New Zealand Society of Air Safety Investigators

NZSASI Officers

Jim Burtenshaw
Jim Burtenshaw | President
Mike Zaytsoff | Vice-President
Mike Zaytsoff | Vice-President
Wayne Jones
Wayne Jones | Secretary/Treasurer
Alister Buckingham | International Councillor
Alister Buckingham | International Councillor

A brief history

In October 1984, a group of like-minded New Zealand-resident ISASI members decided to bid for the hosting of the 1986 ISASI seminar. For the record, these august gentlemen were: Ron Chippindale, George Oldfield, Selwyn Hetherington, Peter Rhodes, and Ivan Strathern. Their bid was successful, and the seminar was held in Rotorua in October 1986, a venue that proved to be very popular – and profitable. The net surplus was approximately NZ$38,000, half of which was remitted to ISASI in accordance with seminar policy.


Now well provided for financially, NZSASI officially began life at its inaugural meeting in Auckland on 3 September 1987, attended by seven members, with an apology for one unable to attend (chances are that he was out on an accident site somewhere). The Society’s first Executive comprised: Ron Chippindale, President; Selwyn Hetherington, Vice-President; George Oldfield, Secretary/Treasurer; and Peter Rhodes, Chairman Membership Committee. The NZSASI Constitution was adapted from the parent Society’s.

Small beginnings, but membership rose to around the 70 mark over the years, and remained reasonably steady until 2020-21. The profound effect of Covid-19 on aviation was reflected in the membership numbers as of the date of the 2021 BGM – 43, including seven Life Members. There are also three New Zealand Corporate Members.

The last ISASI seminar hosted by NZSASI was held in Auckland over the week of 22-27 September 1996. This was another very popular seminar (and profitable – it doubled the Society’s already heathy bank balance). Planning was well under way to host the 2012 ISASI seminar in Auckland, but it became evident that it was too great a financial risk for NZSASI to continue. Other factors were involved, but financial jeopardy was the main reason for abandoning the project.



The next ANZSASI seminar will be held in Auckland in June 2024. See details under Events.

Current NZSASI Officers

President: Jim Burtenshaw
Vice-President: Mike Zaytsoff

Secretary/Treasurer: Wayne Jones

NZ Councillor: Alister Buckingham

Past Presidents

1987-2004: Ron Chippindale

2004-2010: Peter Williams

2010-2012: Alan Moselen

2012-2017: Alister Buckingham

2017-2019: Graham Streatfield

2019-2021: Paul Breuilly

2021-2023: Alister Buckingham

Presidents Report

NZSASI Constitution

Forthcoming Events

Although there are no NZSASI events scheduled before the 2024 seminar, the monthly series of webinars in conjunction with the Honourable Company of Air Pilots (formerly GAPAN) continues.


We have had several great presentations to date; Mike is always on the lookout for future presenters, so if any member from either society has a good investigation story (which could be one from a previous seminar), Mike would be pleased to hear from you.


These webinars are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 1000 NZST (0800 AEST). For non-members (of HCAP/ANZSASI) wishing to participate, please let Mike know in advance at Mike Zaytsoff as there is a cap on the number of participants (a Zoom account limit).


Thanks are due to ASASI for graciously allowing NZSASI to share their website; the groundwork for this was done by our 2019-2021 Executive – Paul Breuilly (Pres) and Lou Child (VP and latterly Sec/Treas).

The NZSASI page will be updated from time to time as new events or information come to hand. NZSASI newsletters will also be posted periodically.

Wayne Jones
Wayne Jones | Secretary/Treasurer