The Kāpiti Coast District Council is currently hearing submissions on its proposed Long-Term Plan (LTP), and has asked our community if it should ‘explore ways to have a role in the airport?’.
Save Kāpiti Airport – a coalition of Kāpiti locals advocating to keep our airport open – says yes, and strongly agrees with the statement in the LTP which says “There may be a role for the Council and Government in Kāpiti Coast Airport. As representatives of their communities, local and central government are best placed to realise the economic benefits that flow from airports.”.
We believe KCDC has an important leadership role to play in protecting the airport and charting the path for its future. The future of such a major asset will impact greatly on the community and wider region. We believe it can’t be left entirely to private interests. As an agency of the Crown, KCDC also has a duty as Treaty partner to respect and uphold the interests of the mana whenua of the airport land.
We would like to see KCDC lead these conversations on the airport’s future.
Public opinion polling conducted for Save Kāpiti Airport shows high levels of support for keeping the airport open among locals, with 85% of Kāpiti residents surveyed opposing the Airport’s closure. The Airport is important to the economic future of Kāpiti, as well as an important asset for medical emergencies and following a major disaster.
Additionally, a KCDC survey in Dec 2020 revealed 95% of Kāpiti residents surveyed agreed it is important to the community to have an operational airport. Over 100,000 people live within half an hour of the airport, with 1,500 new houses expected in the KCDC area alone in the next seven years. As Kāpiti continues to grow, with additional health, educational, and cultural infrastructure expected over the coming years, the need for an airport will only increase.
We will be supporting our submission in person, at the LTP hearings – with the Council due to finalise the plan on 24 June, 2021.
Read our submission by clicking here.