Native Affairs - A Turbulent Past

By Semi Holland

It's an aerodrome with a turbulent past.  During World War II, several Māori whānau lost the rights to their whenua for the construction of the Kaikohe Aerodrome.

It was taken under the Public Works Act for Defence but descendants of the original owners say it was never used for that purpose. 

The issue is now the subject of a claim before the Waitangi Tribunal.

Semiramis Holland spoke to two of the whānau who are battling for the return of their whenua.