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"Welcome to the JNP Aviation Training Whānau. We proudly call ourselves a whānau because our team, like any family, share a commitment to a common set of values. We understand and appreciate the true value of people and family and strive to provide empowerment through shared knowledge and collaboration." 

Parent company JNP Aviation is an award-winning (Tauranga Business Award 2021, Workplace Safety) aviation ground-handling company, with beginnings dating back to 2006 when young Niuean-Māori, Josh Payne, started work on the ramp as a contractor  at Whakatane Airport. From there, JNP Aviation began to grow, diversifying into all areas of airport management. Now with over 12o employees JNP Aviation provides ground-handling services for Air New Zealand at up to 16 ports across New Zealand, including at its main port, Tauranga Airport. 

From JNP Aviation’s inception, Josh has taken under his wing many Whakatane youngsters and often members of their whānau, to give them an opportunity and for some a new start in life. Josh has seen many of his staff pathway into other JNP Aviation roles or to Air New Zealand, from ‘rampie’ to ramp manager, to team leader – even to flight attendant and pilot.  Josh resonates with people like himself, who didn’t walk into university straight after school but for whom – given the opportunity to work hard, and with meaningful support and guidance – opportunities can be endless.

Josh recognised the need for qualifications in the aviation ground operations area – for innovative and practical education (not paper-based, cross crediting) designed to provide a viable pathway for all those ramp agents across New Zealand to be able to gain industry-specific skills and valuable soft skills, to improve their employment prospects in aviation and beyond.

JNP Aviation Training was registered a Private Training Establishment (PTE) and an ideal vocational education hub, in August 2021. Our logo showcases the karearea (New Zealand falcon) – a bird endemic to Aotearoa, and capable of flying at speeds of up to 200 km/h and catching prey larger than itself. For Josh, this symbol represents power and strength from someone fighting above their weight.

Mā te rongo, ka mōhio; mā te mōhio; ka mārama.

From listening comes knowledge, from knowledge comes understanding, from understanding comes wisdom, from wisdom comes well-being.

Ua sau le va’a na tiu, ‘ae tali le va’a na tau, o lo’omamau lago o le va’a na fao afolau.

A safe and prosperous journey is welcomed bY THose who support them

A person serving a customer at an airport cargo facilityA person removing the break blocks in front of an airplaneA member of the JNP Aviation team posing by a planeA lady from the JNP aviation team removing luggage from a carosel

WELCOME TO AVIATION WHĀNAU!


JNP Aviation is an award-winning (Tauranga Business Award 2021, Workplace Safety) aviation ground-handling company with beginnings dating back to 2006 when young Māori-Nuiean Josh Payne (Ngāpuhi, Aotearoa and Village Avatele, Niue), started work on the ramp as a contractor at Whakatane Airport. From there JNP Aviation began to grow, diversifying into all areas of airport management. Now with over 100 employees – comprising 35% Pacific and/Māori and with one-third identifying as female – JNP Aviation provides ground-handling services for Air New Zealand at up to 16 ports across New Zealand including at its main port, Tauranga Airport. 

JNP Aviation Training was registered as a Private Training Establishment (PTE) in August 2021. We are now an NZQA Category One Provider. CEO, Josh Payne recognised the need for qualifications in the aviation ground operations area. JNP Aviation Training provides innovative and practical education designed to provide a viable pathway for all those ramp agents across New Zealand. Existing staff and new learners can gain industry-specific skills and valuable soft skills, to improve employment prospects within the aviation field. Josh has seen many of his staff pathway into other aviation roles from ‘rampie’ to ramp manager, to team leader – even to flight attendant and pilot.

We were very fortunate to acquire a decommissioned aircraft from Air New Zealand. An innovative learning tool for people working and learning in aviation; including Emergency Services, Aviation Ground Operations for de-icing, ground ops training, health, safety & security practices. Not only is this aircraft a training tool, but it is a symbol of whanaungatanga held between JNP Aviation and Mana whenua, especially those from Whareroa marae.

At JNP Aviation Training you will receive expert hands-on training leading to New Zealand qualifications and the opportunity to find your dream job in the aviation industry. We will provide you with the best possible opportunity to gain the highest standards in the industry giving you that competitive edge.

You will gain tangible industry experience with leading aviation ground handling company JNP Aviation and NZQA-approved qualifications and micro-credentials with JNP Aviation Training.

We look forward to supporting you on your journey.

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