Calling for Plane Sense for our community

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Pushing back on a flight path change implemented with zero consultation with residents. That is affecting residents' health and wellbeing.

Wellington

We are fundraising to push back on increased aircraft noise in our suburbs, to fund legal action against Wellington Airport, Airways New Zealand and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand.

On 1 December 2022, Airways NZ implemented a new flight path system, approved by Wellington International Airport, knowingly impacting our neighbourhood but without a consultation process. As residents, we care passionately about our surroundings, our community's well-being, the tranquillity of our maunga - Mount Kaukau/Tarikākā and its surrounding nature reserve, which is home to recovering populations of native birds.

We are creating a strong, collective voice to be heard and effect change for the peace of our community. We are challenging the process and implementation of this flight path decision and need to raise funds to launch legal proceedings, to represent our suburbs. We are here as kaitiaki/guardians, to advocate for more birdsong and less aircraft noise at the foothill of Mount Kaukau/Tarikākā. Find out more - www.planesensewellington.com.

Use of funds

Updated on 22/04: We're fundraising $100k to issue legal proceedings. If for any reason the case cannot proceed, funds will be used to meet any initial legal costs incurred for preparation work.

We are raising funds for marketing material to reach our neighbours offline, and for expert and legal advice so our community is fairly represented. Excess funds will be donated to environmental organisations protecting our local native birdlife.

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Wellington International Airport should have consulted with the community about the DMAPs flight path change. It did not.  22 May 2024

Affected residents have always had a legitimate expectation that Wellington Airport, having public law responsibilities, would carry out consultation prior to any proposal to divert aircraft over their suburbs. The consultation now offered was required by law prior to development of the DMAPS concept.

Airways New Zealand OIA documents reference community consultation as early as November 2021, alongside that was mention that the local community could be a "roadblock", that "impact frequently comes down to perception, influenced by publicity", and "Airways would like this implemented in December this year. We (Wellington Airport) therefore need this work reasonably quickly!" Even the Airnoise Committee meeting minutes don't reference the DMAPs flight path change until March 2023, after implementation. The first communication went up on the Wellington Airport website on 20 December 2022, after first known complaints.

Residents are angry about the lack of courtesy, consistency, professionalism and regard for our community and affected individuals. We believe the organisations have been cavalier with residents' health and well-being. Plane Sense is holding Wellington International Airport, Airways New Zealand, Civil Aviation Authority of NZ and Wellington City Council (as a shareholder) to account. There are significant legal issues, public health and safety concerns for residents and our local environment. Find out more and support us today - planesensewellington.com/faqs

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Matthew
Matthew 5 days ago
$100
Susan
Susan on 03 May 2024
We need to get to $100,000. If everyone contributes a small amount…we will get there
$100
Richard
Richard on 23 Apr 2024
From a public management perspective there must be concerns about the failure of the Risk Management and Legal Compliance systems of the Crown Agencies involved and Wellington Airport and Wellington City Council. It's astonishing to find that people with senior management and governance roles were not made aware of risk and non-compliance issues. If Plane Sense proceeds to Judicial Review these shortcomings will be highlighted. The Review will also be able to examine the suitability of Crown and Council appointments to key governance roles; the competence of directors; Wellington City Council failing to address the interests of its ratepayers; and the effectiveness of the checks and balances used to ensure optimal safety, environmental, commercial and public health outcomes from Airport-related activities.
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Guest Donor
Guest Donor on 18 Apr 2024
Thank you for your advocacy! Like Louisa, new double glazing is doing little to block out the jet noise :-(
$100
Richard
Richard on 15 Apr 2024
$100

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This campaign started on 16 May 2023 and ends on 16 May 2025.