Apple users may be forgiven for thinking that Timaru's airport has had a radical shift. The software giant recently released the highly anticipated iOS 6 operating system, which comes with its own map application, kicking out Google Maps as the default system on iPhones, iPads and iPods.
However, the new map application obviously has a few kinks for Apple to work out. Search for "Timaru Airport" on the new software and you will be told it is in Heaton St in Strowan, Christchurch.
The phone number listed for Timaru Airport is also wrong.
The "Timaru Airport" number is the fax number for Sacred Heart Primary School in Heaton St, in Timaru.
Merivale resident Dougal Shand made the discovery after becoming increasingly worried about nearby noise pollution and traffic disruption in the area.
"I had been thinking it was the Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Rebuild Team (Scirt) repairing the Papanui Rd water mains and sewers," he said in a letter to The Press. "Upon upgrading to the new Apple 6 on my iPad and using the new Apple maps app, I worked out the source of the problem. "The noise is in fact coming from Timaru Airport. It is now only 100m from our Merivale address," he said.
There have been problems worldwide with the new maps application since its launch, with international users complaining that landmarks are misplaced or missing from the system.
The Herald was curious about the problem, so decided to give the national branch of Apple a call. After dialling the relevant 0800 number, the operator then forwarded our reporter's concern to a call centre operator, based in Manila.
They were unaware that the new Apple app had somehow moved Timaru Airport by more than 150km.
However, they advised the Herald to log any complaint to Apple Maps' website.
There had been "teething problems" with the new app, the operator said.
- The Timaru Herald