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.

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Latest Posts

Media release: Wellington Airport’s proposed extension proposal still doesn’t stack up

A decision by the Environment Court to proceed with Wellington International Airport’s runway extension application is disappointing given the length of delays, increasing costs and strong public opposition, according to community groups opposed to the proposal. Richard Randerson, Co-Chair of ...
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DOMINION POST: Wellington Airport runway extension plan staying on hold for six more months

By Tom Hunt and Thomas Manch, January 8, 2019 Sea​ Rotmann has six more months of uncertainty after a decision allowing Wellington Airport long-lingering runway extension application to remain on hold until May. Further down Rotmann's seaside road, it is six more ...
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Opinion: WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A MOA POINTER, PART 2 – THE ENVIRONMENT COURT FILES

A few years ago, I wrote a blog about what it means to be a Moa Pointer. As much as I waxed lyrically about the “best sunset spot in town” and our amazing, if often endangered natural taonga, I have ...
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NEWS Radio NZ: ‘Deja vu’ for Wellington Airport extension

[Ed: note that some typos and mistakes have been corrected and explanatory commentary has been inserted, where relevant] There will be no satisfactory outcome when a final decision on the Wellington Airport extension resource consent is released, an Environment Court ...
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MEDIA RELEASE: Wellington International Airport should do the right thing and pull plans to extend runway

Media Release by the Guardians of the Bays An announcement that hearings for Wellington Airport's runway extension could be potentially delayed till late 2019 should be a final nail in the coffin for the Airport’s proposal, according to community and ...
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SAFETY FIRST: WHAT THE SUPREME COURT’S DECISION AND THE PILOTS’ ASSOCATION’S WIN MEANS TO THE RUNWAY EXTENSION – AND HOW WIAL IS TRYING TO GET AROUND IT

Legal matters can be confounding to the lay person, to say the least, and the ongoing saga of the New Zealand’s Air Line Pilots’ Association (“NZALPA”) vs the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Director (“the Director”) and Wellington Airport International Limited ...
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