Director of Civil Aviation

Following a first career in the Royal New Zealand Air Force Graeme moved into the electrical power distribution industry. The pull of aviation eventually saw him serve a brief stint with the Civil Aviation Authority in the late 1990s when he led the team responsible for Airline Surveillance. He subsequently moved to the Air New Zealand Group as a member of the senior management team in one of its regional airlines.

In 2004 Graeme returned to the Civil Aviation Authority as General Manager Personnel Licensing and Aviation Services with executive responsibility for regulatory functions related to aviation security, airspace, airports, and personnel licensing. More recently Graeme had the role of Chief Operating Officer; acted as Assistant Director, and from April 2011 managed a programme of change aimed at enhancing the performance of the Authority and bringing together its regulatory and aviation security service delivery functions. He became the Authority’s Chief Executive in May 2012.

Graeme is the Chair of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Asia Pacific Air Navigation Planning and Implementation Regional Group (APANPIRG) and is an enthusiastic advocate of improving New Zealand’s profile on the international civil aviation stage and increasing the contribution of civil aviation to the NZ economy.

 Photo of Graeme Harris, Director of Civil Aviation

Director of Civil Aviation
Graeme Harris
MBE, M Tech, FRAeS






Executive Assistant
Margaret Ninness

Executive Project Manager Rob Scriven