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The Ministerial Tour.

[per press association.]

Ohaupo, April 11. The Ministerial party divided on April sth. Messrs Russell, Fergus, Murray, and Bell going to Woawhanga: Mr Bruce and Dr. Nowftian rode to Mr Studholme's station, and the "remainder with the pack-horses kept along the railway line. On Sunday all parties united in preparing for the march to Turangiriri, 65 miles from Marton. For 40' miles the country is a most luxuriant swamp of grass, and the party express surprise at the richness of the sojl, and the splendid, forests of white pine and inatai,"with occasional tofcarji, The exfeiif r 6f %hfe fertile country is vejey" great,'' stretching 25 miles across east "to Ruahine. At Turangiriri, the main road from Napier strikes the North Island Trunk Railway line, and many other roads converge there, and this will bo an important township. The land east and west is clear of bush, and all first class. Inland of Tatea there is very extensive clear country, and

90 miles inland, between the confluence of the Hautapu and Rangitikei rivers, particolarly fine grass, self-sown, is running riot.

Captain Russell addressed his constituents at Moawhanga.*' Questioned about the North Island Main Trunk Railway, . he said he was in favor of buying Maori land along the road, and settling it. His • line of policy was to open as speedily as possible such splendid country. The Ministerial party was .much struck with the strong resemblance of the vegetation- -■ on the Muroniohi Plain, with that of the s Otago Central Railway district. . The f Murunohi Plain is the only poor country „ on the railway ."route. The watier- nH! shed of. the Turakine, Wangahu and . Whonganui rivers is mostly capital forest land, with rich soil: Useful timber is rery abundant, and this being the largest primeval forest in the Colony there is work for mills for years, all this traffic drawing into the Central Railway afc;< Kaiorere. " • „ ' /" s " On Monday the. party started tor? Wainarino and passed through splendid "* country. On Tuesday they rode-to Taumarinui through dense bush and soak- „ ingrain. • •-" ' .-. : -,•/:.

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The Ministerial Tour., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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The Ministerial Tour. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2398, 11 April 1890

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