Craig Emeny, of the Chatham Islands, ONZM, for services to aviation and the community
Mr Emeny’s business, Air Chathams, meets the Chatham Islands’ needs with a limited runway. It is the main transport service to and from the Islands, and he has continued this service where others have withdrawn. Air Chathams went from being a small commuter/charter and freight service to connecting the Chathams to mainland New Zealand daily. The service now extends to Whakatane and Whanganui and has provided an air service for the outlying Tonga islands. Mr Emeny has also invested in emergency aircraft and capability for life flight and serious injury transfers. He is a past Chairman of Te One School Board of Trustees. He and his wife have supported community fundraisers, often providing free transport for people and freight, provided sponsorship and supported local families.