Chairman's statement on behalf of Air New Zealand
Mr Carter noted that the Crown's shareholding in the publicly listed airline gives it equal rights to all other ordinary shareholders.
Mr Carter drew attention to recent examples where the Regional Economic Development Minister has publicly criticised Air New Zealand in relation to operational decisions regarding regional air services, while at the same time making reference to the Crown's 51% shareholding.
"Any appearance of a lack of commercial independence is viewed seriously by the Air New Zealand Board and is ultimately potentially damaging to the interests of all shareholders, including the Crown."
Issued by Air New Zealand Communications.
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