Some trial queries wait on an­swers

Central Leader - - NEWS - By JOE DAW­SON

The con­tro­ver­sial flight path trial over Auck­land ended in Oc­to­ber but how many flights might use the route in fu­ture is still not clear.

The year-long SMART trial be­gan in Novem­ber 2012 and was run by Auck­land Air­port, Air­ways New Zealand and Air New Zealand with the aim of re­duc­ing fuel use and carbon emis­sions.

It sparked com­plaints from some cen­tral Auck­land peo­ple who say the new paths have brought more planes and more noise to their quiet neigh­bour­hoods.

Peo­ple in One Tree Hill, Ep­som, Mt Roskill, One­hunga and Royal Oak have told the Cen­tral Leader they no­ticed an in­crease in air­craft noise dur­ing the trial.

A full draft re­port will be pub­licly re­leased in March but in the mean­time Air­ways, the air­port and the Board of Air­line Rep­re­sen­ta­tives of New Zealand (BARNZ) have re­leased an­swers to ques­tions from the com­mu­nity about the trial.

One ques­tion asked how many flights a day and week would be moved to the new route if it be­comes fully op­er­a­tional.

That ques­tion re­mains unan­swered be­cause in­for­ma­tion is still be­ing an­a­lysed.

Peo­ple also wanted to know how the trial would be eval­u­ated and as­sessed, what noise mon­i­tor­ing was used dur­ing the trial and how the out­come of the trial would be com­mu­ni­cated to the wider com- mu­nity. The ques­tions arose from two pub­lic meet­ings held in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber.

In all, 42 ques­tions an­swered.

Maun­gakiekie MP Sam Lotu-Iiga says he is pleased to see bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion by the trial’s op­er­a­tors.

He says he has been push­ing hard for in­for­ma­tion to be made avail­able.

‘‘In an at­tempt to have th­ese ques­tions an­swered I fa­cil­i­tated a

were fur­ther meet­ing with key com­mu­nity rep­re­sen­ta­tives and Auck­land Air­port, Air­ways and BARNZ on Oc­to­ber 21.

‘‘I also at­tended the Air­craft Noise Com­mu­nity Con­sul­ta­tion Group meet­ing as an ob­server on Novem­ber 19.’’

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