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About the MBF

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Established in 1972 the Pilot's Mutual Benefit Fund (The New Zealand Airline Pilot's Mutual Benefit Fund) provides assistance to its members who have lost a pilots licence through medical reasons.

All members of the Fund must be financial members of the New Zealand Airline Pilots' Association

The focus of the fund is rehabilitation and assistance with a view to the re-licensing of the member. If this is not possible then the fund may, at its own discretion, pay out a capital benefit.

The New Zealand Pilots' Mutual Benefit Fund shares its staff and premises with the similar Mutual Fund of the Air Traffic Controllers.

Our Staff


OFFICE MANAGER  Ann Parkinson 
Angelique Bowman


The office staff can be contacted here:

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Current Trustees

Currently there are 7 Pilot Trustees, one Trustee representing a Contributing Company and one Independent Trustees of the fund.

The Trustees of the Fund view and assess membership applications, claims and oversee the investment of the Fund’s assets.  The Pilot Trustees are elected by the Fund’s members.

The current Trustees are as follows

 Independent Trustee: Paul Kelway

Paul is an independent Trustee.

 Independent Trustee: Penelope Ryder-Lewis 

Penelope is the principal of Bartlett Law, a boutique employment law firm based in Wellington. She has been a principal in that firm for 17 years, and prior to that worked in other Wellington firms and ECNZ. She has extensive experience in health-related employment issues, including workplace stress. In her spare time she enjoys anything to do with aircraft and travel; and maintains a lifelong interest in ballet and dance. For 9 years she was a board member of the NZ School of Dance.


Pilot Trustee (Chairperson) – Philippa Schofield

Philippa is an Airbus First Officer with Air New Zealand and has been a Trustee since April 2018. Prior to working for Air New Zealand Philippa worked for Jetstar New Zealand.

Pilot Trustee – Matthew Harrington

Matt is an Airbus A320 Captain with Air New Zealand and has been a Trustee since March 2019.

 Pilot Trustee – Louise Maihi

Louise Maihi is a Boeing 787 Second Officer. She has been a Trustee since June 2019. Louise has also worked for Air Nelson prior to Air New Zealand.

 Pilot Trustee – Alex Ruth

Alex Ruth is a Second Officer with Air New Zealand. He has been a Trustee since October 2020. He formally worked for Jet Connect New Zealand.

 Pilot Trustee – Thomas Fitzgerald

Tom Fitzgerald is a Captain with Air New Zealand. He has been a Trustee since December 2021. 

Important Dates

MBF Cover

As a member of the Pilots Mutual Benefit Fund you will receive an account every six months – on 1st April and 1st October so before either of these dates it is a good time for you to assess your level of cover and, if necessary, apply for an increase in cover.

Increases in cover usually require an application, however, this is dependant on your employment contract and it is advisable to contact the MBF Office to discuss your options.. All such increases must be approved by the Trustees (usually done at a meeting held in alternating months).

Life Insurance and General Disability Insurance

If you have GDI cover through NZALPA you should review this cover annually in October.

If you have Life Insurance through NZALPA this should be reviewed in November

For information regarding either of these insurance services please follow the following link