Burns Deplores Huge KCDC Subsidies For Air Chathams

‘I find news that Kapiti Coast District Council has handed over $750,000 of ratepayers’ money to Air Chathams disturbing and worrying’ says Guy Burns Deputy Chair of the Paraparaumu Raumati Community Board.

Guy Burns

He says: ‘

‘Council should stick to providing core services and focus on keeping rates down (nearly 7 percent this year).

‘I find it hard to believe that Council has chosen become a subsidiser of private enterprise and I have asked KCDC’s Chief Executive for an explanation.

‘I would have thought Council would have learned not to use ratepayers money unwisely, as a similar situation occurred in 2012 when Kapiti Coast District Council lost over one million dollars of ratepayers’ money supporting the Clean Technology Trust in Otaki.

UPDATE 1 June 2021: Stuff have amended their article and it now claims Air Chathams have recieved nearly $750,000 of ratepayers money, not $1.5 million as I originally had read–bad error Dileepa Fonseka.

Last November I put in a LGOIMA (official information) request for all correspondence between the KCDC and Air Chathams since Air NZ quit Kapiti. I didn’t get much because of “commercial sensitivity”, (read “political embarrassment”) so that’s currently with the Ombudsman. Ombudsman’s complaints are taking ever longer to be dealt with these days, unfortunately.

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