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

 


Smart Approaches flight paths meeting well attended

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
MP for Maungakiekie


11 October 2013
Media Statement

Smart Approaches flight paths meeting well attended

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, MP for Maungakiekie, has praised community representatives for their proactive approach in engaging with key stakeholders at a public meeting held last night in Epsom.

The public meeting discussed the Northern “Smart Approaches” flight path trials which have been conducted by Auckland Airport Limited, Airways New Zealand and the Board of Airline Representatives (BARNZ). The trial has affected residents in Maungakiekie as well as neighbouring electorates.

At the meeting Mr Lotu-Iiga outlined actions he has taken to raise the contentious issue of noise and nuisance with decision makers in the trial.

“Since the last public meeting I arranged in September on this issue, I have actively engaged with representatives of Auckland Airport, Airways New Zealand and BARNZ,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“There are currently more questions than answers on the trial. However, I am advised that Auckland Airport intend to distribute information on a wider scale to the community nearer to the end of the trial on 31 October.”

“To address concerns by my constituents for more objective data on noise levels, I have asked the Auckland Airport for the installation of two monitors in affected areas of Oranga and One Tree Hill in my electorate. This is in addition to the monitors installed in Epsom.”

“I have also requested to attend the meeting by the Aircraft Noise Community Consultative Group (ANCCG) on 19 November. This meeting with community representatives will discuss both data and community feedback from the trial”.

Mr Lotu-Iiga said he will actively seek to represent his constituents’ views at the meeting and then give feedback to the community.

A new air traffic management system developed, operated and introduced in April 2013 by Airways was raised at the meeting as a potential contributor to increased noise levels and plane frequencies over the area. The two tools used are the Collaborative Arrivals or Flow Manager (CAM/CAF) and the Arrivals Manager (AMAN).

“I am advised that the AMAN/CAM/CFM tool considers all aircraft flying into Auckland Airport and then sequences them through time management to inter-leave at the runway, removing the bunching factor and delivering a controlled spacing between each flight to the air traffic controllers.”

“Airways have assured me that the new tool has no impact on noise levels”.

“I have nevertheless accepted an invitation to tour the Tower and Oceanic Centre at the Auckland Airport to observe the tool in action. I will be feeding back to the community my observations and learnings from this visit”, Mr Lotu-Iiga advised.

A media release late yesterday afternoon by Airways informs of the end of trial process to include a draft report on the trial which will be available for industry and community feedback in late March 2014. A final report with recommendations is then expected to be issued later in the year.

“I encourage the community to remain vigilant and report their concerns”, Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“I also encourage the community to make submissions when the draft report is released for feedback in 2014. It is important that the final report accurately reflects the hopes, aspirations and concerns of our community.”

“The data collected before and after the trial ends will prove valuable to decision makers deliberating on the future of the trial flight paths. These decision makers are Auckland Airport and Airways New Zealand”, Mr Lotu-Iiga concluded.

People can continue to provide feedback on the SMART approaches trial by calling 09-2568133 anytime or emailing noise@aucklandairport.co.nz.

--ENDS—


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Issue 49: Werewolf Weekender

Philip Matthews: From The Lost Continent
It’s a case of better late than never for Olivier Assayas’ marvellous After May/Apres Mai, which first screened at Venice in 2012, had a couple of North Island screenings last year during the International Film Festival’s “Autumn Events” season, got a theatrical release in Australia – but not here – and only now appears on DVD, after Assayas himself has moved on. More>>

The Complicatist: Blue Eyed & Soulful
For a while in June, the top two singles on the US Billboard charts featured Iggy Azalea, an Australian model turned hip hop performer. To some, this may seem like just the latest chapter in a long saga of whites ripping off black culture, while enriching themselves in the process. Obviously, there’s some truth in the stereotype. Yet it can also obscure the positive collaborations – in jazz, soul music and hip hop – between musicians who treated each other as creative equals, race regardless. More>>

Satire: Carry On Captaining
Oh hello. Scanner Technician Davis. To what do I owe the pleasure?
You think we’re what?
Oh, pish. This vessel has been travelling along smoothly for generations – particularly smoothly in the last few years though I say so myself – and I happen to know we have never once been hit by an asteroid... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

False Electoral Return: John Banks Sentenced To Community Detention, Community Work

“The conviction of John Banks today is another sad chapter for John Banks and the ACT Party”, says Labour candidate for Epsom Michael Wood. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Rise Of ISIS And Labour

While global attention got distracted by the fate of MH17 and the atrocities in Gaza, the world’s other mega ‘bad news’ story – the rise of ISIS-led fundamentalism in Iraq – has reached a tipping point. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild: Christchurch City Council Releases Milestone Report

The Cameron Partners report says the Council may need to find an additional $783 million to $883 million by 2019... Options Cameron Partners proposed include increasing rates, borrowing more, maximising insurance payments, and freeing up capital from its commercial assets. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Today: Parliament Adjourns

The 50th Parliament has adjourned for the final time. After the completion of the adjournment debate, MPs left for the campaign trail with Parliament to be dissolved on August 14 ahead of the September 20 election. More>>

ALSO:

Novopayout: Government-Owned Company To Take Over School Payroll

After lengthy negotiations, the Ministry of Education and the existing school payroll provider, Talent2, have settled both on the amounts payable by Talent2 towards the costs of remediating the Novopay service and a new operating model for the school payroll system. More>>

ALSO:

Employment: Labour Will Raise Minimum Wage, Restore Work Rights

A Labour government will raise the minimum wage $2 an hour to $16.25 and restore work rights to ensure the benefits of economic growth are shared fairly by all New Zealanders, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. More>>

ALSO:

Police: Crewe File Review Released

No new evidence has come to light implicating any specific person as being responsible for the murders of Jeannette and Harvey Crewe... The review identifies there is a distinct possibility that Exhibit 350 (the brass .22 cartridge case) may be fabricated evidence, and that if this is the case, that a member of Police would have been responsible. More>>

ALSO:

Werewolf Issue #49: Gordon Campbell Interviews Laila Harre

For 25 years, Labour and National have been in virtual agreement about the basics of economic policy, and differed mainly on how to go about managing its social consequences. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news