Storm Clouds Over Kapiti’s Airport

Dark clouds are gathering over Kapiti’s Airport in Paraparaumu and it’s survival is threatened, according to Community Board member Guy Burns and Kapiti Councillor Bernie Randall.

They warn that Kapiti Mayor K Gurunathan is possibly being ‘blinded by the light over his legacy project the Gateway and he’s taking his eyes of the present and ever threatening danger of the loss of the airport’.

Light planes lined up at the historic airport in Paraparaumu

And Otaki National Party Candidate Tim Costley is saying the airports closure is imminent.

Paraparaumu Ward Councillor Randall says his community wants answers as to what the Council is doing to prevent any shutdown of the airport.

He says the Council should not just rely on some words in a zoning document to protect the airport. More effort is required to find ways to prevent any closure of the airport land.

Worry over job losses

Councillor Randall, and Guy Burns, who is deputy-chair of the Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board, are also worried about possible job losses if the airport closes.

The airport is used by the Kapiti Aero Club. There are also helicopter flights, scheduled air services — as well as maintenance and other services.

In April Paraparaumu/Raumati Board deputy Guy Burns bought this matter to the public attention when he discovered NZProCo Ltd, who bought the block of land last October, were selling parcels of the land. He expressed concern then that it may include the 40 ha airport zone.

Another issue is that Airways may be planning to close the airfield flight information services provided at the airport. This may impact on Air Chathams flights.

The Paraparaumu/Raumati Community Board Chair wrote to Civil Aviation voicing support for Flight Information Services and objecting to its possible removal.

Paraparaumu Ward Councillor Randall says his community wants answers as to what the Council is doing to prevent any shutdown of the airport now or in the future.

The Council should not just rely on some words in a zoning document giving the airport protection. More effort is required to find ways to prevent any closure of the airport land.

Owners selling off off land parcels

In April Guy Burns bought this matter to the public attention when he discovered NZProCo Ltd, who bought the block of land last October, were selling parcels of that land. He expressed concern then that it may include the 40 ha airport zone.

Burns and Randall say the airport is an essential resource in the event of a natural disaster or emergency.

It is also the focal heartland of Kapiti.  A cherished open space.

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