REPRESENTATION OF ASHBURTON ON THE LYTTELTON HARBOR BOARD.
At yesterday’s meeting of this Board. Mr Wright moved—“ That, in consideration of the large proportion of the revenue which is derived from- the Counties of Ashley and Ashburton and the Borough of Sydenham, the Board is of opinion that the said d'stricts are entitled to representation on the Board, and request the Government to make the necessary alterations in the Harbors Act to effect this object.” He might remind the members that the area represented on the Board had a population of 53,G00, and the unrepresented population, which, nevertheless, contributes to the revenue, numbered 31,740. This did not include any residents north of the Hurunui or south of the Rangitata, or the population of Banks’ Peninsula. The export of gram and rvool from Lyttelton for the year ending October 31st last was equal to that of the whole of the rest of the colony. The registered tonnage from Lyttelton was 04,914, and the total from all other ports was G3,7CD. He was not wedded to any particular number of representatives for each district, but at least one member for Ashley and one for Ashburton should be given to satisfy the popular demand. He would not waste the time of the Board by any elaborate argument. Mr Allwright seconded the motion. Mr Cunningham Would vote for the motion as B it implied the principle that those who paid taxes should be represented. Mr Allan would vote for so reasonable
proposition. He, however, was not in avor of the now members taking places vacated for them by present representatives. They should be additional representatives. At the same time, he could not consider that the producers of grain and wool were not excellently represented on the Board now.
Mr Harman did not know whether Mr Wright moved the resolution as a private individual, or as representing any public body. Mr Wright moved the resolution at the request of the Ashburton County Council. Mr Hannan thought no one could deny that the districts mentioned were entitled to representation, but he would suggest that the latter part of the resolution, asking the Government to amend the Act, should be omitted, as he considered such a request should come, not from the Harbor Board, but from the the constituencies.
The Chairman suggested that in lieu of the words Mr Harman wished admitted, the following might be added: —“And that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Covernment.” Mr Harman would adopt the suggestion of the Chairman. Messrs Wright and Allwright had no objection to the alteration. The motion was amended as suggested. Mr Wright replied. As far as he was concerned be bad no wisb to alter the present constitution of the Board, but at the same time he did not see why the Government should nominate any members. The Chairman remarked that the question of nomination had not been Mr Wright thought the whole question was raised by Mr Allen. The Thames and other Boards had no nominated members. If those gentlemen now representing Government wished to be elected by the people, he thought they would have no difficulty in obtaining seats. If they did not get returned, that would be a proof that they should not have been nominated. He quite agreed with the remarks of those who thought the interests of producers were ably represented by Messrs Turner and Cunningham, who also had their own interests to look after. He would not detain the Board, as he felt sure the motion would be agreed to. The amended motion was then put and agreed to ne.m con.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881
REPRESENTATION OF ASHBURTON ON THE LYTTELTON HARBOR BOARD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 495, 18 November 1881
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