We have two more public Information Events to come about our Airport Location Study - one in person at Forum North today, and one online next week.
✈️ Thursday 12 May (today!) at Forum North, 4:30pm - 6:30pm
📺 Wednesday 18 May 2022: Online meeting, 6:30pm (virtual meeting)
Come along or tune in to find out more about our four options and how to have your say about each one. Do we need to build a new airport? If so, where should it be?
The virtual meeting will be live-streamed on Facebook, or you can register to join the meeting in Microsoft Teams by clicking "Online information event" in the timeline on our Consultation webpage.
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CORRECTION: This post has been amended to clarify that the price of fibre and copper broadband internet services will increase, and that the increase is between $3 and $5 a month, not only $5 a month on fibre broadband plans as previously posted. (Amended at 10.31am, June 23, 2022)
Yesterday RNZ published an article Air pollution from cars killing thousands of NZers yearly, followed by another article Air pollution: Invercargill revealed as deadliest centre - study this morning.
Both articles link to an interactive map showing the health impacts from human-made (anthropogenic) air pollution. Our district sits at the lower end of the worst category, with 57 premature deaths of people aged 30+ in 2016. Our death rate per 100,000 people aged 30+ is 103.6 and located in the middle tier, a bit below the nationwide average of 118.8. It has however crept up from 92.6 in 2006, and we all know how it has been going since 2016, with even more fuel-inefficient overmotorised and underutilised cars on our roads. Motor vehicles account for three quarters of deaths caused by air pollution, with domestic fires accounting for the rest. Two thirds of the 2016 population in our district (about 58,500 people) are exposed to poor air quality with pollution levels above WHO guidelines.
Whangārei - Love It Here. Particularly that lovely smell of diesel exhaust wafting around in the city centre.
Do we now shrug this off with the typical Kiwi "it is what it is" stoicism and make sure that our kids and grandkids can enjoy that (or an even higher) level of air pollution as well, or are we willing and prepared to address this somehow?