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■ A meeting to consider what steps should be taken to suitably celebrate peace was held in the Library. - The chairman, Mr B. McNamara, explained that it was desired to hold the Rakaia function on a different date from the Christchurch celebrations, but as there was a doubt as to whether the Government subsidy would be available in such a ease an enquiry telegram had been sent to the Minister of Internal Affairs. The reply made it perfectly clear that the celebrations must beheld ' only on the days set apart by the Government. After discussion it was resolved that the Ilakaia celebrations be held on the Tuesday. The question of | the Sunday was left over and it was thought best to have no public function on the Monday, but to concentrate on having,a ,good day,, especially for the children, on the Tuesday.; A bonfire committee was appointed and it was decided to secure a large supply of fireworks without delay, and to obtain a band for the occasion. A preliminary estimate was drawn up of the cost of the festivities, and reached about £350. Subseqiiently the chairman submitted the proposals to Mr A. Magson, chairman of the Ilakaia Road Board, which body defrays 'about half of the expenses. Nothing, however, could be definitely decided till the Road Board met. Mr C. W. Ross, Rakaia postmaster, lias been appointed Registrar and Returning Officer for. the new Ellesmere [ electroate. His duties, however, do not [commence until a general election occurs. ...-'' A sign of the times contemporary with the return of men from the front, is a revival of interest in. outdoor I sports. The Rakaia Football Club has been dormant for years, but now a 1 movement is on foot to re-establish it and arrange a series of matches.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9573, 31 March 1919