Maoriland Worker, Rōrahi 11, Putanga 460, 7 Kohitātea 1920, Page 3
~JZ. PaUnerston North, writes: "I have been shearing at Tapuae.Waitahuna. West, 20 miles from Peilding. I would like to mention that this shed is in a filthy condi-, tion. There are dead sheep lying ahout in the yards and alongside the shed. Ahout fifty sheepskins arc hanging on wires inside the shed. Our rep., K. Hammond,- requested the boss to remove a dead lamb from the end of the board on the outside of the shed, but he took no notice of it, and about four hours after it was still there. Then I took a hand and he soon removed it. in a couple of days there will be nothing doing if they do not bury the, rest of the dead ones, as they arc within from 10 to 20 yards pf om port-holes. The dead number nearly twenty. 1 hope Townsend, who promised to do this place,*reaches here early, as he will be able to get a whiff of the smell, etc. The owner of this place is, I believe, T. H. Mc- Lean. There seem to be dozens of McLeans in the district, so I may be wrong in the initials. By what I can see, they want shaking up re sanitary conditions."
W. Smith, Omakau, states that at Scoullar's station in this region the accommodation is of a very questionable character. The hut is draft}', and only straw was provided for beds. An inspection is needed.
H. Butler, c/o W. H. Munro, Otckaiko, Oamaru, forwards a novel complaint with respect to accommodation at this place. He says: "Did you ever sec Oamaru stone houses lined? The walls arc always left stone bare, as one might say. Well, the Inspector who called here the other day ordered Munro to line the hut dining-room where we tucker. We all reckon he made a mistake. All tho buildings on the place arc of stone. It is very good accommodation here, with the exception of baths. The employer told mc when I came down here that he was going to put in baths, etc. The j owner of Brancott Station at. Bleu-1 hcim nearly went mad when hr was told by the Inspector to build baths and put in a hot and cold water service." -,-,. With ..jvespect, to , the complaints made to the Department re the accommodation at Bush Gully Station, Hiuakura. the Head Office has received the following reply: "I have to inform you that Inspector Sanderson, of Masterton, visited this station on the 28th ultimo., and his report in some respects confirms the information contained in the complaint which you received, but in other jespectsthc accommodation appears to be quite satisfactory. When the inspection was made, shearing was in progress and it was too late in the season for the owner to make permanent improvements this year, but he promised to provide temporary baths, tubs, and other means for washing and drying the clothes. If necessary, a requisition to make permanent improvements will be served on the owner of this station early next year."