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Sir Francis Bell, Minister in Charge of the Forestry Department. He said it was with regard to Crown lands and to a certain extent to lands still owned by the Natives that it had become necessary to make such provision as should ensure the people of New Zealand a constant supply of timber for their own purposes.
The export of New Zealand timber for use in countries outside New Zealand cannot continue in the future as it has in the past, and it has already become obvious that as to some classes of timber no further licenses can be granted to sawmillers without the condition that no timber sawn at the mill shall be sold for export.
Apart from the export causing a shortage, the Minister pointed out that the high prices obtained for New Zealand woods outside the dominion has so inflated their cost in New Zealand as to increase beyond reason the prices of timber in New Zealand for all purposes.
Shipwrecked men disadvantaged
One of the disadvantages under which men work who go to sea for a living is that in the event of disaster their wages stop on the day they have to abandon the vessel. It may be months before they are in a position to obtain other employment, and in the meantime their dependents do not receive any help from the bread-winner.
The wreck of the Auckland schooner Awanui is a case in point (says the New Zealand Herald). The vessel was wrecked on Niue Island on January 18, and the crew were taken off the island until the beginning of April.
They were taken to Samoa by a rescuing steamer, and it will probably be the middle of June before the members of the shipwrecked crew can reach Auckland.
This makes it necessary for the men's dependents to live on their reserve funds for at least five months. While at Samoa the men are being treated as ship-wrecked mariners, and are being kept at the expense of the New Zealand Government.
Returned soldiers' criticised
With reference to a paragraph in the Daily Times yesterday in which attention was directed to the unsoldier-like behaviour of many returned soldiers while on parade on Anzac Day in Christchurch, a local military officer draws attention to similar disregard of discipline on the part of the Otago men on Friday.
Smoking while the men were on the march was by no means uncommon, and a veritable cloud of tobacco smoke was noticeable when the men marched into the enclosure at the Oval. It is suggested that those in charge of future military parades should insist on better discipline being maintained.
Hatpin injury problem
The hatpin epidemic seems to have made its reappearance in Dunedin. The regulation as to a proper protector being used on the point of the hatpin has been ignored by nearly all ladies, with the result that the male physiognomy has, in once case at least, been seriously disfigured.
Fortunately, the injury was confined to a severe and lengthy scratch - it is described by an eye witness as a gash - just below the eye. Half an inch higher and a loss of sight would probably have resulted.
- ODT, 1.5.1919
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