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Air New Zealand grounds Far North

The announcement by Air New Zealand to close services from Kaitaia to Auckland will be an absolute disaster for the Far North, Labour MP for Te Tai Tokerau Kelvin Davis says.

 “Air New Zealand is sending a signal to the rest of the country that the North is closed for business.

“It does nothing to remedy an already tough economic climate in the North and will make it even more difficult to attract investments in an area that is already suffering hardship.

 “The longest part of any journey to Auckland will now be the drive from Kaitaia to the nearest airport, Kerikeri. 

“Air New Zealand did not consult with the community on any changes. Its decision to generate profit for its stakeholders obviously outweighs any corporate responsibility it has for Far North communities,” Kelvin Davis said.