Airport-related action despite council’s ‘pause’ [ODT, 31/08/19]
The Wanaka Stakeholders Group – in letters sent to QLDC councillors and the QAC board – has repeated requests for “full disclosure of the agreements and contractual arrangements relating to Wanaka Airport”.
Among the documents being sought by the group are the lease of Wanaka Airport granted by the QLDC to the QAC, and the “strategic alliance agreement” between Auckland International Airport Ltd and QAC.
Auckland Airport owns 24.99% of QAC, and the QLDC owns the rest.
The group’s deputy chairman, Mark Sinclair, in his letter to councillors, wanted to know what legal right the QLDC believed it had to control development.
“The worth of council’s recent resolution promising consultation with the community and reconsideration by QLDC of any key issues depends entirely on whether QLDC has retained all of [or sufficient of] its legal powers of ownership and control of Wanaka Airport.”