Reports

Runway Extension Opponent Submission Guide

We understand that a number of opponent submitters are concerned about the section in the GWRC submission form that asks us to identify whether we wish to request an Independent Commissioner to hear and decide the application because of the potential cost implications identified. Please note, this question is only relevant where Council hearings are concerned. As you know, WIAL has asked for the hearing to be directly referred to the Environment Court. If that happens, this question becomes irrelevant.  ...
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REPORT CAPA: Christchurch International Airport belies its ‘remoteness’; pivotal to New Zealand’s tourism

This report clearly shows why Christchurch, not Wellington, is the obvious second long-haul airport in New Zealand. In summary: ChCh airport already has a well-established runway that can fly in large, long-haul planes safely ChCh airport has no curfew and does not operate in the middle of the city ChCh has greater tourism and manufacturing and industry importance than Wgtn ChCh airport is higher ranked on most metrics than Wgtn: on ASKs (average seat km), seats and cargo payload It ...
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Guardians submission on the WCC Low Carbon Capital Plan

SUBMISSION BY THE GUARDIANS OF THE BAYS ON THE WCC LOW CARBON PLAN Dr Sea Rotmann, May 3, 2016 It is good to see vision for a Low Carbon capital, with planning that will increase cycle-ways, electric charging stations, higher density building, ongoing smart energy challenges and phasing out minimum parking requirement. We like the statement “acting to reduce emissions helps the city as a whole” on page 6. However, this unfortunately cannot be taken as a serious statement with ...
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A truly independent review of the Airport’s Cost Benefit Analysis

Ian Harrison, a highly respected  Principal economist from Tailrisk Economics, has released a truly independent (i.e. not paid for or commissioned by any Party involved in the runway extension) review of the Cost-Benefit Analysis. It really is worth a read. To quote from his Executive Summary: Recently, the Wellington International Airport Company released a cost benefit analysis of the airport long-haul capability extension proposal that purports to show that the economic benefits are $2,090 million, and are 6.8 times the ...
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All the reports from the airport so far

We dug up the second arrangement between the Council and the airport, where the Council agreed to fund the airport with an extra $1.95m towards fast-tracking the runway extension through a board of inquiry process. It's a fascinating read, especially when you look at how badly the airport misjudged the initial costings and how it is getting the Council to co-fund its EPA process as well, even though it says this will be at the 'cost of the applicant'. Hmmm ...
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All LTP submissions about the airport (pro and con)

We have gone through the trouble of looking at all 1049 formal LTP submissions. By searching for the term 'airport', we have identified over 100 submitters that specifically mentioned the runway extension proposal and have summarised their views in this document. It is very interesting to note that 87 submitters (>81%) were strongly opposed, with only 20 being for the runway extension. More interesting is that the opposition was largely made up of long, strong arguments against it (49 pages) ...
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WCC Long Term Plan Guardians of the Bays submission

This was our submission, which went into some depth as to the economic folly that this runway extension in its current form posed, as well as the issues related to the consultation process. GOTB LTP Submission FINAL ...
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WCC LTP ‘consultation’

Here was the online 'consultation' of the WCC for the runway extension as proposed in the LTP. This did not find its way into being considered an official submission, not that that was made clear to the submitters. It is very interesting to read the comments, pro and con as it becomes clear that the people who went online to vote for it, mainly give short statements like "Just get it done' whereas the people who voted against it give ...
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WCC Final Long Term Plan

This is the final LTP, after considerable submissions against the runway extension have been heard and received. Some major caveats have been added to the ring-fenced $90m for the runway extension: The LTP now says that the Council will make a final decision on this project and whether to commit funding to construction once: WIAL has obtained resource consent for the project The Council has received and considered a cost-benefit analysis and business case from WIAL that will be independently ...
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NZIER peer review of EY economic impact statement

The Board of Airlines Representatives (BARNZ) which represents 19 out of 20 long-haul airlines that fly to New Zealand, undertook a peer review on the EY report, largely discrediting it ...
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Ernst & Young Economic Impact Statement for WIAL

This is the report the WCC paid $1m of ratepayer money, even though apparently they are not allowed to use it without written permission by WIAL (see the page of caveats). The caveats make it pretty clear that this report is written for the benefit of the airport, based on numbers provided only by the airport, and has since been widely discredited as 'overly optimistic' and having 'inadequate methodology'. Note, that this is far removed from a business case or ...
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