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Land purchased for proposed Tarras airport, indicative.


UPDATE - NO NEW AIRPORT: COMMUNITY BOARD

WHAT HAS HAPPENED?
Some work has gone on after last week's Tarras community meeting:
- Talking with media and government
- Confirming the appropriate trust and board to keep this going
- Getting some expert viewpoints including legal advice
- Getting viewpoints from the wider community (Luggate, Cromwell)

Waitaki electorate MP Jacqui Dean has asked to meet the community Thursday 13 August at the Tarras Community Hall 11.00am.

We feel now it is time for us to get back to you and set up a proper board and some teams to so some work and keep us all informed.

NEXT STEPS
Set up a trust and get a board representing those of us who have questions about why we need another airport. Vote up the board and confirm what work teams we need.
We are asking for expressions of interest for the board. People with a passion to challenge why an airport is needed and what plans Christchurch airport have for the 750ha of land and water rights.

CAN I HELP OUTSIDE THE BOARD?
Yes! We will need some people to give advice and help on action groups.

AIRPORT COMMUNICATION
A number of the community have had an email from the Christchurch airport for 1:1 meetings.
The airport CEO has met with a small group already.
If you would like to talk around how to deal with these approaches, and how you ensure the airport has your views on record, please drop us an email at tarrascommunity@gmail.com and we can arrange a time.

NOMINATIONS DUE
Please send your nomination (and you can nominate yourself!) to tarrascommunity@gmail.com by Monday 17th August. Your nomination should include a short sentence or two around what you'll bring to the board and your perspective on the proposed airport.

ELECTING THE BOARD
If we get a lot of nominations, we'll have a short meeting in the Tarras hall, with potentially a pot luck afterwards.
We'll update you on the nominations by Monday next week.

CONTACT
If you have questions or would like to talk to one of the interim team please contact us via email on tarrascommunity@gmail.com and we can arrange a call.

Our email address is: tarrascommunity@gmail.com


LINKS TO NEWS MEDIA ARTICLES 

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Tarras Airport-Genius or Madness? - ODT
Hercules Inbound? -
ODT
Let the much loved quiet, stay
- Stuff
Canterbury Quakes Drove Airport Dream -
BusinessDesk
Idea must consider tourism's future - ODT Editorial
Airport objections sent to Govt.- ODT
Meeting 98% Against - CRUX
United Against Tarras Airport - ODT
Blindsided Tarras landowners - Stuff
ChCh representatives to attend meeting -
ODT
Tarras invites executives to talks -
ODT
Gathering Discusses Airport Plan -
ODT
Airport 'vote of confidence' - ODT
Pilots Welcome Plans - NZ Herald
Fly-in Takeover at Tarras - ODT
Locals in the dark - Radio NZ
Environmental concerns - Stuff
Air New Zealand comment - Stuff
Locals horrified - Radio NZ
Land Purchases - CRUX
Airport Shock - CRUX
Up in the Air - ODT


BACKGROUND ARTICLES

A revealing Queenstown take on a Tarras airport - Flightplan2050

Tarras no stranger to sly land-buyer - ODT Feature 8 August 2020

Environmental Impact of Aviation - Wikipedia

Rethinking Tourism "Less could be More" - Newsroom

Christchurch International Airport Ltd - Media release



Airports: Deadly neighbours

Extract of "Airports: Deadly Neighbors" by Charles R. Miller
About the Author: Mr. Miller was formerly a supervisor with a major airline and is currently a director of the Alliance of Residents Concerning O'Hare (AReCO) working on airport environmental issues.
What kinds of health effects may be occurring to the population in your neighborhood can be seen from a report, dated June 20, 1997 to the Georgetown Crime Prevention and Community Council by the Seattle-King County Department of Public Health. Georgetown is an area of Seattle, and surrounds the King County International Airport (Boeing Field), King County, in turn, surrounds greater Seattle. (The Georgetown Council is a sister organization to AReCO and member of US-CAW (United States Citizens Aviation Watch). When comparing hospitalization rates for Georgetown (Zip Code 98108) to those of King and North King Counties, the following, alarming statistics resulted:

  • a 57% higher asthma rate

  • a 28% higher pneumonia/influenza rate

  • a 26% higher respiratory disease rate

  • an 83% higher pregnancy complication rate

  • a 50% higher infant mortality rate

  • genetic diseases are statistically higher

mortality rates are 48% higher for all causes of death: 57% higher for heart disease, a 36% higher cancer death rate with pneumonia and influenza among the top five leading causes average life expectancy 70.4 years (the same as in many developing nations) compared to Seattle's of 76.0 years.

Did you ever wonder what blows out of a jet airplane? Here is what you'll find in the air around an airport:

Freon 11, Freon 12, Methyl Bromide, Dichloromethane, cis-l,2-Dichloroethylene, 1,1,1-Trichloro-ethane, Carbon Tetrachloride, Benzene, Trichloroethylene, Toluene, Tetrachloroethene, Ethylbenzene, m,p-Xylene, o-Xylene, Styrene, 1,3,5-Trimethyl-benzene, 1,2,4-Trimethylbenzene, o-Dichlorobenzene, Formaldehyde, Acetaldehyde, Acrolein, Acetone, Propinaldehyde, Crotonaldehyde, Isobutylaldehyde, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Benzaldehyde, Veraldehyde, Hexanaldehyde, Ethyl Alcohol, Acetone, Isopropyl Alcohol, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Butane,

Isopentane, Pentane, Hexane, Butyl Alcohol, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone, n,n-Dimethyl Acetamide, Dimethyl Disulfide, m-Cresol, 4-Ethyl Toulene, n-Heptaldehyde, Octanal, 1,4-Dioxane, Methyl Phenyl Ketone, Vinyl Acetate, Heptane, Phenol, Octane, Anthracene, Dimethylnapthalene (isomers), Flouranthene, 1-methylnaphthalene, 2-methylnaphthalene, Naph-thalene, Phenanthrene, Pyrene , Benzo(a)pyrene, 1-nitropyrene, 1,8-dinitropyrene, 1,3-Butadiene, sulfites, nitrites, nitrogen oxide, nitrogen monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen trioxide, nitric acid, sulfur oxides, sulfur dioxide, sulfuric acid, urea, ammonia, carbon monoxide, ozone, particulate matter (PM10, PM2.5).

What symptoms can occur with prolonged exposure to these chemicals?

ASPHYXIATION
ASTHMA
BRAIN CANCER
CANCER
CONJUNCTIVE IRRITATION
COUGHING
DELAYED HYPERSENSITIVITY
DISTORTED PERCEPTIONS
DROWSINESS
DYSPNEA HEADACHE
EEG [ELECTRO ENCEPHALO GRAPH] CHANGES
EMPHYSEMA

FLUSHING
HALLUCINATIONS
HEART DISEASE
HODGKIN'S DISEASE
KIDNEY DAMAGE
LACRIMATION
LIVER DAMAGE
LUNG DISEASE
LUNG STRUCTURE DAMAGE
LUNG TIGHTNESS
LYMPHOMA
MENTAL DEPRESSION
MULTIPLE ORGAN INVOLVEMENT

MUSCLE WEAKNESS
MUTATIONS
MYELOID LEUKEMIA
NASAL EFFECTS
NAUSEA, VOMITING
PULSE RATE DECREASE
PULMONARY IRRITATION
RESPIRATORY SYSTEM DAMAGE
SKIN AND EYE IRRITATION
SYSTEMIC IRRITATION
TUMORS
WHEEZING



No Cues Yet for Tarras Airport
Brent Melville, © BusinessDesk.co.nz

Christchurch International Airport's plans for a new international airport at Tarras in Central Otago, have sparked debate on social media, with an early Facebook review noting, "great service, open plan dining and amazing scenery, by far the shortest cue (sic) I have had leaving or entering Queenstown!". While it is tongue in cheek, the comment reflects a widely held perception that Queenstown's Frankton airport is bursting at the seams, with the land under its three runways better suited for developing 5,000 new houses, a hospital and community amenities, in line with a $1.6 billion plan unveiled for the Queenstown suburb last year.

Air New Zealand has stoked that view, with its chief operating officer Carrie Hurihanganui saying the Tarras concept "deserves consideration," on the back of growth projections that suggest existing airport infrastructure in Queenstown is insufficient for the long term and "will eventually exceed its capacity limits." And even pilots, who have never been that fond of the challenges of parking their planes on the Queenstown tarmac, have given Tarras a thumbs up, with NZ Airline Pilots' Association president Andrew Ridling saying it had "good approaches" and represented a viable alternative to both Dunedin and Queenstown.

Not everyone supports developing an international airport near the 231-strong farming settlement however. Richard Matheson, a land surveyor at Christchurch City Council posted on social media that it's a "shocking proposal to go building an airport there. I'll be making damn sure it never happens!" Airport invested Christchurch airport has invested $45 million into the venture, buying up 750 hectares across four separate land holdings adjacent to State Highway 8, located about 31-kilometres southeast of Wanaka. Chief executive Malcolm Johns said early plans were to situate an airport with a 2.2 kilometre runway, capable of landing an Airbus A320 or lower-emission 787 aircraft, near the town which up until now, was most famous for John Perriam's Bendigo Station and its former merino sheep resident, Shrek. A Perriam family spokesperson told BusinessDesk that while the construction or operation of an airport would not be expected to have an impact on the station, it could well boost sales at Tarras Village and its Merino shop, still owned and run by the family.

Johns said he expected the full process, which could include the site being developed in "modules", to take five-to-15 years to get off the ground, at a capital investment of about $500 million. Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult,said he thinks that estimate is a bit light, and has said that aviation consultants he had spoken to last year estimated construction of a greenfields airport at closer to $2 billion, making funding a critical consideration. Boult, a former Christchurch airport chief executive and government board appointee, said Tarras had "fundamental flaws" in the form of fog, terrain and road-links as a potential airport site and is therefore unlikely to unseat Queenstown or Dunedin Airports as the region's main arrival terminals "anytime soon".
Last year the Queenstown airport was the primary entry point for about 400,000 visitors into Central Otago, but Boult said Christchurch airport has underestimated the longer term implications of the covid-19 pandemic on international tourism. Spare capacity "Queenstown's airport has plenty of capacity. Planes are parked up around the world, and international borders are going to be closed for some time, so we think the existing airports will be enough to support tourism for some time." "Their plan is to fly in widebody jets but we've already got Air NZ flying the A321s into Frankton and they are quieter and more fuel efficient." He said there are other options to building a brand new airport more than 90 minutes' drive from Queenstown, with Invercargill airport about two hours drive away. Boult said the unintended outcome of covid may be that fewer, but wealthier, people come in once the borders are open, with higher priced fares. "So while higher fares aren't great news for locals, that could be one silver lining for the region." While he wished Christchurch airport well, he noted that "not one new airport has been built under the current Resource Management Act."



Letter from Mike Singleton 27.7.20
Christchurch Airport project leader for Central Otago project

Dear John,
My name is Michael Singleton and I will be leading the Central Otago project for Christchurch Airport. Our team has passed your correspondence on to me.
I look forward to meeting with you in the way you feel most comfortable, but I'd like to explain why the public meeting you suggest might not work at this stage.

We appreciate news of our acquisition of land at Tarras came as a surprise to many. I must be unapologetic about that. Confidentiality was necessary through the land acquisition stage, otherwise we simply would not have been able to get to the start line. However, having acquired the land we wanted to be open about our project as soon as possible.

We want to introduce ourselves and openly discuss our project with everyone in the community, before we begin any detailed planning. This might not be what you expect from us, but we believe it is the right way to begin. We want to listen, reflect back what we have heard and then factor that into our timing, design and approach. We are not in any hurry for those next steps. Formal consultation processes will happen, but they will happen much later. For now our focus is on conversation.

The advantage of these conversations is to provide us with the chance to hear directly from people, to help inform and shape the best way for us to deliver information as we develop the various pieces we will, of course, share once they are formed.

There are therefore two reasons why we are hesitant about your public meeting. First, we are simply much earlier in the project than you suspect. The documents you identify in your agenda simply have not been created yet. Second, public meetings work well when someone has something to impart, but we are not sure they work well as a way of listening to everyone's views.
Often, only the loudest voices get heard. We'd rather start by listening to everyone in the way they feel comfortable, which is why we're not convinced a public meeting is the right way to start.

What I think might work better is to meet with you, and others, individually, to introduce myself and the project, then take it from there. I'm sure we will have public meetings in the future.
Regards
Michael



TARRAS COMMUNITY PRESS RELEASE 27.7.2020

Tarras International Airport? Community has questions.
The Tarras community urgently convened a meeting on Sunday to address the implications of a proposed International Airport at Tarras Central Otago.
There was unanimous agreement that this was a matter of national rather than just local concern. The major concern was evident lack of due process. For example Christchurch International Airport Ltd is 25% owned by the Crown and 75% by Christchurch City Council. What did the government know about this proposal?
There are many other open questions including climate change, sustainable tourism, the funding trail and the legaility of the whole process.
A public meeting will be held at 7pm on Wednesday 29th July, at the Tarras Community Hall, to which members of national and local government, and a representative of Christchurch International Airport are also invited.

Tarras Community Trust
TarrasCommunity@gmail.com



Updated 11 August 2020