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

 


Update from Christchurch Airport - 11am Thurs 24

THURSDAY 24 MARCH 11 am

Christchurch Airport has sent a Fire Truck to the city with a crew who have volunteered to work outside their shift hours to help with the rescue and recovery effort. All available equipment that can be spared, including cutting gear, has been sent in with the truck.

Christchurch Airport remains open for domestic and international flights. The normal flight schedule is operating, though the domestic network is experiencing some delays due to the large numbers of people being moved.

Singapore Airlines is putting on an extra 777 flight to Christchurch today which is due to arrive at 1pm.

The United Airlines flight which is bringing US Search and Rescue personnel is expected today; its arrival time is unconfirmed at this time.

A Japan Airlines jumbo jet flew to Christchurch this morning bringing a Search and Rescue team which have been deployed in the city; the aircraft has now been flown to Auckland.

Travellers at the airport remain calm and orderly. Many travellers slept at the airport last night; over 200 blankets were distributed to them.

Free wireless internet use and free car parking continues to be offered to travellers.

The airport company is distributing fruit to waiting international passengers.

Taxis and shuttles are still available at the airport.

Travellers who have unclaimed baggage from the day of the earthquake should check with the help desk at the airport.

For people travelling internationally who have either misplaced or lost their passport, it is important they follow the below procedures:
• Australian passport holders or Australian Permanent Residents must report to the Australian High Commissioner’s Desk at the Christchurch Airport International Arrivals Hall before checking in for their flight
• There is an American Consulate desk in the International Arrivals Hall by the Police kiosk
• A British consulate has been set up at the Commodore Hotel, on Memorial Ave just outside Christchurch Airport.
• Other foreign passport holders should report to the Burnside High School Welfare Centre where they can register with the Red Cross before going to the airport. The Red Cross will put them in contact with the appropriate embassy.
• Travellers with a Red Cross letter are being transported to Wellington and Auckland to go to their embassies.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Spending Questions: Claudette Hauiti To Step Aside At Election

National Party President Peter Goodfellow confirms that he has received notification from List MP Claudette Hauiti that she plans to step aside at the 20 September election. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news