Strong partnerships deliver new Bay of Islands Airport terminal building

Published: Aug 6, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020

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Partnerships prove to be the key to the new Bay of Islands Airport terminal building – which was officially opened in June.

When the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) was launched in February 2018, the upgrade of the Bay of Islands Airport terminal building was among the first projects announced to receive funding.

At the official opening of the building Far North Holdings Limited (FNHL) Chief Executive Andy Nock said the development would not have taken place without the PGF’s $1.75 million investment. Mr Nock expressed it was strong and effective partnerships which led to the project’s success.

“Our new airport terminal was made possible out of partnership – with central government, local government, Northland Inc, tangata whenua, community and business owners.”

The upgrade of the terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport was one of a number of projects from Far North Holdings identified as priorities for investment in the Tai Tokerau Economic Action Plan.

The old airport terminal building had reached capacity after passenger numbers grew from 61,303 passenger movements in 2014 to over 110,000 in 2019.

Far North District Council Mayor John Carter was pleased his area had received the much needed attention and investment. The Far North had been “playing catch-up” in terms of infrastructure, he said.

“This building reflects what we can achieve when we work together to deliver for the community. It’s about our people and our future – when we work together it’s better for our community and our nation.”

The construction of the new terminal was underpinned by strong partnership between FNHL and local Māori. The terminal now has a number of design features that visibly celebrate Māori culture.

Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Rehia chairman Kipa Munro spoke positively about the relationship between FNHL and Ngāti Rehia and what that relationship had meant for the Bay of Islands Airport project.

“We were invited right at the beginning to have a look at the terminal concepts and the design features. Our aim was to make sure our DNA and culture was throughout the building. When people see how Te Reo has been incorporated in the terminal, they know they’re somewhere with a strong Māori focus.”

Pita Tipene, the chairperson of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hine is upbeat about the development and the support the project received from central government.

“For small provincial towns like ours, the airport is our face to the world. Now we have a building we can be proud of – that reflects the land and tangata whenua. It’s a strong symbol for the growth and promise of our region.”

Four people in front of the new terminal building at Bay of Islands Airport.

The view of the new terminal building from the tarmac at Bay of Islands Airport.