Protest against Wellington airport extension

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Hundreds of Wellington residents have protested about the proposed extension of Wellington airport’s runway.
A total of 776 submissions made on the the airport’s application for a resource consent shows more than two-thirds are against.
Airlines, residents’ associations and hundreds of individuals do not want the extension.
Many submitters cited environmental concerns, construction noise and the cost of the project. Both Qantas and Air New Zealand opposed the project, along with the Board of Airline Representatives.
Those in favour particularly cited the opportunities for economic growth. Submitters included Chambers of Commerce and tourism development groups from Marlborough through to Hawke’s Bay.
It also included local icons such as Weta Workshop and the World of Wearable Arts.

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