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Auckland City thinks Whenuapai will fly

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1 July 2004

Auckland City thinks Whenuapai will fly

Auckland City Council today announced its support for further investigations into the use of the current Whenuapai Airbase as a commercial airport.

Council’s Strategy and Governance Committee supported the Auckland Regional Growth Forum’s resolution to proceed with investigations into the development of Whenuapai Airbase as a commercial airport.

“This is an excellent opportunity to make the most of the strategically situated infrastructure already at Whenuapai Airbase to benefit the Auckland region,” said Councillor Mark Donnelly, chairperson of council’s Strategy and Governance committee.

“We believe that the proposed airport at Whenuapai will encourage tourism industry growth because of increased competition and the opportunity to market Auckland differently as a destination,” he said.

The site has geographical advantages to enhance the speed and efficiency of transport for business travellers to Auckland’s central business district. Auckland City is also supporting the use of Whenuapai Airport’s Civil Defense capability.

“Auckland City Council works closely with other authorities regionally and nationally to manage Civil Defense and emergency strategies,” said Mr Donnelly.

Today’s resolutions will be communicated to the Auckland Regional Growth forum.

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