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Just add water
Within the short period of a few weeks two Ministers of the Crown, the Hon J.G. Coates and the Hon G.J. Anderson — one from the far north and the other from the southern end of the dominion — have visited Central Otago at the invitation of Mr J. Horn, MP, mainly for the purpose of viewing the results of irrigation and the potentialities of the country under the application of an increased supply of water. Nothing could be more convincing than actual demonstrations of this kind. Wherever the land has come under the influence of irrigation patches of green stand out like emeralds in a dull setting of brown, and there are evidences of prosperity in orchards and pasture and in the stacks of lucerne which are to carry stock through the winter. Fruitlands and Ripponvale, with upwards of 100,000 trees between them, are looking remarkably well, although both places could do with more water; and the same condition of things exists on Galloway flat and Ida Valley. Mr Horn, whose faith in the whole district is boundless, says he is of the opinion that one day more fat stock will be sent to the market off Ida Valley than
from the fertile Taieri Plains.
Huia hunted to extinction
A correspondent writes to the Manawatu Daily Times: The Ruahine Range was once the home of thousands of pairs of huia. These birds were exceedingly tame, and were to be found in pairs always, male and female, the one with a short, sharp, strong beak, with which the huhu, or white pine grub, was picked clear of the tree trunk in which it made its home; the other with extremely long and slender bill to probe the hole and extract the grub. The very tame nature of the birds sealed their fate and they are now extinct. Stuffed specimens should command really good prices from European or American museums. Our own people are not yet ready to value them. They were too late to realise this when these beautiful birds still lived. A Palmerston North enthusiast spent about £25 in Maori search parties some 15 years ago in the endeavour to secure living pairs for transport to the Kapiti Island sanctuary. Unfortunately his love for the natural history of his native land was not rewarded. — ODT, 1.5.1922