Kawarau River ‘roaring torrent’

The Kawarau River in flood. — Otago Witness, 29.1.1924
The Kawarau River in flood. — Otago Witness, 29.1.1924
QUEENSTOWN, January 15: Rain fell again during the night, bringing the lake up another inch.

The morning broke fine, however, and the day developed into one of bright sunshine. A gentle breeze has blown at intervals, but it has not been sufficient to bring any more water into the town. The barometer has risen six points since yesterday, and the outlook is now quite promising.

Advices from Glenorchy are to the effect that a strong wind has been blowing there all day, thus seriously endangering the Glenorchy wharf and the goods shed. The planking of the structure, which is submerged, has already been lifted off with the action of the waves.

Parties who have come through Kawarau Gorge from Cromwell during the last couple of days say that it is a roaring torrent. The Kawarau presents a wonderful spectacle, especially at the artificial rapids formed by the dam put in by the Cromwell Development Company. The travellers remark that they would not have missed the sight for pounds.

Clutha Mata-au steady; may rise

Since 6am yesterday the Molyneux at Balclutha has fallen fully six inches. The rainfall during the night was very light, but the weather still appears to be unsettled. Barnego and Otanomomo flood protective banks are holding well, and so far as can be ascertained no damage has been done by the high river. 

If the reports from Queenstown as to the great rise in Lake Wakatipu are correct, then the Molyneux may continue to run at its present high level for a week or more. The height at present is about 10 feet above normal at the traffic bridge, and a tremendous volume of water is running out to sea, carrying with it all kinds of debris from the flooded districts up country.

Dunedin dry — for now

No prayers for rain this week. Duly a pious aspiration that Dunedin may be spared a too watery visitation such as has afflicted Queenstown. Let us derive such confidence and comfort as we can from the official prediction of last April that there would not be another local flood for a hundred years. It will not matter then — to you or to me. — by ‘Wayfarer’

Rising in the morning?

For many years a proposal for the institution of day-baking has been discussed in trade union circles. To carry it into effect would, however, entail the destruction of a popular prejudice, and while, a majority of the consumers maintain a partiality for now bread it is difficult to see how daylight baking can be successfully introduced.

It is, we imagine, not because the master bakers have any strong feeling in favour of night-baking that the custom obtains. Necessarily, their wages bill is higher than it would be if the work were done in daytime. Moreover, there seem to be practical objections to the change. The existing bakehouses have been built to conform to the present conditions. If bread were baked during the day, storage would have to be provided. The creation of storage accommodation would be a matter of difficulty and the expense of it would be a fresh factor in the price of bread. That is not a matter of small moment, for the public would be asked to pay a higher price for what is considered a less palatable article of diet than it now pays for fresh bread. — editorial.

ODT, 16.1.1924  (Compiled by Peter Dowden)