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Civil Aviation Bill (2nd Reading)

The Civil Aviation Bill is having its second reading in Parliament at the moment. There have been ten speakers so far, with videos of their speeches here. Much of what was discussed is not of direct relevance to the Quiet Sky Waiheke campaign, however, there have been some speeches of direct relevance, which are described below: Chlöe Swarbrick of…

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Easier submission in support of SOPs

In our previous post we asked you to please write a brief email to the Minister responsible for aviation, Kieran McAnulty (with copies to Chlöe Swarbrick and Helen White) in support of Chlöe Swarbrick’s proposed amendment to the Civil Aviation Bill. If you received one of the previous posts by email, please note that one of the links had a…

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Quiet Sky Waiheke needs your help!

Over the last 18 months we have followed a number of strategies at a local and national level, one of which was making a submission on the new Civil Aviation Bill which is currently going through parliament. Partly as a result of our efforts, the following clause has been inserted into the Bill: Clause 58. Rules for noise abatement purposes The Minister may…

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Petition by Quiet Sky Waitematā

Our friends at Quiet Sky Waitematā have an active Facebook page which catalogues their campaign against private helicopter use in residential Auckland. They also have an active petition which calls for Auckland Council to heavily regulate helicopter activity in Waitematā. If you decide to add your name to the petition, please note that any money you donate to Change.org…

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Including Helicopters in the TERP

The Transport Emissions Reduction Pathway (TERP) has been adopted by Auckland Council and it’s a good plan. It’s also relevant to Quiet Sky Waiheke. (Transport Emissions Reduction Plan Final for Adoption) Aviation is a highly carbon intensive mode of transport, and cities around the world have been formulating strategies to reduce the emissions generated by aviation, while noting that…

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Herne Bay Application Publicly-notified

We have received a request from Quiet Sky Waitemata to publicise that submissions may be made on the following publicly-notified helicopter application. Paula and Simon Herbert of 15 Cremorne St, Herne Bay have applied to double the number of daily flights allowed under their consent. Anyone in New Zealand can make a submission on their application. Time unfortunately is…

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Progress!

We are pleased to announce that here has been steady progress towards regulating helicopters over Waiheke Island over the last few months – the fruit of a sustained campaign by Quiet Sky Waiheke, solid work by the Waiheke Local Board, Councillor Pippa Coom, and MP Chlöe Swarbrick, and significant media coverage, both locally and nationally. Our website is a…

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Finally Getting Serious!

On 3 May, the Planning Committee again discussed helicopters: They passed the following resolutions: Quiet Sky Waiheke noted a distinct change in the Council dialogue compared to previous meetings. There were significant contributions to the meeting from Local Councillor Pippa Coom, Committee Chair Chris Darby, and Mayor Phil Goff. We very much welcome that the issue is now being…

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When will we see some action?

Helicopter consent issues were supposed to have been addressed by Auckland Council in 2019, back when only twenty helipads had been consented on Waiheke. Here’s how it was reported in the NZ Herald. “[Planning Committee Chairman Chris] Darby said a practice note/interpretation guidance to consent planners was now being developed and will be in place “very quickly”. He believed…

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A media frenzy & updates on 48 Korora Road

It’s been a very busy few weeks for Quiet Sky Waiheke which began with a submission to the parliamentary select committee on the Civil Aviation Bill. See the Latest Updates on our website if you missed it. Various media outlets picked up on our submission, which resulted in a Newshub interview on the 5th March featuring Quiet Sky spokesperson…

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“Our airspace is not uncontrolled – it’s out of control”

Cath Handley, Local Board Chair, Waiheke Island. Kim Whitaker of Quiet Sky Waiheke joined Local Board Chair Cath Handley & Local Board member Robin Tucker at the Transport & Infrastructure Committee last Friday 11th February to put across their views on the proposed Civil Aviation Bill. In fifteen minutes the Waiheke contingent outlined the key issues which included: Quiet…

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Woohoo!

In what really is very exciting news for Waiheke residents, the new owners of Obsidian Vineyard have withdrawn the existing application for a helipad at Te Makiri Road. May this be the first of many such successes 🙂 We encourage you to toast the new owners’ insightful decision by visiting their wine cellar at Te Makiri Road. May we…

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Council responds … after 5 months

Niwa has just confirmed that 2021 was New Zealand’s hottest year on record, Mayor Goff has just admitted that Council “… are not doing enough” to reduce emissions, and the people of Waiheke Island, and the Waitemata Local Board are openly dismayed about the proliferation of helicopter transport within the region. So what then was Council’s response to Waiheke…

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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…

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How safe is the helicopter sector?

As a layperson, it is difficult to assess this, however it is concerning that so many flights are not compliant with the aviation rules and that the CAA was not involved in consenting the 48 helipads already existing on Waiheke. The CAA has made its own assessment of the helicopter sector and thinks that it presents an unacceptable risk…

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Godwits!

Welcome back Bar-Tailed Godwits to Blackpool Beach! This year, we’re being quiet for you. Ever wonder whether a profusion of helicopters might be a problem for birds? Have you seen and heard more birds since the lockdown? You wouldn’t be alone. When so many people are expending so much effort on planting trees, trapping exotic predators, and saving endangered…

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The democratic process is working

The democratic process really works, but you have to be involved! In response to all of your emails, Cr Pippa Coom has been interested in the issues of helicopter traffic over Waiheke and has created a Waiheke Quiet Sky tag for posts on her blog. So far one post has appeared, referring to her attendance at the Waiheke Local…

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CAA review of existing helipads

A review process has been started, at our urging, by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) who are contacting all 48 helipads on Waiheke to find out which of them should have submitted a “Part 157” notification. This notification is required if more than 7 flights are ever conducted in any 30 day period.  The Part 157 notification triggers a…

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Auckland Council to review existing helipads

One of the most promising responses to the Local Board’s resolution has been quick agreement by the Council planning staff to review all of the 48 existing helipads to determine whether (1) the helipad consents have lapsed due to lack of use or (2) the consent conditions can be reopened for review and possible modification.   We know that many,…

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Special Use Airspace application

Quiet Sky Waiheke applied to CAA on 3 August for creation of a “Special Use Airspace” over the Island, with specific rules that would control non-essential helicopter flights.  We are asking CAA to require compliance with the guidelines set out in the helicopter industry’s own “Fly Neighbourly Guide“ such as staying over water rather than overflying land, sticking to…

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Local Board meeting a success

To the applause of an overflow audience of 52 people, the Waiheke Local Board unanimously voted for a resolution on the 21st July, asking for a change in the approval standards for helipads, review of existing helipad consents, requirement for public-accessible tracking of helicopter flights, and a Special Use Airspace over Waiheke to impose rules to reduce helicopter noise…

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Please sign our petition!

Go to http://change.org/helicopters to support taking action about helicopter traffic on Waiheke Island. We need as many signatures as possible, so that the Ministry of Transport and Auckland Council can hear our voices above the helicopter noise. Please forward to your friends, family and neighbours so that they too have a chance to be heard. Let’s reclaim our Quiet Skies!

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