This bill seeks to address the problems raised by the Petition 1999/231 of Ross Sutherland and 584 others surrounding the sale of Paraparaumu Airport. The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee's report on that petition, presented in May 2004, recommended several amendments to the Airport Authorities Act 1966. These amendments will ensure that airports of strategic importance remain in operation, even if the commercial imperatives would see the airport closed and sold. This bill implements the recommendations of the committee by amending the Airport Authorities Act 1966.
This bill will amend the Airport Authorities Act 1966 to provide mechanisms for the Crown to purchase airport land, which was initially Crown land, being sold. These amendments will also provide a mechanism for the Government to place restrictions on land use, ensuring that while land remains with the same owner there is still a mechanism in place to ensure the continued use of the land as an aerodrome. The amendments will also specify that the Ministry of Transport is the public agency responsible for enforcing the provisions of the Act.