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).

  • 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 to our Givealittle Campaign. Anything helps, this is not a fair fight seeing the Council is subsidising the airport by millions of ratepayer dollars.

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By Michael Gunson WIAL’s grand plan for Lyall Bay’s surf breaks: The Surf break Protection Society (SPS) would like to think that its submission opposing Wellington International Airport Limited (WIAL)’s airport extension and artificial swell focus reef is the cause of the ...
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September 9, 2016 Wellington International Airport’s decision today to request suspension of its application for resource consent for the runway extension is a big win for the people of Wellington, says resident and ratepayer group Guardians of the Bays. The request to ...
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Original article Wellington’s parking and transport are bigger challenges to Wellington businesses than lack of international capacity via Wellington International Airport, according to the Wellington City Council’s 2016 Survey of Wellington Businesses. Richard Randerson, co-chair of broad-based residents’ group Guardians of the ...
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Your Chance To Quiz Council and Mayoral Candidates On The Runway Extension

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Wellington runway extension plan ‘implausible at best’

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