Martin Vanderdonk


Cargo Wellington handles both National and International Import/Export of freight. This is a seven day operation run by shift work staff over a period of 20 hours a day.

We are also the Handling Agent for Qantas Airlines and Air Chathams. Cargo is an essential and profitable part of Air New Zealand as a Company. It's made up of great people from Management right to the Clerical and Stores people. We all care about the business and are continuing to strive to make it more profitable, efficient and an enjoyable, safe place to work. I work in Cargo because I enjoy the type of work that it entails, the challenges that it offers and the people contact that I make; both customer and fellow staff. I believe it is the ‘people’ within the business that has made Cargo a great place.

Where did your journey start and where’s your journey taken you so far with Air New Zealand?

I have been with the company for 42 years. I started in the head office in 1970 in the Finance Department attaining the positions of Accounts Payable Controller and also Pay Officer for the Wellington region. Due to the merger of both N.A.C. and Air New Zealand Mark 1, I stayed in Wellington and transferred to the Cargo Department and have remained there.

Where do you hope your journey will take you?

At this stage of my career, I hope to help and teach new staff who are entering the business the various functions of the job and help them adapt to the Air New Zealand Cargo culture. I also look forward to my well earned retirement.

What Air New Zealand value do you feel you best represent and why?

I am proud to represent Air New Zealand in Cargo. It's a business that is essential to the New Zealand economy in delivering a high quality of service for our export and import customers, which it does very well. Air New Zealand as a whole, represents New Zealand and we do things in the ‘Kiwi way’. I believe that I am a people person. I care for customers and for staff.

What's the best story you've been able to tell after a day at work?

Doing the job to the best of my ability and of it being well done has given me great satisfaction.

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