The helicopter, which approached from the direction of Ecozip, landed close to the children playing soccer and a people out walking their dog.
Walden was the only passenger to board the aircraft and was quickly whisked off to goodness knows where. But more importantly we need to know why.
- Why was a private helicopter landing on Council reserve?
- What rights does a private helicopter service have to conduct its business from public land?
- Why was the Chair of the Local Board using public land to access a private helicopter service?
- What responsibility did the helicopter pilot have under Civil Aviation regulations to fly nearby children and other park users?
- Is this the beginning of the private aviation use of public land?
- Was the trip for private purposes or on ‘Board business’?
- Was the Board Chair’s trip self funded or did it come out of ratepayers’ money?
- Was the Board Chair taking an aerial tiki tour to view potential sites for the Board’s bid to move the site already allocated for the Auckland Regional Rescue Helicopter’s permanent landing pad?
- Is this a bid to violate the ‘emergency services only’ restriction put on the Rescue Helicopter’s ‘licence to occupy’ a permanent landing pad on the Park?
- Was the Board Chair simply out for a joy ride at the ratepayers’ expense?