference in June off each year; alternatively it may be presented at the Associations Board of Management Annual Christmas function in December. Following its presentation, the name of the recipient and year of recognition shall be engraved on the permanent Award in the NZALPA office.
The recipient will be presented with a miniature award which he/she may retain in perpetuity.
Prior membership of the Association shall be a prerequisite for receiving the Award, although a nominee need not be a current financial member at the time of receiving the Award.
2015 - Wayne Harrison
2014 - Mike Foster
2013 - Roger Read
2012 - Jack Melhopt
2011 - Ritchie de Montalk
2010 - Walter Wagtendonk
2009 - Simon Spencer-Bower
2008 - Ivon Warmington