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Plane Sense is currently fundraising and has a goal of $100k, our community is thankful for any support in reaching this goal - donate today. At the latest Plane Sense Community Meeting, residents voted for Plane Sense To Commence A Judicial Review Against Wellington Airport, Airways & The CAA. The latest acoustic report supports our community's concerns (our findings are posted below - March 2024 post). Plane Sense met with Wellington Airport and Airways (27 March post) to discuss the latest acoustic report and next steps, Wellington Airport's subsequent media release (10 April) was not our understanding of the next steps. A community meeting for residents took place on Sunday 14 April. 

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16 May 2024 

It is reported in the NZ Herald that Wellington Mayor, Tory Whanau, missed half of airport board meetings in the past year. "Whanau missed three consecutive meetings between August and December 2023." During this time, the Mayor was aware that Plane Sense was raising issues concerning improper procedure and the impact of the flight path on everyday Wellingtonians. 

18 April 2024 

Media headlines following Plane Sense's Community Meeting and Media Release. Watch the Community Meeting here.

The Independent Herald 18 April 2024 - Front page and page 2: Overwhelming Vote: When it's in court this case will fly

17 April 2024 

Plane Sense has launched a new page on our website. We have put together some Frequently Asked Questions, with expert legal and regulatory assistance, to help others understand our community's issue, on a more fully informed basis. If you have further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

16 April 2024 

Plane Sense is now on Instagram, in addition to Facebook, YouTube and LinkedIn. We are increasing our reach to spread awareness of our community's issue and to connect with neighbours who may still be suffering alone. 

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15 April 2024 

Media headlines following Plane Sense Media Release.

The Post, Page 2 - 15 April 2024

14 April 2024 

A Plane Sense Community Meeting was held on Sunday 14 April, 3.30-4.30pm. Invitations were issued to residents by email and within our closed Facebook group. If, as a resident, you are not receiving our updates please sign up here.

10 April 2024 

Wellington Airport's proposal on some next steps, as discussed at the 27 March 2024 meeting, was issued today as a press release. Plane Sense is working with advisors to consider the potential and proposed outcomes of this development. Plane Sense has called a residents-only Community Meeting to discuss this - Sunday 14 April, 2024.

The Post reports "Chance of new flight path after noise complaints"

Plane Sense's statement in full: “Plane Sense met with Wellington Airport two weeks ago to discuss the results of a newly issued acoustic report. We have since been waiting to review details of Wellington Airport’s proposal, to present this to our community. The sound report, which was the result of Plane Sense’s advocacy for additional sound monitors in the northern suburbs, showed that residents are experiencing a significant increase in noise as a result of the 1 December flight path change. It’s unfortunate for our community that a proper consultation didn’t happen prior to the flight path change, and that the Airport didn’t collect comparative noise data before the change. The suffering experienced by residents could have been avoided if that consultation had taken place in the first place. Unfortunately, Wellington Airport’s proposal doesn’t include any guarantee that the peace will be restored to our suburbs or when. Our community has been suffering the effects of poor procedure and process for more than a year now. The right thing to do would be to revert back to what was and then start a full consultation from the beginning, as should have been done at the time. We are reviewing what is in the best interests of our community and seeking expert advice. We will be coming together as a community this Sunday, to discuss next steps and potential outcomes.” 

9 April 2024 

Local MP for Ohāriū - Greg O'Connor addresses parliament (at 16:30pm), mentioning Plane Sense and the DMAPs flight path change.

27 March 2024 

Plane Sense spokespeople met in person with representatives of Wellington Airport and Airways, to discuss the sound report findings and next steps. We were joined by multiple members of Public Health, Diane Calvert from WCC and advisors for Plane Sense on legal and regulatory issues. Plane Sense gave general feedback on the acoustic report (detailed in the below post).

The Airport and Airways are due to put a proposal together on some next steps, as discussed at the meeting. The Plane Sense Inc committee has met and we will consider the proposal and bring it to a residents-only Community Meeting to discuss it.

25 March 2024 

Plane Sense wrote to the Chair and Members of the Transport and Infrastructure Select Committee at New Zealand Parliament, regarding the Annual Review of Performance of the Airways Corporation of New Zealand Limited and the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand. Drawing the Committee's attention to a series of governance and regulatory failures within these two organisations. Noting that these failures have important health and safety implications for the residents we represent and others.

March 2024 

Prior to meeting with Wellington Airport and Airways, the Plane Sense team has prepared the following general feedback on the latest Marshall Day report.

In general, the report supports our concerns:

On the downside:


o   The WHO 2018 noise guidelines recommend a limit for aircraft noise of 45 dB Ldn as the research indicates almost 10% of the population are highly annoyed at this level. At 50 dB Ldn its expected 18% of people would be highly annoyed. 

o   The 2018 WHO Noise Guidelines recommends reducing noise from aircraft to 45 dB Ldn.

21-23 February 2024 

Northern suburb resident, Barrister and Plane Sense legal advisor, Kim Murray, attended the IATA World Legal Symposium in Vancouver, Canada. Kim was one of the speakers at the event, on a panel relating to airport noise legal issues. Kim spoke about Wellington Airport's DMAPs procedure as an example of the harm that can be caused to residents if airports and ANSPs don't apply the best practice guidelines published by the International Civil Aviation Organisation. ANSP is Air Navigation Providers, an acronym for organisations such as Airways NZ. 

23 December 2023 

Marshall Day's latest acoustic report.was released. 

12 December 2023 

The Plane Sense team has been busy in the run-up to Christmas, as we anticipate a period over the summer when key contacts may be more difficult to reach. 

Plane Sense is incorporating. Due to a new law that took effect in October 2023, we had to wait a while to make this happen. We have formed a committee of residents with a range of skills and expertise, whom we have a history of working well with, to establish ourselves. Being incorporated means that we have a group of like-minded residents who will make joint decisions going forward and we can speak on behalf of Plane Sense.

Failing any positive outcome through collaboration, legal action is a possibility. We have a local litigation firm willing to act for us and we have had meetings to discuss what this looks like. We have been liaising with experts and European agencies to harness their experience and support, and we have also been connecting with legal contacts to support research.

Wellington Airport has said that it will be issuing the Marshall Day acoustic report before Christmas and they will give us an indication of their decision before the Christmas break. We have requested an in-person meeting in the New Year to discuss this with them. We have seen an interim Marshall Day report that suggests the organisations will average out sound monitor data and justify their current position. We have given feedback on the weaknesses of this report and raised this with Public Health and the CAA.

We have raised the role of the Director of the CAA with him, regarding his statutory duty to “Monitor adherence, within the civil aviation system, to any regulatory requirements relating to … public health”. Also the CAA's role as a regulator in approving the implementation of DMAPS. Through OIA requests and our conversations with the CAA, we believe that DMAPS wasn't officially approved through the correct process, therefore making DMAPS invalid. The CAA has asked for Plane Sense to refrain from legal action whilst they investigate matters and we are monitoring this.

We have been in contact with Public Health for several months. Public Health will be requesting the raw data to independently evaluate the effect of the noise data on the health and well-being of our residents. Public Health has contracted an esteemed acoustician who can translate the effect noise has on human health.

There have been severe failings in the process amongst the involved organisations when implementing DMAPS. We will continue to fight this injustice on behalf of our community, and for communities that may otherwise suffer this same injustice in the future. 

26 November 2023 

The last date the Airport instructed Marshall Day to include in their report was 26 November 2023. They will be issuing a report before Christmas and they will give us an indication of their decision before the Christmas break. We have requested an in-person meeting in the New Year to discuss this with them. We have seen an interim Marshall Day report containing sound monitor data averages, without information on wind direction or how data was weighted. We have given feedback on the weaknesses of this report and raised this with Public Health and the CAA.

15 November 2023 

Representatives of Plane Sense met with three senior representatives of the Director of Civil Aviation. This follows our written correspondence with the Director, Keith Manch, regarding his statutory duty to “Monitor adherence, within the civil aviation system, to any regulatory requirements relating to … public health”. We are investigating whether the new flight tracks were correctly approved, requesting all relevant compliance documents to provide assurance about this and seeking the Director’s assistance to reinstate the previous Runway 34 over-water departure procedure.

As we near the end of the 3-month-mark for the first installed monitor, we have written to Airways and Wellington Airport to ascertain a timeline for their decision making. We have requested that the organisations provide and commit to the following:

1. A final date of data collection and the commencement of analysis.

2. Whether the reports will be released separately for each monitor, or together. Noting that the monitors were not installed at the same time.

3. A definitive date for the release of the sound monitor report/s.

4. A date by which Plane Sense will be informed of the organisations' intentions for the future of the current flight paths.

20 October 2023 

On 18 October, Plane Sense representatives met with Airways and Wellington Airport representatives, with Councillor Diane Calvert and a Public Health representative. The objective was to establish next steps and timing, whilst once again raising the severity of the impact on our community and neighbours, and the urgency to resolve this situation by reinstating the previous flight path procedure. In the meeting we raised the wellbeing of the residents, Public Health, noise data provided to Plane Sense in comparison to internal documents received through OIA requests and analysis. Also, data analysis, including thresholds for change and timing for decision making, and what collaboration looks like going forward between Plane Sense and the organisations involved. We also discussed Plane Sense's options going forward and potential next steps. From the meeting, Airways and Wellington Airport have some action points to consider, including possible interim measures and in the knowledge that we have been seeking legal advice. 

How can you help? We are working with experts and representation in certain areas comes at a cost, we are fundraising and appreciate your support. Please, if you can, continue to donate. Neighbours, share your impact story, your experience is valid and we are aiming to increase awareness of the issue. Tell your neighbours about Plane Sense, the more of our community we can reach, the more people we can help and represent. 

25 September 2023 

The fourth sound monitor has been installed in Ngaio. This follows the installation of sound monitors in Johnsonville (30 August), Broadmeadows and Khandallah (4 September). Discussions to install additional sound monitors in representative areas of the suburbs began on 13 March. By 12 April, Plane Sense had 6 locations ready for one monitor per each affected suburb. A maximum of 4 monitors was negotiated and agreed upon on 24 May. On 12 July, Marshall Day began an inspection of the sites.  For a full timeline (regarding sound monitor installation) please see our 19 July 2023 post.

Residents are understandably frustrated with the delay, especially heading into the summer months when they wish to open up their homes and be outside. Decibel levels, streamed to Webtrak, already reveal that single noise event levels reach upwards of 78dB, compared to ambient noise of around 40dB (when aircraft aren't overhead). The Wellington Airport commissioned Marshall Day report (published post-DMAPS on 14 February 2023), reported a 1-2dB general increase in noise (pre to post DMAPS comparison). The new monitors are recording single aircraft events at similar noise levels to the Air Noise Boundary suburbs, where residents are compensated by the Quieter Homes Package. Decibel levels are like the Richter scale, an increase in decibels results in noise level intensity increasing exponentially. Residents have been living with the health and wellbeing effects of the flight path change for 9 months and are angry that sound monitors have been delayed to this extent, ultimately delaying a satisfactory conclusion and causing ongoing harm to the community. 

19 September 2023 

Plane Sense wrote to the Director of Civil Aviation, at the Civil Aviation Authority. Regarding the Director's statutory duty (section 72I(3)(c)(iii) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990) to “Monitor adherence, within the civil aviation system, to any regulatory requirements relating to … public health”. Seeking assistance to reinstate the previous Runway 34 over-water departure procedure.

Plane Sense also wrote to Airways and Wellington Airport to seek assurance that preemptive work is being done now to ensure that DMAPS can be disestablished, and the previous departure path can be reinstated, by 1 December 2023 at latest.

12 September 2023 

To date, 3 out of the 4 sound monitors have been installed in the northern suburbs (Johnsonville, Broadmeadows and Khandallah). The first monitor (in Johnsonville) was installed on 30 August. The monitor in Ngaio is yet to be installed. Noise data is being streamed to Webtrak, where ambient noise (as low as 39dB)  and aircraft noise (as high as 78dB) is now visible. As with the earthquake Richter scale, decibel levels increase exponentially.

1 September 2023 

Since March 2023, Plane Sense has requested, received and analysed documentation from Airways, in line with the Official Information Act.  You can read our requests here. In analysing this information, Plane Sense has become aware of relevant documentation that was omitted from Airways' responses. This information is key to the understanding of timelines, deadlines and time pressures in the approval of DMAPS. Also, the level of knowledge Wellington Airport and Airways had about the increase in noise for the northern suburbs. And, for an understanding of alternative options that could have presented a different outcome for residents. Plane Sense has offered Wellington Airport and Airways the opportunity to comment on and/or clarify the series of events we have deduced from this documentation, before posting it. Wellington Airport and Airways have not provided any clarification or comment. This timeline is in full below and we have amended this page to include these relevant events within our overall timeline. Without comment from Wellington Airport or Airways, this information is as accurate as the information we hold to date (1 September 2023). 

29 August 2023 

Calling for Plane Sense - Share and help our community.

We need your help. Families are suffering with their physical and mental health as a result of a flight path change in Wellington, NZ. Made with no consultation or consideration for our local environment or community. Unchecked, this could happen to any community. We are fundraising to push back on increased aircraft noise in our suburbs. We are advocating for more birdsong and less jet engines. Donate here. Read the impact stories of the People Beneath the Path. 

24 August 2023 

Two months on from the Community Meeting, the Plane Sense community is still waiting for the installation of sound monitors in the northern suburbs. We have not been given a definitive installation date, however Airways' DMAPS webpage has been updated notifying visitors that Wellington Airport expects to receive the noise monitoring results in November (recently updated from October). Plane Sense has provided feedback on the proposed Marshall Day data report and has requested the raw data for independent analysis, for transparency and to reassure residents. We have received an initial response indicating that these requests may be declined. 

Plane Sense has met with a litigation lawyer. We have informed Wellington Airport and Airways that we are looking into the various health impacts of the new flight path on residents and that "with regard to noise, toxicity and effect on property values we have started the process of considering possible class action compensation for residents for the period from 1 December 2022 until the SID is reinstated to its previous track" (SID = Standard Instrument Departure Route). We are currently fundraising to assist with the cost of legal representation. Donate today.

Plane Sense has engaged the health protection officers at Te Whatu Ora National Public Health Service to discuss our concerns. The public health team have subsequently contracted an independent consultant to review the information we have collected and what modelling and monitoring data might be available through the airport company. They will then provide the Public Health Service with advice on the health impact for residents due to the new flight path. We look forward to keeping you informed once we hear more from Public Health. 

The People Beneath The Path webpage remains our most visited page on our website. This page documents personal accounts of suffering as a result of the flight path change. The stories reveal the very real impact on residents' lives, as they wait for the sound monitor to be installed and the collection and review of 3 months' data. Neighbours are being invited to submit their story. 

Through the analysis of OIA responses, Plane Sense has acquired additional information of note and has been able to build a timeline of events leading up to the approval of DMAPS. This timeline has been submitted to Wellington Airport and Airways for comment before we update our timeline. A further update on this will be communicated via this page on 1 September. Watch this space. 

Plane Sense has also submitted relevant information to BARNZ, NZ Airports Association, the Mayor of Wellington, all WCC Councillors and our local MP.


Furthermore, Plane Sense has been communicating with international organisations that support communities pushing back on aircraft noise. We are exploring these connections further to understand how they might help us going forward. 

Wellington Airport:

Sound monitor update: "Contractors are targeting 30 August for installation of the noise monitors". 

Data update: "We don’t see any need for raw data, and won’t be requesting it. The proposed report is very comprehensive and will provide more than enough information for both our review and your own purposes".

20 July 2023 

A month on from the Community Meeting, held on 17 June 2023, the Independent Herald has reported the latest on the situation: 'Harmful Plane Noise Continues'.

Read human impact stories on our People Beneath the Path page. These stories have been shared to help explain the suffering residents are experiencing every day, as we wait for sound monitor data to be collected and verified by Airways and Wellington Airport.

19 July 2023 

Plane Sense is waiting to hear when additional sound monitors will be installed at the 4 resident addresses. Marshall Day has inspected each of the addresses. Plane Sense has been informed that 3 months of data will be used to gain an objective understanding of the level of noise being experienced by the residents, before considering any next steps. Plane Sense has requested access to downloadable raw data from each monitor to review independently, and is waiting for confirmation of this. Read how the increased noise is effecting residents every day.

Further information on the timeframe of the sound monitors: 

13 March 2023 - Additional sound monitors were requested at the preliminary meeting between Plane Sense and Wellington Airport/Airways. Plane Sense advocated for 1 sound monitor per suburb (6 in total), as was the case for the 2018 PBN flight path trial (the PBN trial included the collection of benchmark data prior to the trial commencing). 

12 April 2023 -  Plane Sense had locations ready for 6 monitors by this date. 

16 April 2023 - Plane Sense first requested access to the data from the monitors to review independently. 

3 May 2023 - Wellington Airport proposed 2 additional monitors and Plane Sense negotiated for more than this. 

24 May 2023 - Wellington Airport proposed 4 monitors in total (3 additional - as the original monitor will be moved). 

8 June 2023 - Following a request for specific addresses,  Plane Sense sent these (after confirming with residents they were happy with us passing on contact details, as per our Privacy Policy). 

17 June 2023 - At the Community Meeting, an Airways representative agreed that each suburb could be represented, offering additional monitors, including leaving the original monitor in place so as not to compromise data collection from its location. 

23 June 2023 - The offer of the additional monitors (at the Community Meeting) was retratced. 

12 July 2023 - Marshall Day began an inspection of the sites. 

17 July 2023 - Plane Sense repeated our request to have access to downloadable raw data to review independently and is waiting for confirmation of this, and confirmation of the installation date of the monitors.

10 July 2023 

Following the community meeting, Plane Sense has engaged in conversations with Airways, Wellington Airport and the Wellington City Council to establish next steps. We have reinforced the human impact and suffering being caused by the flight path change and reiterated our request - to reinstate the over-water Runway 34 procedure.

Since the community meeting on 17 June, we have launched our 'People Beneath the Path' page with close to 30 human impact stories (to date). We have sought support from health professionals, communicated with the Mayor and Wellington City Councillors, and our issue has been raised with the Wellington Airport Board.

Airways, Wellington Airport and the Wellington City Council are keen to review new data from the installation of 4 sound monitors in the suburbs. Plane Sense was unable to get agreement for 6 – which would have placed 1 monitor per suburb. Plane Sense has selected the site for each monitor and had these locations checked with our own professionals. Wellington Airport has also confirmed the suitability of these locations with Marshall Day. These sound monitors are in the country, we expect the residents at these addresses to be contacted and for installation to happen soon. We understand from Wellington Airport that Plane Sense will have access to noise data, and it will be made available live via Webtrak. We are sending Wellington Airport our input into the analysis - the criteria we would like to see included in the report, and we will be requesting confirmation that they can accommodate this.

22 June 2023 

The Independent Herald has reported on the Community Meeting, held at the weekend. The article is published online and on page 3 of today's newspaper, reiterating the message that the 'Flight path needs to be moved'.

21 June 2023 

The Post published an article online and on page 11 of today's newspaper, covering the Community Meeting. Plane Sense has requested a correction be made, to reflect that additional noise monitors have not yet been installed in the suburbs. Plane Sense has been negotiating the number of monitors since the initial meeting in March, to ensure that each suburb is represented. Airport Admits Noise Impact Underestimated After Community Backlash

20 June 2023 

Following the Community Meeting, where representatives from the area and organisations involved in the flight path change heard residents' concerns, Plane Sense has launched a new webpage on the website. 

People Beneath the Path is a page that adds to our community voice, where neighbours can explain how the change has impacted their enjoyment of their home and their health. The Community Meeting could leave no doubt that the human impact on residents is significant. This page aims to give more residents in the community a chance to be heard.

20 June 2023 

Despite feeling united by the Community Meeting just 2 days before, residents are plunged back into the day to day impact of the flight path change. Just hours after voicing how the early morning flights are impacting the community, residents experience consecutive flights within a couple of minutes of each other in the dark and early hours of Monday and Tuesday morning. Leaving neighbours feeling increasingly desperate and fearful of the future, when pre-covid international flights reach 100%.

Monday: 6.11am Air New Zealand flight to Auckland, 6.12am Air New Zealand flight to Melbourne and 6.14am Qantas flight to Sydney. 

Tuesday: 6.07am Qantas flight to Sydney, 6.10am Air New Zealand flight to Auckland and 6.11am Air New Zealand flight to Melbourne. 

Read how these flights are impacting our neighbours across our community.

18 June 2023 

Over the last 3 months, Plane Sense has been negotiating with Wellington Airport the installation of additional noise monitors in the affected suburbs. Discussions settled on 3 additional sound monitors (4 in total, as it was proposed the original monitor on Homebush Road would be moved). Wellington Airport has received the addresses of residents volunteering to temporarily home these, in the suburbs of Johnsonville, Broadmeadows, Khandallah and Ngaio and we are waiting for them to get in touch.

 Following the community meeting on 17 June 2023, Airways has offered to increase the number of monitors negotiated, to include all suburbs - Crofton Downs and Ōhāriu Valley, leaving the original monitor in place to continue to collect data from the original source. The monitors will be in place for 3 months, data will be available live via Webtrak and the Plane Sense team has requested input into the criteria that is reported (eg. reporting averages for flight hours vs 24 hours). We will have access to the data to analyse it independently.  

17 June 2023 

A Community Meeting took place at the Collective Community Hub in Johnsonville, on 17 June 2023 at 2.30-4pm.

Thanks to everyone who attended our community meeting! The event was well attended, with over 120 residents, local and political representatives of the area and the media. With many more watching online within our closed Facebook group. The meeting can now be viewed publicly on our YouTube channel, presentation slides are available, as are photos of the event. 

We would like to thank Wellington Airport and Airways representatives - James, Jamie and Jenna, for attending to hear residents' concerns. We would also like to thank Amba Branding for donating our Plane Sense team t-shirts and Collective, for providing the Community Hub, an amazing venue available to the public for free.

Key points from Plane Sense can be found on the 'What We Know So Far' pages of our presentation (pages 11-13). 

Plane Sense is calling for Airways and Wellington Airport to reinstate the over-water departure procedure for Runway 34, as a matter of urgency.

13 June 2023 

Airways sent a letter by email to Plane Sense advising that the 20 working day OIA (15 May 2023) deadline will not be met. Airways notified members of an extension, with a response to OIA requests by 11 July 2023  - within 41 working days. 

12 June 2023 

Our thanks to our neighbours, owners of Amba Branding, for reaching out and donating some branded t-shirts to the Plane Sense team, for our community meeting on Saturday 17 June. We appreciate all the connections we are making in the suburbs. We really do have an amazing community and it's worth every minute of our time to represent and preserve it.

Check out Amba Branding on Facebook, Instagram and their website

10 June 2023 

One week remaining until our community meeting, at the Collective Community Hub in Johnsonville, 2-30pm-4pm. RSVP here

We have invited local and political representatives of the area to attend, to hear our concerns. Our invite has been sent to Wellington Mayor - Tory Whanau, Councillor Diane Calvert, Councillor Rebecca Matthews, Councillor Ray Chung , Councillor Tony Randle, Councillor Ben McNulty, MP Greg O'Connor, MP Nicola Willis, Onslow Community Association and the Johnsonville Residents Association. Representatives of Wellington Airport and Airways will be attending.

8 June 2023 

Special Debate on Local Issues - The issue of zero consultation and the affect of the DMAPS flight path change on residents has been raised as a local issue in the Chamber at Parliament.

Plane Sense is pushing for Airways to work with the Airport to reinstate the (previous flight path) Runway 34 over water departure procedure as a matter of urgency, and revisit DMAPS to find an alternative solution.

7 June 2023 

Plane Sense wrote to the Mayor of Wellington - Tory Whanau, to advise her of the situation as not only Mayor but the Council's representative on the Wellington Airport Board.  

3 June 2023 

Our Plane Sense community signs have been installed in 6 locations around our affected suburbs. The signs were provided by a kind community member, to help us reach and represent more residents.

The signs announce our upcoming community meeting at the Collective Community Hub, Johnsonville on Saturday 17 June, 2.30-4pm. We would like to invite residents affected by increased aircraft noise, as a result of the flight path change, to join us. We have invited local and political representatives to hear our concerns and Wellington Airport and Airways. RSVP here.

23 May 2023 

Plane Sense wrote to BARNZ , the voice of Airlines in New Zealand. To advise them of our community's issue with the implementation DMAPS in Wellington. Cc-ing the Executive Director of the New Zealand Airports Association.

22 May 2023 

Plane Sense wrote requesting Official Information Act information from the Civil Aviation Authority. Read the full list of OIAs that Plane Sense has asked here.

19 May 2023 

Wellington Airport announces additional international departures to Brisbane, Australia. 

Currently the noisiest flights by decibel level are the Qantas international flights to Australia (via Boeing 737 jet aircraft). 

16 May 2023

Plane Sense volunteers are busy processing the recent responses to our Official Information Act requests. We are also negotiating with Wellington Airport about the number of sound monitors they will agree to install to capture noise data. We are negotiating how long data will be collected, we are requesting a copy of this data so that it can be reviewed independently and have asked about the possibility of this data being updated to Webtrak for live information. We have provided Wellington Airport with the proposed street names and we hope to move to the action phase of this asap - we have asked Wellington Airport to give us a timeframe and are pushing for one monitor per affected suburb.

Plane Sense has launched a Give-a-Little page. This funding will go towards increasing our activities (such as printing) and funding expert and legal advice. Any donation no matter how small would be appreciated and any funds remaining at the end of our campaign will be donated.

We continue to make connections in the community, to help us increase our knowledge and expertise in areas that will benefit our cause. We have some amazing connections already! 

We continue to make connections with local environmental agencies, to establish the impact the change has had on native birdlife locally, and advocate for our green corridor.

We will schedule a community meeting in the coming weeks to discuss this issue with residents, resident associations, local politicians and councillors. A form to register interest in attending will be available soon.

Are you a local printing business? We are looking for support to print more fliers, to reach our neighbours offline, including our elderly neighbours who may still be wondering about the change in isolation. If you can help us we would be happy to promote your contribution to our community. Please email us at

15 May 2023 

Additional Official Information Act requests were lodged with Airways. You can read Plane Sense OIA requests here.

5 May 2023 

Plane Sense received Official Information Act responses to questions posed about the flight path change, the process and decision made. 

4 April 2023 

Airways sent a letter by email to Plane Sense members advising that the 20 working day OIA deadline (5 April 2023) will not be met. Airways notified members of an extension, with a response to OIA requests by 5 May 2023  - within 42 working days. 

In order to meet our deadline to our members as promised, Plane Sense has published details of the OIA requests sent by members of the group. You can read Plane Sense OIA requests here (page published 5 April 2023).

Plane Sense has also logged some questions with Wellington Airport around the consultation process and insights from the PBN trial, plus briefing documentation and the scope of the Marshall Day noise report.

Facebook group members has increased to 147 members, with more registered for updates via our website. Whilst Plane Sense's Noise Gallery on YouTube has currently more than 6,000 views. Plane Sense is registered as a Community Organisation on Neighbourly.

28 March 2023 

Summary to the Plane Sense Facebook group (in lieu of Airways returning meeting minutes with tracked changes).

On 13 March 2023 two Plane Sense Wellington representatives and Councillor Diane Calvert met with Wellington Airport and Airways to discuss the recent DMAPS flight path change.

It was acknowledged at the meeting that a full consultation did not happen.

Before and after the change in flight path noise monitoring was taken (click here to view report). Whilst the location of the monitoring station has not been disclosed, we believe it to be in the vicinity of Hutt Road.

Our group is still gathering information from Airways and Wellington Airport and in good faith we will carry on conversations with both agencies. In the interim, they have agreed to undertake further noise monitoring at varying locations.

We have agreed to meet with them again in the near future. Date and time TBC.

A flyer drop, to raise awareness of the flight path change and the action Plane Sense Wellington is leading, will take place over the next two weeks. You will also see flyers posted in your local community on notice boards and in shops.

There is lots of work taking place in the background and we will have more information in the coming weeks with the responses due from OIAs submitted.

Thank you for your continued support!

16 March 2023 

Plane Sense launches a new website, to spread the word to suburb residents beyond social media. Residents can now register for more information via an online form and volunteer their professional skills to further influence change. Facebook group members are to be informed of the new website to share with neighbours.

The Wellington Airport Aircraft Noise - Johnsonville, Khandallah and Broadmeadows Facebook page is to be renamed Plane Sense Wellington, with the former name incorporated into the group description.

 The email address is made public. 

14 March 2023 

Group Facebook page members continue to increase, sitting at 131 community members/households with concerns about the change.

13 March 2023 

Plane Sense representatives, along with Wellington City Councillor Diane Calvert, met with Airways and WIAL for an initial meeting. This meeting was to discuss resident concerns in-person, the implementation of DMAPS and the Airways/WIAL consultation process.  Meeting minutes sent by Plane Sense weren't approved.

9 March 2023 

Plane Sense organisers established contact and a relationship with Auckland campaign group Plane Truth, who fought a flight path change over their suburbs, with results.

8 March 2023 

Plane Sense representatives submitted OIA (Official Information Act) requests to state-owned Airways, for documents and communications relating to the DMAPS flight path change.

7 March 2023 

Group Facebook page members double in 24 hours, sitting at 86 community members/households with concerns about the change.

5 March 2023 

Plane Sense representatives met with Wellington City Councillor Diane Calvert, to discuss resident concerns and an upcoming opportunity to meet with Airways and WIAL. 

14 February 2023 

Marshall Day Noise Modelling Report (Update) was issued - the version of the report provided to residents. 

7 February 2023 

Wellington Airport Aircraft Noise - Johnsonville, Khandallah, Broadmeadows Facebook group was established to connect residents.

2 February 2023 

Stuff NZ published an article highlighting the concerns of the residents as a result of the DMAPS flight path change.

26 January 2023 

A first post mentioning the issue was posted in community Facebook pages (by Plane Sense's Facebook group founder). The post mentioned the change and asked residents about their experience with increased aircraft noise. The post shared the WIAL DMAPS webpage dated 20 December 2022, received via an email response from WIAL. (Previous attempts to contact WIAL via the general online enquiry form on the website were unanswered).

20 December 2022 

A first public announcement of DMAPS was made on the Airport website. From that time complaints from residents began coming in. To date, many residents have suffered exacerbated physical and health conditions and have been negatively affected as a result of the flight path change.

19 December 2022 

Earliest known public complaint to Airways (via OIA information).

1 December 2022 

Airways implemented the DMAPS flight path change, with the approval of WIAL.

12 August 2022 

Airways announced to recipients "A big milestone for a key enhancement for Wellington International Airport". No public consultation had taken place.

9 August 2022 

Wellington Airport responded to Airways, just 24 hours after it received an email from Marshall Day stating 'initial outcomes' of a noise assessment. 10 months after DMAPS was presented to Wellington Airport, 5 months after commissioning an acoustics report, Wellington Airport approved DMAPS with 'initial outcome' information, "with more to come" and an assurance from Marshall Day that "on paper" noise levels are "pretty low" and "the effects would be considered reasonable" despite "affecting more houses"

2 August 2022 

Airways reminded Wellington Airport and set an approval deadline of 10 August. 

11 April 2022 

Airways (following up with the Airport) stated, "A key point will be consideration of community engagement: we know that the airport noise contours won’t be impacted, and there should be minimal impact on residents from the flightpath changes – but of course impact frequently comes down to perception, influenced by publicity / awareness".

5 April 2022 

Airways emailed the Airport about a potential communications plan. This email suggested that awareness increases perception of change and reminded recipients that material captured by Airways is subject to OIA. It also suggests a communications plan in the next 2 weeks (so far this plan has not been seen by Plane Sense and should have been captured by our OIA requests). This email includes a range of engagement options that we believe didn't happen, it also states that the responsibility to engage is the Airport's. This was 5 months before the 1 September publishing cut-off for a 1 December implementation of DMAPS.

24 March 2022 

Wellington Airport commissioned Marshall Day to complete a noise assessment, "I mentioned to you earlier in the week about an Airways Project, known as DMaps, which will slightly adjust the departure tracks...Ultimately it will push the runway capacity in bad weather conditions up from 13 arrivals an hour towards 21...We are looking at getting an acoustic assessment as to what this means in terms of the noise profile for residents in and around the adjusted departure track...The outcome of this noise assessment is to work out what level of community consultation we will need to take...Airways would like this implemented in December this year. We therefore need this work reasonably quickly!".

8 March 2022 

Support was sought again. Airways stated, "It would be great if we can achieve proposed WN DMAPS benefits sooner rather than later".

3 November 2021 

Wellington Airport stated to Airways, "WIAL is committed to collaborate with you to set up a proper consultation/communication plan. We have an Air Noise Committee planned in March 2022, and that is probably the best place/time to start the external comms process. That gives us a few months to prepare for it". (DMAPS wasn't mentioned in any of the Air Noise Committee minutes until March 2023. The Committee doesn't include northern suburb representatives.)

19 November 2021 

Seeking the Airport's support, Airways stated, "We appreciate there may be time required to complete the noise community work, and this may cause delay to a possible implementation in December 2022".

A (less disruptive) alternative system was mentioned. A communication from Airways states: "Understanding the potential roadblock of the local community, (blank) has designed an alternate solution which relies on 3 tracks in the Northerly direction, as opposed to the 4 we presented. These revised tracks closely align with current tracks and will significantly reduce the movement of any noise profiles. It does come with a reduction in efficiency, however it still represents an improvement over what exists today. The decision is obviously yours, however I would respectfully suggest pursuing the more beneficial 4 track design initially, with an ability to “fall-back” to the 3 track model if unsuccessful". 

October 2021 

DMAPS was presented by Airways to Wellington Airport.