The fast-disappearing villages of the native race: a Maori kainga at Parenui, near Pahiatua. - Otago Witness, 25.12.1912.
It is many years since New Zealand has advertised for such a
highly-salaried officer as the ''general manager of
railway'', whose 3000 a year is now agitating quite a number
of well-posted officials in all the British railway companies
(says our London correspondent).
The sum is a good one for a first-class man, especially with
a five years' engagement and passage for his wife and family.
The High Commissioner is circulating to inquirers a quantity
of information about the New Zealand system, its mileage,
employment (14,000 hands), capital invested (32,000,000), and
ratio of expenditure to receipts.
The circular continues: ''The policy in railway management is
determined by the Government, and is communicated to the
General Manager through the Minister of Railways, who is the
supreme head of the department, but who directs the policy
only. The General Manager exercises administrative control in
respect to the operation of the lines; he would thus make
recommendations to the Minister regarding the fixing of rates
and charges, and wages payable to the railway staff, and the
general conditions governing its employment.''
''Efficiency and economy in management'' are the essentials.
The date of closing of receipt of applications is
• Residents of Port Chalmers are naturally expecting great
things from the introduction of electric power into the
borough, and at last night's meeting of the council Cr
Anderson moved the following motion of which he had given
notice: ''That this council, in view of the electric power
being introduced into the borough at an early date, appoint a
deputation to wait on the Harbour Board and consider the
immediate necessity of reclaiming the whole area of the bay
for the encouragement and expansion of local industries.''
Cr Powell seconded the motion pro forma. Cr Fail pointed out
that the borough had not yet got the electric power, and said
it would be very foolish to set up such a committee before
the thing was settled one way or another. He moved that the
motion be simply received. Other councillors expressed the
view that the motion was premature, and that the time would
be inopportune to approach the Harbour Board with such a
scheme. At the request of Cr Anderson it was decided to let
the motion lie on the table for a month.
Another link in the chain of progress in connection with the
dairying industry was formed at Edendale when the
manufacturing of butter from whey was duly inaugurated. This
is the third dairy factory in Southland to follow this
course, the other two being Woodlands and Mataura.
The Edendale Dairy Factory Company, however, was the first to
seriously discuss the proposal. Owing to the structural
nature of the main factory a new building had had to be
constructed for the whey-butter plant, and on this account
the arrangements are not so compact as is the case at the
Mataura factory, where the whole concern is under one roof.
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