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Richard Waugh

Richard Waugh QSM is a New Zealand aviation historian and chaplain. He has authored and co-authored twelve books on aspects of New Zealand’s civil aviation history and organised many aviation historical events, including for several air accidents. He is Hon. Chaplain to the Company of Air Pilots (formerly Air Pilots Guild) and has served since 1998.

 In addition to his theological training, his tertiary qualifications include a degree in New Zealand history (Massey University), an MBA degree (University of Auckland) and a Ministry Doctorate (Asbury Theological Seminary USA).

Richard is a well-known national church leader, Senior Minister of East City Wesleyan Church in Auckland, National Superintendent of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of New Zealand and active in many aspects of national church life. The photograph (above) was taken during his participation in the televised service at the Marsden Cross in Northland on Christmas Day 2014 for the bicentennial of the first Christian mission to Aotearoa New Zealand.

 Rev. Dr Waugh lives in Howick, Auckland, is married to Jane, an architect, and they have three young adult children.

 (h) 09 5339400 or (m) 022 533 9400

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Graeme McConnell

Graeme is a long-time aviation historian, specialising in general New Zealand airline development, and has co-authored many books, including ‘NAC – The Illustrated History of New Zealand National Airways Corporation 1947-1978’ (2007) and ‘The Story of Nelson Aviation’ (2013). He has been an active member of the Aviation Historical Society of New Zealand since 1962

With a working background as Survey Draughtsman/Land Information Officer, Graeme has produced maps and graphics for many aviation books and projects. Over the years he has produced the layout and graphics (and sometimes done the placement) of 20 permanent bronze plaques throughout New Zealand commemorating various historic aviation events, such as the national memorial to the 1963 Kaimai Range air accident.

A life-long resident of Nelson, Graeme has been married to Pam for 44 years. They have two daughters and three young grandchildren.

(h) 03 5450975

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Allan Boyce (JP) 

Allan is an active member of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots, The Royal Aeronautical Society, The Royal Institute of Navigation, and the New Zealand Helicopter Association.

His undergraduate degree was in aviation instructional design and crew resource management. His master’s degree was in aviation management systems.

Allan has recently retired from active professional flying after fifty years as a pilot, mainly as a long haul airline pilot. He held a NZCAA Flight Examiner: Airline rating on three aircraft types. He is involved in his family’s helicopter charter business as managing director.

(h) 09 530 8880

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John King

John has been continuously involved in aviation since joining NZ National Airways Corporation in 1965, and he earned his private pilot’s licence two years later. He is a council member of the Sport Aircraft Association, a life member of the Tiger Moth Club and a member of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

His photojournalism career, specialising in aviation, began in 1972, and since the mid-1980s John has written nine books, including New Zealand Tragedies: Aviation Accidents and Disasters, and co-authored two more aviation histories.

He has edited the monthly publication New Zealand Aviation News since February 2008 as well as editing the quarterly Sport Flying from 1997.

(m) 027 482 3584

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Alec Waugh

Alec Waugh is a retired Police Superintendent.

 He holds a bachelor’s degree in New Zealand history from Massey University and a masters’ degree in public policy from Victoria University. He has long-time familiarity with the aviation industry, with his late father a wartime pilot with No. 75 (NZ) Squadron and post-war pioneer South Island pilot. In 2009 he helped organise and lead 75thanniversary events on the West Coast for New Zealand’s first airline.

 Alec has extensive community involvement including U3A, Government Superannuitants Association and Kaspanz. 

 Alec recently moved to Nelson.

(h) 09 489 9711