February Newsletter

The Guardians have been straight back into it in the New Year in preparation for the Environment Court process. The impact of the Kaikoura earthquake has made it even more vital that we consider thepriorities for precious public funds. There are serious infrastructure projects, such as water storage, that must take priority. It was heartening to see Mayor Justin Lester note in the Dominion Post, on 1 February that therunway extension “is not likely to gain traction in the next financial year”. However, he continues to hold it out as an option and this is disappointing given the problems with the Airport’s plans and community and business opposition to it. We are meeting with the Mayor this month to discuss his intentions for the runway and how theCouncil will be reassessing its investments to make sure we see sustainable progress for thecity. We are seeing further evidence of the weak demand for long-haul flights out of Wellington as Jetstar announced it would be cancelling its Wellington-Melbourne route, declaring it uneconomic. We have also seen statistics on the Wellington-Canberra-Singapore route showing that passengers flying from Wellington to Canberra filled less than 25% of the plane’s capacity. On top of the continued Read More …