Looking at those photos and the close proximity of the sea, Mangere would have been a prime spot for flying boat operations if they'd stayed in existence as airliners, as well as landplanes.
You might want to make sure the tide was in like these photos or you could hit a sand bank or should I say mud flat? The tide goes out to about where the wind sock is in some of the photos. There are some large expanses of sand bank / mud flats around the Manukau harbour at low tide. www.airliners.net/photo/Cessna-172R-Skyhawk/1121847/L/
Love the Air Vanuatu one, and I wish they'd paint all the Air New Zealand planes that wacky green! For the main ones, it looks like the removal of the Pacific Wave (or Pathetic Wave, depending on your thinking), is the only change to the livery for now.
I agree, the Vanuatu 737 is wearing a very clever scheme. The Pacific Wave. Has it also gone from the international fleet or is it only the domestic ones without them? All the new Dash 8's come with the wave. I think the new 737 scheme looks more corporate and cleaner. If they added cheat lines down the fuselages they could almost return to the old days...
I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.