Big news on past and current helipad applications:

Are they non-complying and improperly-consented?

Firstly, an update: Your many protests and objections have been effective in persuading Auckland planning to send Obsidian’s application back for more information. Quiet Sky Waiheke have strongly challenged the way that Auckland has awarded helipad applications in the past, pointing out three different provisions in the District Plan that should require applications to be refused if they damage peace, quiet and safety. The Obsidian application is in the hands of a planning consultant under contract to Council who will prepare a report and recommendation.  This will be reviewed by the planning staff and submitted to an ‘independent’ duty commissioner who will approve or decline the application.  We have been told that all our emails, memoranda, and other documents will be submitted to this commissioner.

Our petition with 1368 names was delivered to the Auckland Council planning committee on 5 August.  It included a call for a moratorium on all new helipads.  While Council probably won’t formally declare a moratorium, we hope that the petition will help bring about a reform of the way the planning staff has dealt with helipads, beginning with Obsidian.  The strong notice of motion from the Waiheke Local Board on 21 July has encouraged the same outcome, particularly since it will require a formal response by Auckland Council.

Nonetheless there has been a new application for a helipad, at 345 Gordons Road. We have submitted a letter outlining our objection to that, and we encourage others to again voice their own opinions to:

brad.allen@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Planning Team Leader, Auckland Council

with copies to:

ian.smallburn@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
General Manager, Resource Consents

craig.hobbs@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Director, Regulator Services

cath.handley@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Chair, Waiheke Local Board

pippa.coom@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Auckland Councillor for Waiheke

chris.darby@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz
Chair, Auckland Planning Committee

quietskywaiheke@outlook.com
Quiet Sky Waiheke

Your previous emails have been so effective in prompting action within council.

We have also been told that a decision is pending on whether council has been processing helicopter consents wrongly. Both the Obsidian and Gordons Road applications and all of the other 48 have been made as though the activity is restricted discretionary (which means council has a restricted amount of discretion…or in other words can’t decline the applications, so long as they meet very lax rules). However, a comprehensive planning opinion makes clear that this is wrong, and that more rules from the district plan apply than have been considered and that overall helipad applications are non-complying.

Below is a list of the consented helipads on Waiheke Island. If they have indeed been incorrectly-processed, the consents could be overturned by judicial review. In a similar situation – in which not all of the plan rules were applied by council when processing consents – property owners were asked to reapply for their consents.

Consent NumberActivityAddressDecision Date
LUC60344718To establish a new helicopter pad on the subject site,55 Korora Road WAIHEKE ISLAND 108127 Sep 2019 Granted
LUC60339218Establish a helipad12 Alan Murray Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    108124 Jul 2019 Granted
LUC60332379Helipad520 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197111 Apr 2019 Granted
LUC60327253Helipad142 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197112 Nov 2018 Granted
LUC60325117Helipad26 Donald Bruce Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108126 Oct 2018 Granted
LUC60317583Helipad55 Nick Johnstone Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    197118 Jul 2018 Granted
LUC60308702Helipad and flight movements.192 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    19715 Feb 2018 Granted
LUC60305239Helipad43 Park Point Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    108115 Jan 2018 Granted
LUC60303456Helipad13 Alan Murray Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    108131 Jul 2017 Granted
LUC60115286Helipad161 Nick Johnstone Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    197121 Apr 2017 Granted
LUC60115179Establish Helipad74 Korora Road Waiheke Island Auckland    10815 Apr 2017 Granted
LUC60129560Establish a helipad513 Gordons Road WAIHEKE ISLAND 197130 Sep 2016 Granted
LUC60138403Establish Heli Pad1 Margaret Reeve Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    197116 Aug 2016 Granted
LUC60119892Establish Helipad72 Onetangi Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197130 Nov 2015 Granted
LUC60087738-AVariation to consent conditions to enable helicopters to fly after twilight (14 movements) and after 10pm (6 movements).171 Carsons Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197123 Nov 2015 Granted
LUC60116010On going use of Helipad80 Onetangi Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108117 Nov 2015 Granted
LUC60110984Construct Helipad182 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197128 Aug 2015 Granted
LUC60109993Proposed Helipad341 Gordons Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197120 Aug 2015 Granted
LUC60121640Establish helipad12 Nick Johnstone Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    197131 Jul 2015 Granted
LUC60134606Construct and operate private helipad621 Gordons Road Waiheke Island Auckland    19714 Jun 2015 Granted
LUC60133351Helicopter landing pad220 Delamore Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    108124 Apr 2015 Granted
LUC60112169Establish a Helipad27 Dolphin Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    108124 Oct 2014 Granted
LUC60118545Helicopter movements82 Onetangi Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197130 Jun 2014 Granted
LUC60129679Establish Helipad211 Delamore Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    108125 Jun 2014 Granted
LUC60104428Helicopter movements41 Park Point Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    10816 Jun 2014 Granted
LUC60111619Helicopter landings136 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197130 Apr 2014 Granted
LUC60116874Establish Helipad78 Korora Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108112 Mar 2014 Granted
LUC60119234Helicopter movements14 Te Miro Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    10817 Nov 2013 Granted
LUC60119269Helicopter movements160 Nick Johnstone Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    19717 Nov 2013 Granted
LUC60107923Helicopter movements57-67 Great Barrier Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108125 Oct 2013 Granted
LUC60106790Helicopter movements43 Dolphin Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    10812 Oct 2013 Granted
FVC90046257Establish a function facility and helipad150 Trig Hill Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108111 Sep 2013 Granted
LUC60135588Helicopter Movements124 Church Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108110 Sep 2013 Granted
LUC60135663Helicopter movements126 Church Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    10815 Sep 2013 Granted
LUC60135776Helicopter movements131 Church Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    10819 Aug 2013 Granted
CER70005776Helicopter existing use.83 Delamore Drive Waiheke Island Auckland    10815 Aug 2013 CER issued
LUC60137409Helicopter  movements40 Cable Bay Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    10812 Aug 2013 Granted
LUC60110424Helicopter landing pad218A Te Whau Drive WAIHEKE ISLAND 197126 Jul 2013 Granted
LUC60112530Construct a Helipad205A-215A Awaawaroa Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197121 Jun 2013 Granted
LUC60109617Helicopter Landings192A Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197112 Jun 2013 Granted
CER70005136Existing use of Helicopters378 Cowes Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197127 May 2013 CER issued
CER70005912Existing use for helicopter movements306 Cowes Bay Road WAIHEKE ISLAND 197111 Apr 2013 CER issued
LUC60134351Helicopter landings60 Cable Bay Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    10814 Mar 2013 Granted
LUC60104130Install Helipad729 Orapiu Road Waiheke Island Auckland    197127 Feb 2013 Granted
CER70005941movement of helicopters36 Vintage Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    19715 Feb 2013 CER issued
LUC60110742consent for helicopter landings725 Man O’War Bay Road Waiheke Island Auckland    10818 May 2012 Granted
LUC60103614Permission for Helicopter landings60 Cable Bay Lane Waiheke Island Auckland    10814 Mar 2013 Granted
LUC60373786Helipad22 Te Makiri Road Waiheke Island Auckland    108110 Mar 2021 On hold
LUC60383437Helipad345 Gordons Road Waiheke Island Auckland 108113 September 2021
(status unknown)