STUFF James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change and Green Party leader, announces carbon budgets. The runway extension is on pause, the bid to expand to the east is headed for the Environment Court, and on Thursday, the Wellington City Council spent two hours debating whether to publicly support it. On Monday, a group of climate and community activists are heading into five days of mediation with Wellington International Airport to seek middle ground on the issue of the airport's growth. In last week's meeting the council voted against officially opposing the expansion . The airport's new chief executive, Matt Clarke, who started in the role only two weeks ago after 12 years as chief commercial officer, called it "a good result from an unnecessary process". The vote wouldn't have changed anything tangible – the airport doesn't need the council's permission to grow, despite the council owning a 34% share. It doesn't even need public support. The airport is primarily a business, and it wants to grow. READ MORE: Protesters call on Wellington City Council to publicly oppose airport expansion Airports of the future: With electric planes and vertiports in the suburbs, what might our airports look like in 50 years?… Read full this story
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