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‘Improving Performance’ is the theme of the 2017 Aviation New Zealand Conference to be held at the Distinction in Hamilton on 24 and 25 July’, said Aviation NZ Chief Executive John Nicholson.

“Improving Performance,’ be it improving safety, knowledge or saving money, is critically important for the future of the aviation industry in New Zealand. The conference will give attendees insights and understanding so that individually and collectively, performance can be improved.

An impressive range of speakers has been lined up. They include Graeme Harris (Director of Civil Aviation), Liz Wotherspoon (Icehouse), Neil Hygate and Steph Dillon (Ministry of Defence), Prof Philippa Gander (Sleep Wake Centre), Arden Jennings (Aviation Co-op), Capt Simon Nicholson and Capt Chris Mehlhopt (HIMS), Lesley Bird (NZ Police) and Martin Wouters (Manage Company).

Sue Moroney, Labour List MP from Hamilton will be providing a political perspective.

‘Importantly’ said Nicholson ‘three kiwi companies which have developed world class technologies in New Zealand for the global market, will talk about what they’ve done and how they are succeeding internationally’. These companies are great role models.

The conference includes a two day trade show with 29 exhibitors and a gala awards dinner on 25 July when the industry will recognise its best and brightest. Delegates and trade fair participants from Australia, Canada, the European Union and North America will be attending.

A joint Aviation NZ/MetService scholarship will allow two aviation trainees, Claire Reweti from Nelson Aviation College and Joshua Bywater from Massey University School of Aviation, to attend the conference and help progress their aviation careers.

The conference provides an opportunity for the leaders of today and tomorrow to spend time together, gain knowledge and improve decision making so that the industry achieves its growth potential.

For more information: http://www.aia.org.nz/Conference.html