Jet belongs to Nick's Head owner

Visiting over summer

Visiting over summer

FLYING IN AND OUT: US financier John Griffin’s Bombardier Global 6000 jet at Gisborne airport late Tuesday afternoon. Picture by Liam Clayton.

A private jet that has flown in and out of the Gisborne Airport over the last few weeks belongs to a company owned by Nick’s Head Station owner, New York financier John Griffin.

Mr Griffin bought Nick’s Head Station in 2002 and since then has accomplished much in his long-term plan to re-establish native flora and fauna on the property.

He is the founder and head of an American hedge fund firm called Blue Ridge Capital which is based in New York but has widespread international dealings. A number of subsidiary companies are part of the group including Helair Holdings, which is the operator of the Bombardier Global 6000 jet that has been visiting Gisborne.

Mr Griffin visits here every summer.

The twin tail-engine jet, N9641, was built in 2014, and had its certificate issued in August 2015. In the past few weeks it has been flown from Auckland to Gisborne and down to Tekapo in the South Island, climbing to more than 35,000 feet and hitting speeds in excess of 800kmh.

When Mr Griffin bought Nick’s Head Station he engaged experts to work on a visionary plan to restore the area’s vegetation and wildlife. His conservation-minded development has won praise, including New Zealand’s supreme design award for landscape architecture — the George Malcolm Supreme Award.

As well as the supreme award it also took the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects’ Award of Excellence in the rural/farm/park category, and a Sustainability Award of Excellence.

A private jet that has flown in and out of the Gisborne Airport over the last few weeks belongs to a company owned by Nick’s Head Station owner, New York financier John Griffin.

Mr Griffin bought Nick’s Head Station in 2002 and since then has accomplished much in his long-term plan to re-establish native flora and fauna on the property.

He is the founder and head of an American hedge fund firm called Blue Ridge Capital which is based in New York but has widespread international dealings. A number of subsidiary companies are part of the group including Helair Holdings, which is the operator of the Bombardier Global 6000 jet that has been visiting Gisborne.

Mr Griffin visits here every summer.

The twin tail-engine jet, N9641, was built in 2014, and had its certificate issued in August 2015. In the past few weeks it has been flown from Auckland to Gisborne and down to Tekapo in the South Island, climbing to more than 35,000 feet and hitting speeds in excess of 800kmh.

When Mr Griffin bought Nick’s Head Station he engaged experts to work on a visionary plan to restore the area’s vegetation and wildlife. His conservation-minded development has won praise, including New Zealand’s supreme design award for landscape architecture — the George Malcolm Supreme Award.

As well as the supreme award it also took the NZ Institute of Landscape Architects’ Award of Excellence in the rural/farm/park category, and a Sustainability Award of Excellence.

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John - 1 year ago
Ka pai and well done Mr Griffin for your preservation of our natural fauna and flora. Kia ora.

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