Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Councils Unite For Whenuapai Airport

October 26, 2006

Councils Unite For Whenuapai Airport

It’s full steam ahead for a joint military/civilian airport at Whenuapai.

Today Rodney District Council voted unanimously to join with neighbouring Waitakere and North Shore Cities, and international airport operator Infratil, to form an Airport Company to progress the proposal.

The Government has announced that the RNZAF will move its operation from Whenuapai to Ohakea within the next 10 years. The new North West Airport Company Limited will now push for joint civilian and military use of Whenuapai in the sort to medium term, which will see domestic flights and travel to and from Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Mayor Bob Harvey says that airports are “economic hubs” which provide thousands of jobs and inject millions of dollars into local economies.

“Whenuapai is already a fully functioning airport with hundreds of military flights every year. But it is under utilised. There are many examples here in New Zealand and overseas where military operations run side by side with commercial flights and forming this airport company means that this option can be fully explored.”

Mr Harvey says as well as economic benefits for the North West of the region commercial flights at Whenuapai will bring airline competition and cheaper travel.

He also points out that with 500,000 people living within 15km of Whenuapai it is much more convenient for thousands of travellers.

“And with the Auckland Region promoting itself as a ‘world-class’ city, it’s a little ironic that it is the only such city to have just one airport.”

A poll taken across the Auckland Region and released last week shows that overall 53% of people support the idea of commercial air services running at Whenuapai as soon as possible, compared to 15% who oppose the idea.

The main reasons for supporting the concept are:

- Better access (18%)
- Facing less traffic congestion (10%)
-Cheaper airfares (11%)

Three major business seminars held in the North West (Waitakere and Rodney) last year also endorsed the concept of commencing commercial flights at Whenuapai as soon as possible.

ENDS.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

PM's Press Conference: Pike Re-Entry Agency

At today's post-cabinet press conference Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was joined by Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry Andrew Little to announce plans for the new agency for re-entry of the mine.

The Pike River Recovery Agency, Te Kahui Whakamana Rua Tekau ma Iwa, will be officially established on 31 January 2018 and will work with the Pike River families with the intention of manned entry of the drift before March 2019. More>>

 

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>

ALSO:

Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>

ALSO:

Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>

ALSO:

Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election