Local politician Guy Burns says it’s been ‘a Sad Day for Local Government in Kapiti’ following news the KCDC will give $150,000 to help Air Chathams.
Mr Burns spoke out after news the Kapiti Coast District Council will give $150,000 to help Air Chathams to start flying from Paraparaumu to Auckland.
Mr Burns, Deputy Chair of the Raumati-Paraparaumu Community Board, says:
“Councillors have shown poor judgement handing over ratepayers’ money to a private, profit-making business.
“Air Chathams needs to stand on its own feet if it thinks it’s feasible to fly out of Paraparaumu.
“Rate rises are high, debt levels have skyrocketed.
“There’s no place for local government subsidising private enterprise. “
“In fact , he says, “KCDC have lost millions over the years in failed attempts to promote economic development.
“KCDC should stick to the basics of providing core services for ratepayers, not using public funds for subsidising Air Chathams.”