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A poll shows three-quarters of Wellingtonians are against airport sales – Unions Wellington

A new poll commissioned by Unions Wellington shows an overwhelming majority of Wellingtonians are against the Council’s plan to sell the public’s 34% stake in Wellington Airport.

The poll found 74% of Wellingtonians are against airport sales, while only 26% are in favor.

The poll also found there was strong opposition to the airport sale from every Wellington City Council ward, as well as from respondents who voiced support for Labour, the Greens, New Zealand First, Te Pāti Māori and National.

“This is a clear message to Council that the public does not support the asset sale,” Unions Wellington spokesperson Sabina Rizos-Shaw said. “We urge councilors to listen to the public and put an end to this unpopular and misleading proposal.”

“Public ownership is important because it gives our city a say in the future of the airport, something that is more important than ever as we face the challenge of climate change.

“The airport is also a good long-term investment for Wellington. This year it will pay a $20.4 million dividend, which could help protect vital services, invest in infrastructure and keep pressure on rates at a time when households are struggling with the cost of living.

“There has never been public support for the airport sale. Wellington did not vote to sell assets in 2022 and the numbers in this poll couldn’t be clearer. To proceed with a sale would be undemocratic and further erode public confidence in the Council.

“Last week, Auckland Mayor Wayne Brown dropped his plan to privatize the Port of Auckland due to public opposition. We are calling on Mayor Tory Whanau to do the same and put an end to airport vending.”

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The poll was conducted by professional polling firm Community Engagement Limited and surveyed 1376 people within Wellington City Council boundaries via landline and mobile phone between May 11 and 14, 2024. The margin of error is 4.1%.