The recent constructed arguments against the return of Panepane Point to its previous owners (SunLive, January 26) need some examination.
N Mayo, finds it "hard to believe" that the WBOPDC is negotiating the return of 200ha of land. How so? The land in question was taken for a specific reason i.e. port development.
It was never used for the reasons given. It cannot be considered a public asset, even though ‘ownership’ currently rests with WBOPDC – shades of the Raglan golf course.
C Humphreys attempts to justify continued seizure by comparing this case to “land taken all over the country" for development infrastructure. The most obvious difference being no development. Surely that is obvious to all. R Paterson claims "Maori just want to own it" and that it only came into their vision in 2011. Complete and utter nonsense. They have lived there for almost 900 years. It is their land, return it.
R Bell, Omanawa.