A jet airport for wanaka is not yet off the table!

[Update 6th July 2020] Despite the impacts of Covid-19 and our borders closed to international tourists, QLDC and QAC show every intention of building a jet airport in Wanaka. QLDC has confirmed that it will not reverse its transfer of Wanaka Airport to QAC. QLDC consultants Martin Jenkins have confirmed that this is effectively just a “blip” of a few years.

So QAC can (and in our view will) build a jet airport in Wanaka when they deem the conditions are right.

[Further update 10 Feb 2021] We are still waiting for the outcome of the Judicial Review. But in the meantime, we have updated our positioning around key issues in light of the impacts of Covid-19 and the recent announcement about Tarras International Airport. Find out more here.

[Further update 11 March 2021] Our recent letter to the PM, ministers and councillors has received responses. All three local Wānaka Ward councillors are against further development of Wānaka Airport – see full details here.

What can you do about this?

There’s lots of information on this website – see below. But the two things you can do stop this are to consider contributing some money to our legal campaign (we’re due in court later this year to stop this madness), and also sign up to be a member and recieve updates. You can do both of these things from our Help Us page.

So what is happening?

A small group of executives in Auckland and Queenstown are making decisions about your children’s future. QAC has announced plans for significant development at Wanaka Airport, and they are now moving fast. They already have substantial ownership and control of Wanaka Airport, and despite current impacts on tourism and aviation due to COVID-19, they show no signs of changing their plans significantly.

The Upper Clutha community is not being properly consulted on any of this. The airport is proposed to run scheduled jet services that under the current proposed plan, by 2035 we could expect up to 2.8 million passenger movements annually at Wanaka Airport.

QAC has made it clear that it wants to build a jet airport at Wanaka Airport. We are just 2 years in to a 100 year so-called “lease”, which can also be renewed “in perpetuity”. So it is clear that the community’s wishes will be overridden some time in the future, and our only way to stop this is to get it back under community ownership and control.

Want more detail?

On this website, we have included the facts and information we have to date. Take a look at the following pages to find out more:

What will this mean for us?

The scale of development will have a massive and far reaching impact on Wanaka’s infrastructure and its desirability both as a place to live and a destination to visit. More information here.

Our community and infrastructure are under pressure now and the environment is clearly suffering from the adverse effects of recent rapid and unchecked growth. […] Recent announcements re the development of the Wanaka Airport are likely to have a significant impact on the quality of both the community space we live in and the environment.

Michael Ross, Chairperson, Wanaka Stakeholders Group

What can you do about this?

Protect Wanaka is a site set up to help you understand the issues and see how you can get involved and have your say. Don’t let QAC decide the future of your community without your input!

There are various ways in which you can take action, including contributing to the costs of our legal campaign and joining as amember. Check out the current options here.

Importantly, please take a moment to sign up to join Wanaka Stakeholders Group Incorporated, to keep informed about developments and help give us a stronger voice.

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