|Oamaru Mail, 21 November 1960|
An exciting day for Oamaru - an early Christmas party and an early Christmas present.
Oamaru Mail, 6 December 1960
|Airlines of New Zealand's Douglas DC-3 ZK-BYD at Oamaru|
On the 11th of March 1961 Timaru and Invercargill were added to the Airlines of New Zealand network. The normal schedule saw afternoon flights operated south from Christchurch to Timaru, Oamaru, Alexandra and Invercargill on Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. The DC-3 overnighted in Invercargill before returning along the same route the following morning. Many years later Oamaru was again linked to Invercargill by Air Timaru - http://3rdlevelnz.blogspot.co.nz/2012/08/air-timaru-friendly-line.html
|The timetable effective 11 March 1961|
|A changing colour scheme - the A of NZ markings have disappeared from the tail but the new roundel has not yet been applied. Douglas DC-3 ZK-CAW at Oamaru in January 1964. Notice the built in door stair - this was a unique feature to ZK-CAW|
From the 22nd of March 1965, after much lobbying, SPANZ was granted a contract for the carriage of air mail. First day covers were issued to mark the event. The original contract was to other provincial destinations on the SPANZ network and mail was not carried to any of the main centres. That changed on the 10th of May 1965 when mail was carried to and from Christchurch for the first time.
|The first day of SPANZ carrying air mail... 22 March 1965|
|Oamaru-Christchurch airmail from 10 May 1965|
|Not long before the end - SPANZ Douglas DC-3 ZK-BYE at Oamaru on 26 December 1965. ZK-BYE was to fly the last Oamaru-Timaru-Christchurch service two months later|
|Douglas DC-3 ZK-CAW, George Bolt, refuelling at Oamaru on 26 December 1965|
A few days later it was announced that there would be no Government assistance for SPANZ. Subsequently, Captain Rex Daniell, the airline’s general manager, was reported as saying “South Pacific Airlines of New Zealand is now dead” and the receiver announced that SPANZ’s services would end on the 28th of February 1966.
|The final timetable up to the 28th of February 1966|
|Oamaru Mail, 28 February 1966|