Protect Wanaka

This afternoon, QLDC announced that it will not appeal the High Court decision about Wānaka Airport, which is welcome news. Our reaction is below: The following is a brief statement from...

From QLDC: “Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has confirmed that it will not pursue an appeal in the matter of the High Court decision on the Wānaka Airport lease released on 21...

A leading academic has described Christchurch City Council’s plans for addressing climate change as “a quick throw-together of bullet points”. Professor Bronwyn Hayward, a Canterbury University political scientist and climate change researcher, described climate...

In letter to ministers, groups say aviation strategy needed after sector included in binding climate targets. There are expansions planned at seven airports in England: Leeds Bradford, Luton, Bristol, Southampton, Heathrow,...

New Zealand’s international air travel market is unlikely to recover to pre-pandemic levels for five years, say analysts at Forsyth Barr. In a report into the transport sector, they say domestic...

Concerned locals gathered at the Lake Wānaka Centre yesterday (Tuesday May 4) to record their dissatisfaction with the draft Queenstown Lakes Spatial Plan.  At public hearings to the spatial plan, submitters...

Today, we gave a verbal submission to accompany our written submission on the Spatial Plan (SP). Our verbal submission, in full below, also reflects the High Court decision (which came out...

Allowing airports to expand and accepting too much tourism and population growth were the main points criticised by the public in their submissions on the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s draft spatial...

A new airport being proposed for Central Otago farmland by a Christchurch City Council-owned company may soon face formal pushback – from its own councillors. City councillors are set to vote on whether...

Several Queenstown Lakes district councillors, as well as the mayor, fronted up to protesters who were accusing them of “not listening” to the residents of the Upper Clutha. About 40 people...