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Stop The Proposed Wellington Airport Runway Extension

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Help us stop the short-sighted, expensive and environmentally disastrous proposed extension of Wellington Airport's runway into Cook Strait.

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Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL), a private company, wants Wellington ratepayers and taxpayers to subsidise the extension of Wellington Airport's runway by 363 metres into the wild Cook Strait.

In an era of rapid climate change, fossil fuel divestment and rising sea levels, this proposal is short-sighted and environmentally irresponsible.

It's also a huge ripoff. WIAL is embarking on this proposal, despite opposition from airlines, the government and credible economists, in the hopes of expanding its asset base. It is basically getting Wellington ratepayers to foot the bill so it can privatise the profits and hike up fares for everyone. If this proposal goes ahead, it will be a giant example of corporate welfare. Our City Councillors will be gambling with our money without getting their facts straight.

This proposal simply doesn’t stack up:

- there is no airline committed to fly here (and we just saw that we can already fly to Singapore - but only via Canberra and only when it’s massively subsidised)

- we simply don’t have the demand for 3 long-haul airports in such a small country

- the pilots say it is unsafe to fly here long-haul, without extending it much further which would be prohibitively expensive and fill in all of Moa Point

- all economists that looked at the airport’s numbers say that the benefits will likely be NEGATIVE, and we’d get much more bang for our buck if we used the $150m of ratepayer money on making Wellington a more attractive and liveable city, or even if we’d just invest it in the bank.


- if you don't want Wellington's traffic completely clogged up by huge numbers of truck movements for years during the construction period, and

- if you don't want to pour your cash into Infratil's pockets making all of our airfares more expensive, and

- if you think our marine and coastal environment, including Lyall Bay's surf, needs protection from developers and that we should be more smart about climate change,

then please donate to help us stop this foolish project. It’s going to be nothing but an expensive White Elephant despoiling our taonga, the South Coast.

The money donated will be used on experts and lawyers to oppose the runway extension proposal in the Environment Court.

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Guardians of the Bays


I am part of a coalition of individuals and groups opposed to the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension.

“Thank you for the coordination and advice. This project is deserving of close scrutiny and legitimate concerns of the wider community must be properly addressed. In my view the impacts on our recreational amenities such as fishing, diving, surfing are grossly understated. So too the effects of traffic and machinery for the duration of construction.”
“Thanks for all your work!”
“Wgtn airport has suspended their application but suspect that will only be for a short while. Important that you keep the work going. Ratepayers need to have someone representing their interests and unfortunately our Councillors seem incapable.”
“The trustworthy and committed Guardians of the Bays are doing a great job - thanks for your efforts.”
“Do we really want to stimulate more construction, more air travel, more traffic, more noise, more environmental damage?? These all contribute to the issue of our times: climate change. And for the sake of what actual advantages - financial, for a very few people?”
“Keep up the good work. The airport runway extension is an economic nonsense,is unnecessary,will create a massive disruption to residents lives,and again ratepayers are shafted. VOTE for candidates in the next council election who clearly state their opposition to the extension.”
“When I first heard about the proposed runway extension I thought, "Meh, I don't know, I guess it could be a good thing?" I guess a lot of Wellingtonians still feel that way. Since I've looked into the pros and cons though, it's abundantly clear that going ahead with this would be an unmitigated disaster.”
“I support the Guardians of the Bays in protecting our coast, our environment and our city.”
“I very much appreciate your efforts to protect the wild, largely undisturbed beauty of the Eastern suburbs and its coastline. The beauty of our natural environment is rapidly becoming a rare commodity and therefore ever more precious. This is a value that cannot be put in dollar terms, but that does not make it any less valuable. To my mind, it would be self-defeatingly stupid to let short-sighted commercial considerations prevail.”
“Please Keep Up The Good Work! Well Done”
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