Plane truth

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

Mayor Len Brown’s dis­in­ter­est has been pro­found in the plight of those ad­versely af­fected by the noise pol­lu­tion cre­ated by changes to in­ter­na­tional flight paths over our sub­urbs.

He touts Auck­land as be­ing the ‘most live­able’ city yet the qual­ity of life is greatly di­min­ished for we ratepay­ers af­fected by jet noise.

As a 25 per cent share­holder in the Air­port, Auck­land Coun­cil has a vested in­ter­est in its bot­tom line, so profit wins over the san­ity of res­i­dents.

The ac­tion group Auck­land: the Plane Truth feels that the Stand Down Len Brown March on Fe­bru­ary 22 was an ap­pro­pri­ate venue for fur­ther protest.

The group has al­ready staged a vigil at the in­ter­sec­tion of Mt Al­bert and Do­min­ion Roads, which ap­prox­i­mately marks the ‘LOSGA’ way­point, a GPS nav­i­ga­tion co­or­di­nate rou­tinely used by air traf­fic con­trol for flights into and out of Auck­land Air­port.

Sure, ev­ery flight may not pass ab­so­lutely over­head of this point, but it is near enough that those res­i­dents ad­ja­cent to it ex­pe­ri­ence the full force of close to 50 planes pass­ing on many days.

This continues into the night, when we are re­peat­edly wo­ken.

Mr Brown, we have had enough.

De­spite re­peated pleas, our con­cerns have been brushed off in a flurry of PR speak.

You are clearly more in­ter­ested in profit than the well­be­ing of your ratepay­ers.

All went well and the car was once again mo­bile.

Un­for­tu­nately I only man­aged to get half­way up the ramp and it gave up.

Back my hus­band came and the pro­ce­dure was re­peated.

Luck­ily a very help­ful Pak’N Save man came to di­rect traf­fic as only one lane was open.

Off I went again but this time only to the left turn­ing lane which leads to New North Rd.

I rushed into Pak’N Save’s re­cep­tion, or­dered a new bat­tery by phone and then it was out­side to com­mence a half hour ses­sion of di­rect­ing cars and let­ting people know I hadn’t stopped on pur­pose and that my bat­tery was flat.

Two young mums of­fered to help push the car.

Even the gro­cery man­ager ar­rived and al­lowed me to stay just where I was.

Only a cou­ple of irate people but that was to be ex­pected.

I am writ­ing this to say thank you to ev­ery­one who of­fered to help – there were many and I was very heart­ened.

How could I be an­noyed about a flat bat­tery when so many kind people came to my aid.

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