In 2020, Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced funding for Hood Aerodrome as part of the Government’s package to kick-start economies post COVID-19. The funding provides $10 million for infrastructure upgrades at the Aerodrome.
The upgrade project has a total budget of $17 million and includes work to widen and extend the runway, including road realignments, lighting, electrical, water and wastewater upgrades, and additional security.
As well as completing critical infrastructure upgrades, it is expected that this work will:
- Increase the resilience of the Wairarapa community, especially in case of natural disasters in the region.
- Expand agricultural aircraft operations.
- Provide space for commercial and non-commercial hangar development.
- Provide space for an adventure aviation facility.
- Allow new aviation-related businesses to operate from the Aerodrome.
- Enable future commercial passenger and freight services.
The runway has had its condition assessed with minor remedial work to be completed. Sewer infrastructure upgrades have been done and more work is being done to increase security at the site.
Following these immediate jobs, the project now moves into the ‘master-planning’ phase where a full strategic direction and programme of work will be developed.