About Te Anau Airport

Meet the Crew

Evan Pearce Airport Manager

EvanOur Airport Manager, Evan Pearce flew ski planes in the Southern Alps for 5 years between 1985 and 1990 before entering the Airline Industry with Mount Cook Airline.

From there Evan has been flying internationally on the Boeing 737NG. He also owns and operates an Aviation Safety Management Company, which focuses on Safety Management and Accident Investigation and contracts throughout NZ and the South Pacific.

Evan has been working for Te Anau Airport Manapouri for the past 8 years initially as Quality Assurance Manager then as Airport Manager.

Erik Barnes CEO

Murray Graham Quality Assurance Manager

Lee MacGillivray Administrator/Ground Handling

Bill Black Ground Handler

Graeme Peek Ground Handler

Russell Baker Local Senior Flight Instructor 027 4343008

Background and History

There have been two airstrips in the Te Anau Basin for at least 30 years. The Waiau strip was owned by Southland District Council's predecessor, the Wallace County Council, and after 1989, Council assumed responsibility for it. The Manapouri strip, which was sealed, was privately owned by Mt Cook and then Air New Zealand until 2002, when the company offered it up for sale by public tender.

Discussions over the importance of the a sealed airstrip to the basin's economy had been held previously, but Air NZ gave interested parties only two weeks to put their tenders in so Council went ahead. Council's tender of $401,000 was accepted by Air New Zealand.

Te Anau is the gateway to Fiordland and with increasing tourism and residential growth in the area at that time, Council had a responsibility for well-planned infrastructure. About 22 councils own airports throughout New Zealand.

Consolidation to one airport was always the focus of the Te Anau Community Board and all lessees at the Waiau site were informed by letter in 2002 that the plan was to move to Manapouri.