Who are we?

Guardians of the Bays is a broad-based residents’ group opposed to the proposal to extend the runway at Wellington International Airport (WIAL).

An Environment Court hearing on this proposal is due to be heard in mid-2017, and we are preparing to vigorously oppose the project at this hearing:

  • We do not believe that the extension will achieve the level of benefits needed to warrant the extensive investment required, especially not if it is largely asked to be paid by the public, who are also carrying all the risks (including that no wide-bodied planes may ever come).
  • We do not believe in corporate welfare for a multi-national billion-dollar company, who themselves say that the extension is not economic.
  • We do believe that the social, cultural and environmental costs the extension would impose on Wellington residents and the South Coast and its users are too high.

We have a lot of experts in our midst, this is not a NIMBY group but a group of concerned residents who include lawyers, economists, business owners, politicians, policymakers, landscape architects, recreational clubs, marine ecologists, health professionals, pilots, aviation experts, architects and more. We will fight this all the way.

Please help us raise the funds to fight this in court by donating. Anything helps, this is not a fair fight as the Council is subsidising the airport with millions of ratepayer dollars.

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NEWS: Dave Armstrong: Ahem, don’t mention the … runway extension

Original article here. OPINION:  Last week, the umpteenth repeat of the famous Fawlty Towers ''Germans" episode was playing on my TV. Despite having seen it countless times, I had to stop and watch a hilariously concussed, goose-stepping John Cleese say "don't ...
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BLOG: Wellington City loses out as Airport reports falling international passenger numbers

By Dr. Sea Rotmann Wellington Airport have released their full-year results, reporting a drop in international passengers by nearly 9,000 people. The much lauded Singapore Airlines Capital Express route, which Mayor Justin Lester promised would be “a boon for Wellington ...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Community Groups welcome Wellington Airport Delay at Environment Court

March 21, 2017 Residents and ratepayers group the Guardians of the Bays has welcomed the news that Wellington Airport will postpone the progression of its runway extension resource consent in the Environment Court. In advance of a pre-hearing conference on ...
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MEDIA RELEASE GotB: Airport Extension proposal delayed yet again – raising doubts about viability

For immediate release 6 March 2017 Residents’ and ratepayers’ group the Guardians of the Bays have today welcomed news that Wellington International Airport has requested an interim adjournment of proceedings from the Environment Court. The request from the Airport comes ...
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RE-BLOG Werewolf: Gordon Campbell on the runway extension’s latest court failure

March 1, 2017 Gordon Campbell Thank goodness for the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). The Court of Appeal has just ringingly found in favour of the pilots’ union over the safety issues raised by the Wellington runway extension. Not only ...
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NEWS: CAA must review safety areas at Wellington Airport, Court of Appeal rules

HAMISH RUTHERFORD Last updated 13:05, February 28 2017 SUPPLIED An aerial map of Wellington Airport showing where the proposed runway extension would be built to the south. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has to revisit a decision over whether a longer ...
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