(Per Press Association.)
AUCKLAND, February 5. ; Some interesting figures, were quoted at the V.M.C.A. Convention this morning which would seem ;to show that notwithstanding all the attempts to settle people on the land, the drift, of population is still towards tho cities. Mr Hall, of Christchurch, earlier in the Convention, introduced the subject of , the advisability of extending V.M.C.A. ' work in the country districts, urging that the radius should be within 30 to 40 miles of the centres. The matter was referred to a sectional conference of tho Convention, which sat this morning, and a report was submitted for the information of members.
The report stated that in 1901 the rural population of New Zealand was 54 per cent, and the city-45 per cent., whereas in the census for the period ending 1911 the percentage was reversed, tho rural quota being 45 per cent., as against the city 50. It was pointed out that the attractions of the towns drew the young men away from country life. To counteract this it Was suggested that the work of the V.M.C.A. should be extended to country 'districts. Mr Peacock (Australia) said they all wanted education to touch this great problem of rural work. He urged members of the Convention to get literature upon the question, so as to understand the position. A city expert in V.M.C.A. work might prove useless in rural districts. The Young Men's Christian Association was not bricks and mortar when it undertook work. It required expert knowledge to go to the country, discover the latest talent existing there, and organise it to, work. The Convention?, adopted a resolution affirming that the drift from the couritry_ to the town was.due to tho great social attraction and the comparative value of opportunities of obtaining employment; also^ that it was' desirable that tho work' of the V.M.C.A. should be extended to rural districts. It was further decided to recommend the National Committee to appoint an expert to visit country districts and report. ■■'*.'■■■
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
DRIFT CITYWARDS Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8787, 6 February 1914
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