BAANZ is a New Zealand based organisation founded to support balloonists and promote the sport of hot air ballooning within New Zealand. BAANZ stands for the Balloon aviation association of New Zealand and is a non-profit organisation that is run by a small team of volunteer committee members ranging in age and expertise located throughout the country.
New Zealand hot air ballooning is a small multi-faceted community, built on a foundation of passionate recreational and commercial balloonists. BAANZ originated as a support organisation to provide a united voice for all New Zealand based balloonists especially in regard to liaising with the CAA and media. Internally BAANZ aims to provide its members with current information regarding, aviation safety, pilot and crew training and technology for the purpose of keeping New Zealand pilots as safe and informed as possible both in the sky and on the ground.