The night-time work we have been doing on our runway is
Project Takatu, as we named it, has literally taken hundreds of
people and machines thousands of hours to complete, night after
night, week after week, doing a truly vital job for our ability to
keep growing and serving the South Island.
We have replaced and widened the concrete shoulders on the
runways, to future-proof the airport, by making it possible to
safely manage larger next generation civilian and military aircraft
into the future.
The work was the result of about two years' preparation,
negotiating with airlines and Airways, as well as carefully
planning every aspect of the work. The shifts were very dependent
on conditions, including weather, wind, temperature, cloud cover
and other aspects. Each day for all those months, staff monitored
weather reports from meteorologists, conditions were tightly
monitored and sometimes changed, which sometimes impacted the work.
Any night's work which was stood down was added to the other end of
the schedule, to ensure the required work was completed.
However Project Takatu was completed at 4am on Friday May
During the project aircraft using the east-west runway at night
because the north-south was unavailable to them overnight while
work proceeded, generated an increase in noise complaints. We are
aware this was an irritation to some residents, to whom we again
extend our thanks for their understanding.
If you'd like a better understanding of the project, you might
like to watch this short video http://bit.ly/ProjectTakatu
Not only does it give you an idea of the work which has been
done, but its importance. As one worker says "This is a once in a