Authorities seek more public feedback on plans to upgrade Airport

The Niue Ministry of Infrastructure, in conjunction with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, propose to resurface the runway at Hanan International Airport. 

The existing runway surface is showing signs of deterioration and requires replacement to ensure safe continuation of services at the airport.  

The proposed work includes resurfacing the existing runway, taxiway and apron as well as minor earthworks at the safety ends and replacement of the perimeter fence. 

The design was completed in early January this year with the anticipation of construction to commence in mid to late -2020. Construction will take approximately 12 months to complete.

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is being prepared in accordance with Environment (Development Consent and Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulation 2017. The purpose of the EIA is to assess the potential environmental and social impacts associated with the project.  

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GHD Limited, on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure are continually seeking feedback from members of the public and government stakeholders regarding any environmental or social concerns they may have with the project.  

An initial consultation was held in Niue last November. This consultation involved one-one discussions with a number of residents from Huihui, Fualahi, Fonuakula, and Tamakautoga.

The key issues that were raised relate to additional heavy vehicles on local roads, construction noise, odors, dust, and the presence of foreign construction workforce.   

The project team was in Niue this week and hosted an open public consultation on Monday 2nd of March held at the Niue Golf and Sports Club.

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