Defence Minister trumps Environment Court decision on Whenuapai Airbase engine noise
Defence Minister Ron Mark has over written an Environment Court decision on noise restrictions for aircraft engine testing at Whenuapai Airbase, and advised anyone moving into the area to accept military aircraft noise.
Mark signed a certificate exempting the activity of engine testing at the West Auckland airbase from the Resource Management Act (RMA) 1991.
The Environment Court had ruled that late-night testing of aircraft engines at the airbase was excessive and in breach of the RMA, following complaints from a commercial developer.
New Zealand Defence Force had 20 days to appeal the decision but the minister has exercised his powers under the national security provision and issued a certificate to trump the RMA.
The certificate means the Environment Court ruling in favour of Neil Construction will not affect engine testing at Whenuapai and this will ensure all aircraft operations can continue to be conducted.
His decision was a clear and loud message to anyone buying into the area that they would be buying into an operational airforce base that deployed men and women in uniform to help others.
“I make no apology for issuing this certificate and advise anyone who is thinking of purchasing a home near Whenuapai, that you are moving into an area where a military airbase has operated since World War II.
“There will continue to be noise generated by military aircraft and you need to accept that.”
This makes sense. In the past, woke people have knowingly bought property close to certain event areas (Western Springs in Auckland, pig farm in Waikato ) cheaper than they would normally get because of the noise, smell and visual pollution. Then they agitate and complain etc and the event is closed down. Hey presto, the property values increase. Every new buyer is very happy. Never mind about the poor event or other business owners.