Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Airports must meet international safety standards

16 July 2000

Airports must meet international safety standards

Green Party aviation spokesperson Sue Kedgley says Aviation Minister Mark Gosche must take action to ensure that airports meet new international safety standards.

International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) standards require a minimum run off area of 90 metres at the end of each airport runway. Runway ends at both Wellington and Queenstown are too short, and Christchurch and Auckland also fail the safety standards.

"Mr Gosche must direct the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure that all airports in New Zealand comply with international safety standards within a set time frame," Ms Kedgley said.

Ms Kedgley said that Wellington airport had to be the first priority, because its high volume traffic and prevailing weather conditions increased the chance of an accident.

"In addition, steep drops and hazards at both ends of the runway make it even more dangerous in the event that a plane overshoots the runway.

"Despite repeated calls over the past decade by airline pilots, the Wellington City Council and others, Wellington airport has dragged its feet and procrastinated over plans to remove the hazards at both its runway safety ends.

"Wellington airport has demonstrated the potential conflict of interest between commercial and safety goals by its willingness to spend millions upgrading the airport facilities while stubbornly refusing to spend $20 million on improving the airport's safety," she said.

"The government says transport safety is one of its top priorities.There's no point spending millions of dollars improving safety on the roads, if the government is not also committed to improving the safety of airports which do not meet international safety standards."

Sue Kedgley MP: 025 270 9088 Gina Dempster, Press secretary: 04 470 6723 or 021 1265 289



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Sir Michael Cullen’s Tax Reform

To ordinary wage and salary earners who (a) watch a slice of their gross income being taxed every week via PAYE and who also (b) pay GST on every single thing they buy, there has been something quite surreal about the centre-right’s angry and anguished reactions to the Tax Working Group’s final report... More>>

 
 

89 Cents An Hour: Govt Plans Fix For Minimum Wage For People With Disabilities

IHC is delighted that the Government is looking into replacing the Minimum Wage Exemption (MWE) with a wage supplement to ensure people with disabilities are paid at least the minimum wage. More>>

ALSO:

Te Waihanga: New Independent Commission To Tackle Infrastructure Issues

The New Zealand Infrastructure Commission – Te Waihanga – will be established as an Autonomous Crown Entity to carry out two broad functions – strategy and planning and procurement and delivery support. More>>

ALSO:

Auckland Action Against Poverty: Motels Profit From Housing Crisis

A single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide emergency assistance, despite never having a Code Compliance Certificate – an offence under the Building Act – and receiving a series of longstanding complaints from occupants... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Alleged China Relations Crisis

If New Zealand’s relations with China are ‘deteriorating’ then you still need a microscope to detect the signs... More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Government To End Tenure Review

“Tenure review has resulted in parcels of land being added to the conservation estate, but it has also resulted in more intensive farming and subdivision on the 353,000 ha of land which has been freeholded. This contributed to major landscape change and loss of habitat for native plants and animals,” said Eugenie Sage. More>>

ALSO:

Bell Tolls: Big Changes, Grand Mergers Planned For Vocational Training

“At a time when we’re facing critical skill shortages, too many of our polytechnics and institutes of technology are going broke... More>>

ALSO:

Sallies' State Of The Nation: Progress Stalled In Reducing Inequality

The report shows a lack of tangible progress in key areas including record levels of household debt and a growing gap in educational achievement between poorer and more well off communities. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels