South Island | Christchurch International Airport Master Plan

4:30pm Thursday, 1 June 2017
7:30pm Thursday, 1 June 2017
Chateau on the Park - A DoubleTree by Hilton
189 Deans Avenue Riccarton
Christchurch, Canterbury 8011
New Zealand

With tourism officially out-stripping dairy as the country's top export earner, it is a fair call to say that an international airport is the engine room for the prosperity of a region. Independent estimates indicate that for every $1 Christchurch Airport earns, the wider South Island economy earns $50. In fact, even the addition of one international airline seat into Christchurch generates an average of 7.5 commercial guest nights into the South Island. Having a successful gateway to the South Island is imperative to the regeneration of Christchurch.

Join us to hear from Malcolm Johns, CEO of Christchurch International Airport as he discusses the airport's strategy and the impact this has on Christchurch, the South Island and New Zealand, touching on the three areas of CIAL's business; planes, passengers and property. We also welcome Bill Gregory, Principal at Warren and Mahoney who will provide a sneak-peek into the Novotel Christchurch Airport development.

Tickets include canapés and refreshments.


Malcolm Johns 

Malcolm has been the Chief Executive of Christchurch International Airport since January 2014. Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive of InterCity Group (NZ) Ltd for nine years and Deputy Chair of Tourism New Zealand for six years to November 2013. He was appointed director of Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand in December 2013 and is the current chair of the New Zealand Airports’ Association.

Christchurch Airport is a long-haul international airport and the largest tourism business in New Zealand’s South Island. The island’s tourism industry generates around 3.6 million international airline passengers a year, supports 63,000 jobs and is worth circa $6 billion per annum to the New Zealand economy.

Christchurch International Airport has assets of $1.2 billion, land area of around 840 hectares, main runway length of 3.29 km and cross-wind runway length of 1.74 km. A strategy reset has seen 780,000 new airline seats added in the past 18 months (now totalling 7.9 million p.a. with ten commercial airlines); the company has launched an ambitious $600 million property development programme over the next decade, with $170 million in the pipeline in the next two years; and has moved to significantly lift dividend flows to shareholders over the next five years. 


Bill Gregory

Bill Gregory joined Warren and Mahoney in 1982 and was made a Principal in 2003.   

As one of Warren and Mahoney’s principal design architects, Bill enjoys close working relationships with many of New Zealand’s ‘larger scale’ specialists and consultants, and has played a key role in the successful design and delivery of a number of notable large-scale projects. 

With a strong background in larger commercial, health and institutional, and infrastructure projects, Bill’s broad abilities and experience enable him to contribute in a number of areas from design to development to project management. An excellent listener, he enjoys solving complex problems and making sure that solutions are as simple possible and well understood by his clients.  

Bill’s wide-ranging technical skills include the effective management of IT/CAD systems, freehand sketching, and services coordination for complex buildings. However, his most valuable skill maybe his ability to lead the diverse team of specialists that it takes to keep a large scale project on track, on time, and on budget. 

Bill leads Warren and Mahoney’s health team.  He is a member of both the Christchurch Urban Design Panel and the Christchurch Polytechnic Spatial and Design Advisory Group.


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