Aug 182013



Air New Zealand – a great airline.
Thanks for sponsoring the first sky-high same-sex marriage competition

Imagine exchanging vows 9,000 m high in a plane.  I reckon that’s about 27,000 ft and a couple from New Zealand did this on the first day that the country legalized same-sex marriage.  Lynley Bendall and Ally Wanikau will have done this by the time you read this blog. I want to congratulate this couple.   Lynley is a mother of three children so there is one happy family with two moms.  I also want to thank Air New Zealand for a competition to find a couple who wanted to get hitched on a special flight between Queensland (in the southern island) and Auckland in the northern island.   I had a wonderful flight with Air New Zealand from Fiji to L.A some years ago and I was most impressed with the service.

“The winners have an amazing love story to tell and are thrilled to be having such a unique wedding that they can share with family and friends.”The couple – who had been together since meeting 14 years ago through work – are mums to Javarn (9), Maycee (7) and Mikaere (6) who have been in their care since they were babies.

Ms Bendall said the news they would get married in the sky above New Zealand was a huge surprise. “The kids were in the car when we got the call to tell us we’d won. The whole school will know by now.”

In line with tradition the couple weren’t revealing too many details ahead of the big day, except that the children will play a significant role and were currently in discussions over what colour they should wear.

Air New Zealand said they also had some surprises in store for the on-board ceremony and following reception, before the newlyweds left for their honeymoon in Palm Springs, California.  There are no pictures available of the couple, as yet.

Look out, New Zealand!  My partner Trish and I will be visiting again in 2013/2014.  This will be our second visit and we love your country and people.


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