Updated 6 January 2021

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Leave Tarras alone, you greedsters- THE PRESS
Tarras International Airport genius and madness - STUFF

Airport updates not full picture - ODT

Airport plan "Competition quagmire for councils" - ODT

Tarras airport plan "Act of evil" - ODT

Plan to build airport "Act of evil" students warn - STUFF

CODC to discuss airport plans - ODT

Airport critics cite climate crisis - ODT

Protesters demonstrate opposition to new airport - STUFF

Tarras takes airport battle to ChCh Council - CRUX

Climate activists protest Tarras airport plan - ODT

Airport plan views clash - ODT

Chance for opponents to air concerns - ODT

Airport bid "predatory activity" - ODT

Impact of climate change on air travel- STUFF

Dividends should not decide our fate - Mark Sinclair in ODT

Flying in the face of reason or not? - ODT

New airport more a gamble than a strategy - CRUX

"New Approach" questioned - ODT

Christchurch International Airport New Approach
- C.I.A.L.
Qtown Airport expansion on hold - ODT

Airport finished in a decade - ODT

Airport shareholders received hint of plans - ODT

Airport "still talking..." - ODT

Dismay at lack of proposed airport detail - ODT

Yet to hear from airport - ODT

Mysterious airport no one seems to want - Newsroom

Backing for airport called into question - ODT

Maori history factor for Tarras airport
Tarras airport a great opportunity - Flightplan 2050

Covid 19 may hit CIAL dividends - The Press
ChCh airport can "wait for me to die" - The Press
Environment, overtourism real concerns - ODT

Commercial rivalry behind airport plan - ODT

ChCh Airport emails-"strategic risk" - CRUX

Plans for airport at Tarras don't stack up - ODT

Tarras Airport-Genius or Madness? - ODT

Hercules Inbound? -
Let the much loved quiet, stay
- Stuff
Canterbury Quakes Drove Airport Dream -
Idea must consider tourism's future - ODT Editorial
Airport objections sent to Govt.- ODT
Meeting 98% Against - CRUX
United Against Tarras Airport - ODT
WSG on Tarras Airport - Scoop
Blindsided Tarras landowners
- Stuff
ChCh representatives to attend meeting -
Tarras invites executives to talks -
Gathering Discusses Airport Plan -
Airport 'vote of confidence' - ODT
Pilots Welcome Plans - NZ Herald
Fly-in Takeover at Tarras - ODT
No airport until Qtwn at capacity - Stuff
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


Reinventing Tourism - Newsroom - new

Ombudsman Report into ChCh City Council

Airport services disclosure requirements - Commerce Commission

Auditor General Local Govt - Airports

ICAO Environmental Report - Airports

CIAL Statement of Intent 2021

Socio-Economic Imapcts of Airport Infrastructure - Martin Jenkins & Assoc. / QLDC

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


Sustainable Tarras Incorporated News
What is Sustainable Tarras?
We’ve formed an incorporated society called Sustainable Tarras Inc, because we didn’t want to be just about opposing an airport.  Our vision is about making our valley a better place to be, for ourselves, our families and for all who pass through.
More information on the society next week, in the meantime some updates on our questions and challenges around the proposed airport.
“Flying blind” around the airport plans - Tarras in the news
The committee sent a deputation to Christchurch City Council on Wednesday last week.  The Council owns 75% of Christchurch International Airport (CIAL) and this was an opportunity to push them to release the plan for the airport at Tarras
On Thursday, the council finance committee:
…….   requested an urgent confidential briefing with Christchurch City Holdings Ltd and Christchurch International Airport Ltd with regards to the matters raised in the deputations relating to the proposed Tarras Airport development, as soon as possible in the new year, 2021
This attracted quite a bit of media attention on Radio NZ; TVNZ and newspapers. ( has the full list and our recent presentation is at )
One of our main points was that we need to see what the airport plan looks like before we can comment sensibly on the proposal.  We especially want to hear from CIAL what benefits the proposal may have for the local Tarras community.
CIAL representatives to meet with CODC this Wednesday 9th
CIAL will be presenting to the CODC councillors in open session at 10.30am this Wednesday in Alexandra.  It is a public meeting, and we will have some people there.
The topic is the airport plan.  It should be an interesting meeting and for those who can’t attend, we’ll provide a summary.
Next update – we can do this!  
Local community sessions have started and we’re getting great feedback & ideas.  We’ll include a schedule of meetings in the next update and some themes we’ve heard from you. Our next update will be in about a week.  Any questions or comments on what you’d like to see in these emails, please email,
                                                            Thanks for listening, ngā mihi nui




Land purchased for proposed Tarras airport, indicative.

Extract from C.I.A.L newsletter 17 Dec 2020

Indicative Timeframes

Many people have asked, if the airport goes ahead, how long it might be before planes are flying. 

We understand that certainty is important to you but delivering an airport Central Otago can be proud of is a long term undertaking. At this early stage, it is difficult to give exact timeframes but our current expectation is that it’s likely to be around ten years before any airport could open.

What are the next steps?

2021 will see us start a large number of pieces of work as we explore the viability of the project, including the design and operational details of a potential airport. 

The planning and development process is complex and will include multiple, inter-connected work streams that will require careful sequencing. We don't want to leave any question unanswered and many of the studies below can't be started until we have the output of other investigations.

The diagram below is an indicative outline of the project that gives you some insight into the scale of the work we have ahead of us. It may also help to explain why there isn't just a plan we can roll out at this point in time.

Rest assured we have been getting on with the 'Airspace' work streams so we can answer some of the questions around runway alignment and flight paths next year.


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).

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.


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 legality 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