with the aeroplane, the group were granted by the NZ railways
"all lines" passes for the period 29th August to 28th September
1927. During this time a site in the Bulls Sanson area offered
greater potential than any other for a base.
As with the South African bases, the area had to be free
from mountains, with good communications and supplies.
A site was located at Ohakea, an area of approx. 1200 acres
to the west of the Main Highway and south of the Rangitikei
River near Bulls was selected as a suitable site for initially
one mooring mast, for the demonstration flight, and with
potential for expansion to a full Airship base with three
mooring towers, Airship Sheds and hydrogen production.
The Australian government were accused of procrastination
over the establishment of the eastern mooring tower base,
which caused the New Zealand Government to also delay on
reluctance they had to advise their British counterparts
that they were unable to commit to the additional expenditure
until such time as the Australian authorities confirmed
their willingness to construct a mooring tower in either
Melbourne or Sydney.
Without a refuelling base in the eastern area of that country,
a non-stop flight from Perth to Ohakea could only be made
under the most perfect weather conditions and would be at
best, a marginal operation.
It was seen, as with all other projects of this magnitude,
whether the local governments could be able to raise the
hundreds of thousands of pounds in the depression of the
1930's was one of the conditions which impeded and curtailed
all airship activities from the British and it's dominions
at that time. It can been seen as this mission was in fact
proved valuable later on as the information gathered for
the locations were used in expanding the sites in to airbases
used later in the century in both South Africa and New Zealand.