On 18 April 2006 Air New Zealand and Qantas applied under section 88 of the Civil Aviation Act 1990 for approval of a Tasman Networks Agreement (TNA).

A decision on this application was to have been made by Hon Pete Hodgson to whom responsibility for this matter was delegated.

The application, the proposed TNA, and the views of third-parties that were forwarded to the Ministry, and other correspondence are posted below.

Application documents

Deletions to these documents are withheld under section 9(2)(b)(ii) of the Official Information Act 1982 on the grounds that the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information.

Tasman application to the Minister of Transport (PDF v7.0 374kb)

Tasman Network Agreement (TNA) (PDF v7.0 3,241kb)

Correspondence document downloads

Some deletions have been made in accordance with the Official Information Act and are identified on each document:

  • to protect the privacy of natural persons (section 9(2)(a));
  • that the making available of the information would be likely unreasonably to prejudice the commercial position of the person who supplied or who is the subject of the information (section 9(2)(b)(ii)); and
  • to maintain legal professional privilege (section 9(2)(h)).

Third-party views on application and associated Ministry correspondence


18 April 06 letter from the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (PDF v7.0 63kb)

 27 April 06 email from Wellington International Airport Limited (PDF v7.0  46kb)

28 April 06 email from a private company (PDF v7.0  62kb)

1 May 06 letter from a private company (PDF v7.0 30kb)

1 May 06 email from a member of the public (PDF v7.0 63kb)

3 May 06 email from a member of the public 1 (PDF v7.0, 11kb)

3 May 06 email from a member of the public 2 (PDF v7.0, 33kb)

3 May 06 email from a member of the public 3 (PDF v7.0, 39kb)

3 May 06 email from a member of the public 4 (PDF v7.0, 22kb)

5 May 06 letter from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 31kb)

5 May 06 email from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 16kb)

8 May 06 letter from the Mayor of Rotorua (PDF v7.0 64kb)

8 May 06 email from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 66kb)

9 May 06 letter from Invercargill Airport Limited (PDF v7.0, 221kb)

12 May 06 letter from Jumpjet Airlines Limited (PDF v7.0, 126kb)

13 May 06 email from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 23kb)

18 May 06 letter ftom the Wellington Chamber of Commerce (PDF v7.0, 288kb)

24 May 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 782kb)

May 06 letter from the South Australian Minister for Transport (PDF v7.0, 226kb)

May 06 letter from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 20kb)

1 June 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 199kb)

14 June 06 letter from Secretary for Transport to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 129kb)

19 June 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 95kb)

20 June 06 letter from the Travel Agents' Association (PDF v7.0, 116kb)

30 June 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 66kb)

25 July 06 letter from Hamilton International Airport (PDF v7.0, 203kb)
- view retracted by letter dated 17 October 2006.

26 July 06 letter from Tourism Industry Association (PDF v7.0, 107kb)

28 July 06 letter from a member of the public (PDF v7.0, 132kb)

28 July 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 100kb)

28 July 06 letter from the Ministry of Economic Development (PDF v7.0, 122kb)

28 July 06 letter from Rotorua Regional Airport (PDF v7.0, 84kb)

31 July 06 letter from NZ Hotel Council (PDF v7.0, 92kb)

31 July 06 letter from Business Hutt Valley and Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce (PDF v7.0, 67kb)

31 July 06 letter from Positively Wellington (PDF v7.0, 168kb)

31 July 06 letter from the Travel Agents' Association of New Zealand (PDF v7.0, 379kb)

31 July 06 letter from Welllington Regional Chamber of Commerce (PDF v7.0, 326kb)

31 July 06 submission from Wellington International Airport Limited (PDF v7.0, 606kb)

2 August 06 letter from The Treasury (PDF v7.0, 430kb)

3 August 06 paper from Prof Hazledine re pricing (PDF v7.0, 252kb)

3 August 06 paper from Prof Hazledine re competition (PDF v7.0, 195kb)

4 August 06 letter from Wellington Mayoral Forum (PDF v7.0, 27kb)

11 August 06 letter from member of the public (PDF v7.0, 44kb)

14 August 06 letter from the Mayor of Porirua (PDF v7.0, 49kb)

25 August 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 27kb)

25 August 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 42kb)

7 September 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 84kb)

8 September 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 182kb)

8 September 06 letter from Chapman Tripp - Appendix (PDF v7.0, 100kb)

12 September 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 114kb)

13 September 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 24kb)

15 September 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 167kb)

18 September 06 paper from Profs Gillen Hazledine re pricing (PDF v7.0, 153kb)

21 September 06 letter from McGregor and Company (PDF v7.0, 62kb)

25 September 06 letter from Chapman Tripp re Tretheway Report (PDF v7.0, 286kb)

September 06 letter from Chapman Tripp re Treasury submission (PDF v7.0, 275kb)

10 October 06 Prof Hazledine TNA submission (PDF v7.0, 43kb)

16 October 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 179kb)

17 October 06 letter from Hamilton International Airport (PDF v7.0, 639kb)

26 October 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 73kb)

26 October 06 letter from Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 37kb)

31 October 06 letter from Chapman Tripp re jurisdiction (PDF v7.0, 214kb)

31 October 06 letter from Chapman Tripp re NZ/UAE ASA (PDF v7.0, 205kb)

1 November 06 letter from MoT to Chapman Tripp (PDF v7.0, 21kb)



Ministry correspondence with applicants and responses

Note: Bell Gully is the address for applicant correspondence.

16 June 06 letter from MoT to Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 20kb)

27 July 06 letter from MoT to Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 23kb)

14 August 06 letter from Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 67kb)

3 August 06 legal opinion by Alan Galbraith QC (PDF v7.0, 182kb)

10 August 06 legal opinion by David Goddard QC (PDF v7.0, 538kb)

28 July 06 letter from MoT to Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 379kb)

31 August 06 public response from Bell Gully to MOT 28 July 06 requests Tranche 1 (PDF v7.0, 1,258kb)

9 October 06 public Response from Bell Gully to MOT 28 July 06 requests Tranche 2 (PDF v7.0, 185kb)

28 July 06 Air New Zealand speech to Aviation Industry Association (PDF v7.0, 224kb)

21 August 06 public Tretheway response to LECG (PDF v7.0, 3,679kb)

29 August 06 letter from MoT to Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 103kb)

10 October 06 public response from Bell Gully - applicants' response to third party submissions (PDF v7.0, 325kb)

7 November 06 letter from MoT to Bell Gully and Russell McVeagh(PDF v7.0, 199kb)

22 November 06 letter from Bell Gully (PDF v7.0, 31kb)

22 November 06 letter from Russell McVeagh (PDF v7.0, 27kb)

Meeting with Air New Zealand

On Monday, 28 August 2006 officials from the Ministry of Transport met with senior executives from Air New Zealand and a partner from Bell Gully so that Air New Zealand could reveal its Tasman Networks Agreement counterfactual. Air New Zealand has requested that the contents of this meeting be treated as confidential. The Ministry of Transport has assessed the notes of the meeting as withholdable under sections 9(2)(b)(ii) and 9(2)(ba) of the Official Information Act 1982.