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The New Zealand Air Line Pilots' Association Newsletter. As of April 2020 Uplink ALPA is a 6-monthly publication.

Upcoming events

Peer Assistance Network (PAN) Committee Meeting

11 May 2017, NZALPA House

The inaugural Peer Assistance Network (PAN) committee meeting will begin paving the way for the renamed and wider Peer Assistance Network New Zealand. Until now, PAN has been an initiative run by NZALPA representatives only, but with airlines increasingly seeing the value in the programme, it is now to become an independent body. So far, Air New Zealand and Jetconnect have joined the effort and the committee will be discussing how best to utilise their participation.

Peer Support Volunteers Training Day

12 May 2017, NZALPA House

The first of two Peer Support Volunteers (PSV) training days will be held on 12 May. The session will focus on conversational skills to support those undergoing stressful events in their lives. The training will have both theoretical and practical components to best prepare PSVs to support their colleagues.

IFALPA Professional and Government Affairs (PGA) committee meeting

13-14 June 2017, Crowne Plaza, Auckland

NZALPA will host the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Association’s (IFALPA) Professional and Government Affairs (PGA) committee meeting on June 13 and 14. The PGA committee agenda covers a wide range of issues including IFALPA/ICAO Air Service agreement development; CEA/IEA negotiations within IFALPA member associations; pilot-employment models and IFALPA best practice; Government and Regulator lobbying, Trans-national airlines and industry globalisation.

Many of IFALPA’s senior experts in these topics will be present in Auckland. NZALPA will likely have two or three of its own delegates at the meeting and host a delegate dinner on the evening of June 13.

NZALPA Annual Conference

20-22 June 2017, Sudima Hotel, Christchurch Airport

Keep up to date with the latest industry developments and challenges, and stay informed of the plans and progress your union representatives have made at NZALPA’s biggest event of the year. The three-day conference will include presentations, panel discussions and plenary and sub-committee sessions around the theme of Liberalisation of airspace: opportunities and challenges.

The conference is also a time to thank newly-retired members for their contribution to NZALPA, as well as recognise and honour individual outstanding contributions to aviation with the presentation of the prestigious Jim Collins Memorial Award and the Greg Vujcich Memorial Award.

This year also sees the inaugural presentation of the Stewart Cameron Memorial Award, recognising the value and contribution of Peer Assistance Network volunteers. It’s a great opportunity to meet and catch-up with fellow pilots and air traffic controllers, discuss the important issues and have your say.

A cocktail event is held on the evening of the first day, with invited guests including industry stakeholders, and a conference dinner on day two. NZALPA invites members from throughout New Zealand to come together for the Christchurch-hosted conference – the peak decision-making event of the year.

IFATCA Conference

19-21 October 2017, Rydges Hotel, Wellington

NZALPA is proud to host this year’s Asia-Pacific International Federation of Air Traffic Controllers’ Associations (IFATCA) conference, which will bring together more than 100 air traffic controllers (ATCs) to discuss important issues that affect air safety and efficiency.

IFATCA represents more than 50,000 professional ATCs from more than 100 countries. The increase in air traffic in the Asia Pacific region is forecast to be significantly higher than any other region in the world over the next 10 years, and the industry needs to establish ways to cope together.

The conference will include representatives from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), who will discuss wider international issues affecting the industry and profession.


Interest-based bargaining courses

  • 2-4 May 2017
  • 31 May-1 June 2017
  • 1-3 August 2017
  • 17-19 October 2017

The interest-based bargaining, also known as principled negotiation, course has been designed by former General Aviation Advocate Katie Rowsell and Adam Nicholson, who attended the Harvard Programme on Negotiation in 2016. Participants will be taught how to get the most out of negotiations and create better outcomes.

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