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NZ climbs passport rankings, vaccine requirements stifle travel mobility

New Zealand passport has quietly climbed to 6th place in the power rankings. This is up two places since the start of the pandemic, leapfrogging both the US and UK passports which grant 185 visa free travel destinations Based on data from the Internatinoal Air Transport Association IATA, the annual rankings compare passports by the […]

Indonesia to reopen Bali to several international flights, including New Zealand

Indonesia plans to reopen the airport in the resort island of Bali for international flights on October 14, after closing it for more than a year because of the Covid-19 pandemic. International arrivals must show proof of hotel bookings for a mandatory eight-day quarantine. Indonesia, the world’s fourth-most populous country, has recorded more than 4.2 […]

$1.4 billion investment in the Bay of Plenty’s transport system

$1.4 billion of the $24.3 billion National Land Transport Fund has been applied to Bay of Plenty roading projects. The spend will include continued work along 35.8kms of State Highway 2 between Waihī and Ōmokoroa, and a further 36kms between Wainui Road and Ōpōtiki. Other key projects will see the delivery of the State Highway […]

Air New Zealand and Airbus launch zero-emissions aircraft project

Air New Zealand and global aviation giant Airbus have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to analyse hydrogen aircraft’s impact on its network, operations, and infrastructure. Air New Zealand aims to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, while Airbus aims to develop a zero-emission commercial aircraft by 2035. Airbus has a project called ZEROe which looks to […]

Air NZ plans to be flying electric aircraft by 2030

In an interview for Capa – Centre of Aviation, Air New Zealand chief operational integrity and safety officer David Morgan said Air New Zealand would have an electric aircraft in its fleet by 2030. He went on to say that the company would be carbon neutral by 2050. As Air New Zealand looks to replace […]

One-way quarantine-free travel for RSE workers to commence in October

The first stage of one-way quarantine-free travel with Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu will commence in October, initially for RSE workers from those countries, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “We want to provide certainty to the horticulture industry that we are moving forward with safe quarantine-free travel for RSE […]

Expired WoFs, licences and regos to be valid until 30 November 2021

As a result of the Delta outbreak, driver licences, Warrants of Fitness (WoFs), Certificates of Fitness (CoFs), vehicle licences (‘regos’) and licence endorsements that expired on or after 21 July 2021 will be valid until 30 November 2021, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today. “While this extension won’t officially be in force until next […]

Kapiti Food Fair returning in 2021

Tickets for this year’s The Kapiti Food Fair will soon be available. The Fair will be held at the Mazengarb Reserve on Saturday, December the 4th. With over 250 vendors on-site and live performances, the Fair is a major annual event for Kapiti. The Kapiti Food Fair was established in 2008 as a community event […]

Air New Zealand releases domestic schedule under new alert levels

Air New Zealand has shared its updated schedule for domestic flights over the next week, as the country outside Auckland moves to alert level 3. The airline has also confirmed it is extending its Covid-19 flexibility policy for domestic travel until the end of October. This means the fee for changing bookings will be waived, […]