Two years ago, airlines operating from Auckland Airport were running on fumes.

A rogue digger operation had resulted in the rupture of the Marsden Point to Wiri pipeline responsible for supplying aviation fuel to the gateway meant airlines for a period were down to 30 per cent of normal fuel rations.

But aside from quintessentially Kiwi way it happened, it wasn't a complete surprise.


In 2012, Air New Zealand warned a government department the airport pinch point was vulnerable to a supply shock and storage was inadequate. There was no action.

Now the Government inquiry into the crisis has