Denis urges all that can to email, or write to Gerry Brownlee regarding this, and includes the following talking points.
- In April 1997 the Minister of Lands and Ngai Tahu agreed publically that Wigram would be kept for aviation purposes.
- When Ngai Tahu gained the title to the property in June 1998 (1 year later) Ngai Tahu revised thier intentions to be that Wigram would be used for aviation for a limited time.
- In 2007 the Christchurch City Council stated that "aviation related businesses and activities have ceased, over time" at Wigram, and that if on even conducts a cursory examination of Wigram one will find that this statement is untrue, to the extent that it is nonsense.
- The present aviation businesses at Wigram will be with no choice but to move, probably far from Christchurch.
- The military specification sealed airstrip at Wigram which had potential for future domestic passenger transport use overflowing from Christchurch Airport, and emergency alternative for light aircraft, will be lost.
- The affect on the Air Force Museum will be serious in his opinion.
- A small survey of 81 people recently found that 78 of those asked wanted Wigram to remain for aviation not housing, and many were most passionate in this view.
- Interest in Wigram extends well beyond Christchurch, and in view of the thousands of Air Force personnel who served on or visited Wigram in it's historic past, this is not at all surprisng.
- A public assurance, that if National gained power, that Wigram would be kept for aviation purposes would be a vote winner.
As for what National (or any government) could do, realistically not that much, but there has been a murmor in the past that Ngai Tahu would not be completely against the idea of selling what remains of Wigram back to the Crown. And of course, being a strategic asset, it would not be a stretch to see it fall under some form of compulsory aquisition.
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So long old friend.
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Comment by Ted Packer, on 8-Nov-2008 16:07
Mr Sleeman ( James ) We spoke recently and you suggested that we contact Gerry Brownlee-- sorry to say no reply, the same with Jim Anderton.
However when I contacted New Zealand First they put me onto Steve Campbell who responded within minutes and I have great faith in him even though we only spoke for a few minutes.
It's great that we have people out there who can see the future and see the need to keep our airfield open for aviation--I cannot even try to guess how a new airfield could be attempted with all the hurdles that one would have to go through.
My two latest attempts with letters to the editor have not appeared so it seems The Press has a bias against our efforts with Wigram, as no other letters are ever printed either-- are they afraid of upsetting Ngai Tahu.
Strange that the Council can be in partership with them on their new office complex ( not urgent ) but not with a more important project that could be lost forever.
Thanks for your efforts.