It looks as if the ownership details on the New Zealand aircraft register have gone for good... I found this on the CAA website this morning
Information about aircraft ownership history is no longer available for searching on the CAA web site.
This action follows a recent Privacy Act complaint made by a member of the aviation community. The CAA has accepted a recommendation of the Privacy Commissioner to change the way in which access to that information is now obtained.
Access to information about previous aircraft ownership must now be made by request. You may request access to this information by emailing email@example.com, or writing to the address below.
Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand
PO Box 3555
It will assist the CAA to process your request in a timely manner if you detail the aircraft you are enquiring about and explain what information you require.
Below is some of what I posted on this blog the 8th of December...
Of late I have been working on posts regarding the history of two early airlines that operated to Gisborne, Dominion Airlines and Gisborne Air Transport. As part of that I have been looking again at the Leo White’s book Wingspread. This early New Zealand aviation history is really the story of not only planes but also people. It strikes me this has always been the way in the New Zealand aviation community.
The outcome today is sadly not just about information, it is about community.