The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. TUESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 1888. NEW ZEALAND'S ADVANTAGES.
) In tho course oi a very sensible and 1 able speech at the meeting of the Christ - P church Chamber of Commerce the other • day — and en passant it may be remarked , that such speeches are generally to be > looked for from the Presidential chair 3 of that body — the now President Mr A. \ Kaye contrasted tho lot of tho farmers -' m New Zealand with that' of farmers m r other of tho Australasian Colonies. In f so doing he brought forward Borno very [ noteworthy facts, and showed with great clearness tho advantages of New Zoa- . land. Among other things ho said :— ," " Farmers are proverbially hard to > please, but as regards wheat growing ' they aro m an enviable position, for it ! has been carefully ascertained that, . taking wheat at about 3s per bushel, the not profit m New Zealand is greater ; than the total value of the crop ot any t other of tho colonies of Australia; and f. that our yield, on an average of yeara, J is more than three times that of South Australia, nearly two and a-half times , that of Victoria, and nearly double that f of New South Wales. Tho average I yield of wheat for fifteen years part of 5 four of. tho wheat -growing colonies has ■ been :— £ s. a ' South Australia, 804 bushels per > aore, at say 3a on farm . . • . 1 4 1 ; Victoria, 11.64 bushels per aore, at , say 3s on farm .* . . 115 6 New South Wales, li'Bß bushels per aore, at Bay 3s on (arm . . ..236 ) New Zealand, 26*16 bushels per ; acre, at say 8a on farm . . . . 818 6 , By above you will note that the balance m favor of New Zealand over 1 Bouth Australia is £2 14s sd, Victoria " £2 Bs, New South Wales £1 15s ; and , were wo to compare with Canterbury alone the difference would bo still ■ more striking, as it will be roadily ad--1 mitted that the Canterbury farmer is ' much better situated than one m any other province, owing to the nature of the land and the easy way it can be cultivated. Taking oats, the comparison shows practically the same result for fifteen years—South Australia, 12 -55; Victoria, 21*42; New South Wales, 20*72 ; and New Zealand, 82*16. We can carry more sheep to the acre m New Zealand than m almost any other part of the world j and whereas m nearly all partß of Australia they count how many acres to the sheep, we, m New Zealand, count sheep to the acre." These are facts which should not only convince our own peoplo that they are happy m being located m this colony, but which cannot be too widely published at Homo and throughout the world, as they present tho very considerations which are likely to determine those who aro looking out for now homos to turn their Btops hitherward.