Pleasant Valley Sanatorium, Palmerston South, Otago,
showing the administrative quarters. It has 42 beds and was
opened in July 1910. - Otago Witness, 13.11.1912.
Mr W. Burnett, always a stalwart champion of the Maori,
when presiding yesterday over a meeting in the interests of a
Maori mission college near Kaiapoi, paid a striking tribute to
the Native race.
He had known the Maoris, he said, in peace and in war, and,
speaking of them as he first knew them, a nobler, more
chivalrous, and kinder-hearted race of people he had never
met in all the world. They were essentially gentlemen and
gentlewomen. Their manners were perfect, and it amused him
sometimes to hear ignorant people talking of the Maoris as
"I never, in my whole experience," said Mr Burnett, "met more
polished ladies and gentlemen than I met 40 or 50 years ago
among the natives of this country."
It was merely a matter of common justice that we should see
now to do something for the Maori race.
Trading Europeans had come here in the early days with their
trained intellects and had taken advantage of the Maoris'
ignorance of the values of land.
They had bought enormous areas round about Dunedin for, he
thought, 1d an acre - land on the Taieri that now ranged in
value from 20 to 40, and even 100, an acre. He thought that
on the lowest ground something was due from us to those
people whom we had - he would not say "swindled" - but at any
rate deprived of their land.
• Our Greymouth correspondent states that the chairman of the
Westland Charitable Aid Board was very emphatic yesterday in
urging upon members the absolute necessity of economising. In
this connection he said that in at least one of the hospitals
under the board's jurisdiction afternoon tea was serviced in
a wholesale manner at the institution to friends of the
staff. Mr Kennedy remarked that he did not wish to take a
cramped view of such matters, as relatives and friends of
patients could expect a little attention of the sort, but it
had been stated that something like 20 visitors had been
entertained in this manner in one day at one of the
• A start has been made by the Mount Cargill Timber Syndicate
to cut out a block of 200 acres of virgin bush at the head of
There is a good quantity of building timber in the block,
some of the pine and totara trees having a girth of up to
The syndicate intends to cut the black pine and heavy
broadleaf trees into lengths and split them for fencing
posts, and other timber will be cut for firewood and carted
to a yard in the city.
- ODT, 8.11.1912.
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