Meanwhile, in 1984 Associated Aviation (Motueka) leased Piper PA23-250 Aztec, ZK-ERM (c/n 27-7405435) from Harry Jenkin's Associated Aviation. On the 12th of November 1984, with assistance from Associated Aviation of Paraparaumu, the aircraft was used to establish a new air service between Motueka and Wellington. The service traded under the name of Motueka Air Services and operated twice-daily, three days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Flights departed from Motueka at 7.30am and 3.30pm and from Wellington at 9am and 5pm.
|Motueka Air Services' first flight with the Piper Aztec, ZK-ERM still carrying Associated Air Charter titles.|
Being photographed is the pilot, John Morris and Motueka mayor, Claude Teece.
Source : Air Nelson Link Dec 1994
|Piper Aztec ZK-ERM at Greymouth on a charter on 19 November 1985|
|Mixing it with the big boys... Motueka Air Services Piper Aztec ZK-ERM at Wellington|
Source : Dominion 12 December 1984
|The Takaka paper plane, Cessna 172 ZK-EOX at Takaka on 21 June 1991|
|The other two Aztecs used occasionally on the Motueka-Wellington service... Above, ZK-PIX taken at Nelson on 4 February 1989 and below ZK-DIO taken on 5 February 1989|
|Motueka Golden Bay News, 1 July 1987|
From the 5th of January 1988 a third weekday flight was added between Motueka and Wellington. At this stage the company had an interline agreement with Ansett New Zealand and this enabled Motueka Air to offer passengers through fares to and from Auckland and Christchurch.
|Motueka Air timetable effective 5 January 1988|
On the 1st of August 1988 Air Nelson and Motueka Air were merged under the Air Nelson name. Air Nelson continued to operate the Motueka to Wellington service with Piper Aztecs and Navajos until the service was sold to Paraparaumu's Associated Airlines in December 1996.