Kapiti residents are complaining more often about noisy planes, according to statistics tabled at a recent Airport Community Noise Liaison Group meeting.

In the year to 31 January 2021, there were 61 noise complaints. The total annual aircraft movements for that year was 16,000 – meaning there were 3.8 complaints for every 1000 aircraft movements.  That compares to the previous statistics available for the period 1 July 2018 to 31 March 2019 where just eight complaints were made at a rate of 0.42 complaints per 1000 movements.

“Although the number of aircraft movements has been decreasing, we’re seeing a marked increase in complaints from nearby residents,” said Kapiti Coast Airport chief executive Chris Simpson.

“The complaints are broadly made up of people who’ve taken exception to noise from pilots flying in the evening or early in the morning, from emergency aircraft operations, as well as those who’re just unhappy with the noise despite it being from planes operating as usual during normal daylight hours,” Simpson said.

The group, which is convened by Kapiti Coast District Council’s regulatory services manager, meets to consider and make recommendations to the airport manager about aircraft noise issues and any concerns that arise from activities at Kapiti Coast Airport.

Members of the group include independent chair Murray Bell, iwi representative Jack Rikihana, community representatives Don Day and David Blair, Paraparaumu-Raumati Community Board member Jonny Best, a Kapiti Districts Aero Club representative, Kapiti Coast Airport manager Simon Lockie, KCDC general manager regulatory services James Jefferson and his secretary Amanda Cottrell, and KCDC regulatory services officer Joseph Sule. 

In light of the increase in complaints, KCDC’s James Jefferson recommended that Kapiti Coast Airport provide information to the public about the spike in complaints.

The minutes of the meeting, once approved at the next meeting, can be found here: https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/services/a-z-council-services-and-facilities/airport-noise-complaints/minutes/

Noise complaints can be made by phoning (04) 918 3434 or by e-mailing manager@kapiticoastairport.co.nz