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HASTINGS. April 29. Giving evidence before the Industries Committee;at Hastings, Mr Burfield, a local boot' manufacturer, and for ten -years manager of a boot factory in England, said it was a waste of time trying to standardise boots owing to the change in fashions and fancies. 'Tlie day of cheap English boots had gone for ever, and the only way to reduce the price of footwear in New Zealand was to keep tlie hides in the country. Export resulted in England and America picking the best leather and re-export-ing the wasters to the..colonies at high prices. The hides should not be shipped, Out large tanneries should be established close to New Zealand freezing works. The Government should assist in research, and the works should be equipped with the best machinery. The farmer would then get a better price, and the manufacturer would have his supplies first hand. The price would have to be fixed so that there would be reasonable profit on the capital invested after allowing for the cost of production. The industry would find considerable employment for,, returned soldiers, besides filling New Zealand's requirements for leather, and possibly making the Dominion an exporting country. New Zealand could produce the best leather in the world, because it had the best hides. The durability of New Zealand-mttdc: boots and shoes was far ahead of Australian, and given good sole leather, such as could be produced in our own tanneries, our manufacturers would produce as good boots as were obtainable in any part of the world. Even now boots made in Auckland were second to none, and the working conditions in the factory there were ideal _ the employees not being treated as wage slaves.

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N. Z. INDUSTRIES THE LEATHER TRADE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919

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N. Z. INDUSTRIES THE LEATHER TRADE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9598, 30 April 1919