It includes some well researched evidence that the developers appeared to have no intention of retaining aviation usage of the grounds, using it as a means only to quell the uprising and wait for the heat to die off.
Almost immediately following the Crown's signing of the land transfer documents on June 12, 1998, Ngai Tahu announced that "the 200ha of the base between the hangers and Wigram Road is likely to be subdivided to create a new suburb catering for up to 2000 households with schools, churches and shopping facilities". No mention of, nor room for, an airfield, and no mention of open green space. This is now Ngai Tahu's declared goal. Is this reversal of position then, the hidden agenda so vehemently denied by Ngai Tahu chief executive Sid Ashton?
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Comment by kiwitrc, on 14-Aug-2008 10:57
Sounds a lot like Paraparaumu airfield. Once the development gets approval all the rules will change. Anyone who beleives a word property developers say is in dreamland. Ngai Tahu are no different to anone else, they will use their "culture" to get land, and then revert to good old greed to make as much money as possible from it.