Appendix C – News Paper Clippings

BANK STREET DRAIN.

Northern Advocate , 10 August 1916, Page 3

(To the Editor). Sir, —Will you kindly allow me a little space in your valuable columns to suggest to the Borough Council the desirability of closing the open sewer in Upper Bank street extending between Cross and Manse streets. Last Monday afternoon the daughter of one of our leading business men, returning from High School, slipped, and fell in, reaching home wet through and splashed with mud and slime. My own little girl had a similar experience last night while going to the store in charge of a young lady. Fortunately she suffered nothing worse than a cut knee and shock. A few days ago, Sir, there was not less than four feet of water swirling down that sewer like a raging torrent. Everybody knows the irresistible fascination of water for a child; also everybody knows that within fifty yards of that sewer is a public school with a roll number of over 500 children. My daughter fell in within four feet of where it was boarded over, and at least two iron bars of grating are missing, leaving an aperture big enough to admit a child twice her age, and where no child under 10 years old could possibly get out without assistance. The railing around is useless for children, far too high. In summer the sewer is very insanitary and literally alive with rats. I would suggest, Sir, that: a lower railing of 4 inch by one inch battens be nailed on at once. It could be done in four hours and at trifling expense. The Council should give the matter earnest 7 consideration at an early date. Thanking you for your space, I am, etc., HERBERT DANIEL. 


 

TOWN BEAUTIFYING.

Northern Advocate , 29 June 1914, Page 9

(To the Editor)

Sir,—Just a line or two in which to express my hearty appreciation of the sentiments expressed in your leader of Friday date. Not only are the sentiments good, but the suggestions thrown out are decidedly practical. I am, comparatively speaking, a stranger in Whangarei, but having at least a passing knowledge of most of the towns of the Dominion, I am certainly of the opinion that very few of them are so beautifully situated as Whangarei, or present such great possibilities from a beautifying standpoint. While nature: has dealt so lavishly with this town I do not think there are

very many evidences of man’s attempts at beautifying. It is true that there are some very picturesque homes, and beautiful gardens, but what seems to be lacking is a good, broad, comprehensive scheme of beautifying that would place the stamp of a well-cared-for town upon Whangarei.

Would it not be possible Mr Editor, to start a beautifying society here? I have seen evidences in other places of what a strong society of this kind can do. Take Fielding, for instance. There they have a strong society, and in some four or five years they have worked marvels. Every year they have a carnival. A good sports programme is gone through, side shows are run, and carts, motor cars, gigs, sulkies, and, in fact, every kind of vehicle is decorated, making a perfect festival of greenery and flowers. As a result they are able to net something like £200, which sum is expended in tree planting, reserves and sports grounds beautifying. Such a society here might be able, for example, to secure one or two of the unsightly corners at the end of Cameron Street and turn them into veritable fairy bowers. Some ornamental seats could be secured on which folk from the country could rest and smoke at the conclusion of their business, while waiting for their trains. By the way, Mr Editor, I know of only one public seat in the town, and that is near the top of Bank Street. Several of these, similar to those in use in Albert Park, Auckland, would be donated by citizens if appealed for, I feel certain. Such a society, could also plant trees (say) on the roadside from the wharf to the station, beautify the station approach, plant trees, (say) along Mill Road, Upper Bank Street, and Kamo Road. It might be possible for them to have representation on the Reserve Committee of the Borough Council, and by a hearty co-operation between these bodies, accomplish wonders. No borough council could possibly have a better ally than a society like this. Your suggestion, Mr Editor, of the council availing themselves of the services of Messrs Reed and Davidge is an excellent one, and the laying down of a good comprehensive scheme such as these gentlemen are capable of doing would make an excellent plan for the council and such a society, as I have suggested to work out in unison. I sincerely hope that this subject will not be lost sight of, as much along these lines could be done which will be much more difficult, perhaps impossible, in a few years’ time. —I am, etc., HERBERT DANIEL Parsonage, Bank Street, Whangarei.

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