Ex-Air NZ exec wins $60k costs

Last updated 13:21 23/12/2013
Grant Kerr
Fairfax NZ
AWARDED COSTS: Grant Kerr is the former general manager of Air New Zealand-owned Air Nelson.

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Jetstar New Zealand boss Grant Kerr has won $60,000 in costs from his former employer, Air New Zealand, which sought to keep him from starting a new job for six months.

Kerr was seeking over $200,000 in costs.

The Employment Court ruling follows a drawn-out case between Kerr, who was previously general manager at Air New Zealand subsidiary Air Nelson, and the national carrier.

In August the Employment Court ruled Kerr did not have to delay his start date at rival Jetstar beyond the six months notice period he had given Air New Zealand.

Air New Zealand put Kerr on gardening leave after he gave notice of his resignation, but the airline also tried to stop Kerr taking up his job at Jetstar for a further six months, citing a six-month restraint of trade clause in his contract.

Air New Zealand also claimed Kerr had breached his contract regarding the announcement of his new job at the low-cost Australian-owned carrier.

Judge Ford found the gardening leave provision of six months was enough time between the two management jobs and Kerr had acted reasonably and legally in his dealings between the airline rivals.

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