We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Saying no to corporate welfare

3 3 10
20.11.2017

DAVE ARMSTRONG

Last updated 05:00, November 20 2017

There's no money to build the runway extension at Wellington.

OPINION: Last Sunday in Beijing, Wellington Airport signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a Chinese construction company and the China Express airline.

Hallelujah! Wellington has the world's biggest construction company to help extend its runway so millions of tourists can flood into Wellington.

The parties will apparently work together on the extension, develop the airport area and market Wellington as a destination. Yet as Scoop website reminded us last week, our council signed a similar MOU with a different Chinese construction company in 2015.

And remember the MOU that Celia Wade-Brown signed in China to build that lovely Chinese Garden that currently sits in Frank Kitts Park? Oops – what a civic embarrassment that has been. I'm sure there must be an old Chinese proverb about Wellington mayors who rashly sign MOUs ending up with gravel rash at election time.

READ MORE
* Wellington Airport lines up Chinese construction giant for runway extension

* Airports group joins Supreme Court hearing to warn of risks from pilots' safety........

© Stuff