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Air New Zealand sustainability panel appoints three members

written by Adam Thorn | March 29, 2021
Sam Mostyn (Air New Zealand)

Air New Zealand has appointed three new members to join its panel set up to develop the airline’s sustainability strategy.

Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours director Nadine ToeToe, Sysdoc chairman and founder Katherine Corich and sustainability adviser Sam Mostyn have taken up the roles while founding member Dame Anne Salmond has stepped down.

It comes after the airline in January agreed to back the government’s mandate to reduce carbon emissions in the transport sector.

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ToeToe is the director of Kohutapu Lodge & Tribal Tours, a whānau-owned and operated tourism business located in Ngāti Manawa Tribal Lands in Murupara

She is of Ngai Tai descent, and has created experiences for the tamariki (children) of the area through local schools.

Mostyn is a non-executive director and sustainability adviser, and has held governance roles across business, sustainability and climate change. Mostyn is also the president of Chief Executive Women, and the chair of Citi Australia, the Foundation for Young Australians, ANROWS, and Ausfilm. She also serves on the board of The Climate Council.

Finally, Corich is the founder of Sysdoc, a global service provider “delivering transformational change, simplification and efficiency programs”. She also qualified as a commercial pilot.

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Air New Zealand’s chief operational integrity and safety officer, David Morgan, said, “A major part of our Kia Mau company strategy is Ambitious Action on decarbonisation and keeping sustainability a key focus for Air New Zealand.

“Our panel plays a critical role in shaping our sustainability agenda and ensuring the airline continues to drive impact in this space.

“The three members add a wealth of sustainability knowledge and experience into an already very talented panel, joining Sir Jonathon Porritt (chair), Dr Susanne Becken, and Professor Tim Jackson.”

The announcements come as the aviation industry worldwide comes under increasing pressure to reduce its carbon footprint – earlier in 2020, for instance, a British court ruled London Heathrow couldn’t build a third runway because of environmental concerns.

Meanwhile, in August 2020, Melbourne Airport said it would switch on its enormous solar farm this month, following similar projects installed at Karratha, Adelaide and Brisbane.

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