Private individuals applying for helipads throughout Auckland has been a controversial issue of late, after moves by Briscoe boss Rod Duke. Just where are all the latest applications - and who's behind them? Anne Gibson reports.

Wealthy Aucklanders have been granted consent for nearly two dozen private helicopter pads in the past six years, with 20 granted on Waiheke Island alone.

New data from Auckland Council reveals how the rich are increasingly choppering to their island hideaways; spurning public transport in favour of a much faster, more private transport mode.

Those fortunate folk have been able to add the ultimate


Most recent helipad resource consent activity:

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