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Off the Ground - 3, The Modern Pioneers

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1982

For many years seaplane bases were more important to Auckland and Wellington than air fields.
– Peter Clements
This was Rongotai’s day. A far cry from the time when it had only one man on its permanent staff. He’d forecast the weather by stepping out of his hut and gazing at the Rimutakas …
– Peter Clements
It must be one of the most beautiful airports in the world.
– Jean Batten on Auckland Airport
My wife and I had a fantastic time starting and developing the amphibian services to Great Barrier Island. Down the ramp into the damp, a shower of spray and we’re away! What marvellous people out in the island.
– Captain Fred Ladd on flying to Great Barrier Island