A spokesman for Maori claimants to Kāpiti Airport land says “We hope the Kāpiti Community has some conscience and pride in itself to this time support the right thing that is clearly for the interests of all.”
George Jenkins, spokesperson for Puketapu Hapū ki Paraparaumu, says it’s now ‘Time for justice (Doing the Right Thing).’
He says: “This land was taken as a war requirement to act as an emergency landing ground for Rongotai airport.
“We protested against the (Nstional) Government privatising the airport in 1995 because we saw the obvious that the land would end up being subdivided and sold off.”
Mr Jenkins also points out there is a claim under the Treaty of Waitangi.
“We are expecting a Waitangi Tribunal report soon and settlement thereafter and may file an application for an urgent hearing to stop any sale,” he says.
Preserving a Community Asset
Mr Jenkins says Kāpiti Airport has a future as a recreational aerodrome with limited commercial applications.
He says: “Puketapu is positioning to enter into talks with parties that have a vested interest in preserving Kāpiti Airport.
“We value the support of the Kapiti Coast Community.”
The lie that is now revealed in full
“The KCDC and the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce, along with the majority of the community, fell hook, line and sinker to the lie that (this) was Sir Noel Robinson’s new airport terminal and there was a plan for the airport to become a key transport hub,” he says.
“The re-zoning that occurred as a result of falling for his promise of future economic prosperity placed this land in the hands of professional developers and opportunist investors that have no loyalty to our community,” Mr Jenkins says.
He points out that now that Covid has hit the fan devlopers feel it’s time ‘to pull the plug and reap the rewards of subdivisions.’
But, he says; ” The Puketapu Hapū hope the Kāpiti Community has some conscience and pride in itself to this time support the right thing that is clearly for the interests of all.”