OPENING NEW DALY'S WHARF.
BY HON. R. H. RHODES.
After the laying of the foundation atflne of the new Post Office on Wed nesday, the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes performed the ceremony of opening the new Daly'a wharf, which is now almost completed.
, The Mayor read a letter from the Hon. F. M. B. Fisher, Minister of Mariae, which ia as follows:—"I have received your letter of the 20th March and should be glad if you would convey to the members of your Council
my thanks for tbeir invitation to* ope*i
he new Daly's wharf at Akaroa, an -dvi-ie tbem that owing to engag-
ti' nts in tbe north, it will be impose ! tbe for me to be at Akaroa. I tru3t he function will be in evay way a
He regretted the Minister of Marina could not attend, and he asked Mr Rhodes to perform the ceremony. He said the new wharf and post office marked ihe stepa of Akaroa's progress. He believed Akaroa was a coming place, They wanted the Government to press on the railway from Little River to Barry's Bay, Tbe mail then would be carried by water, and in re-building Daly's
wharf the Borough Council had con sidered this. He knew Akaroa bad a big future before it, and not very far away. The Borough Council could foresee that they were justified in spending £800 on this wharf, and it would be paid for out of ordinary revenue. Akaroa's progress was stable. Very soon .here would be other Mayors of this town, and they too must be progressive, Tbe new wharf would be used by tourists, and karoa wanted more accommodation and improvements, and he had no fear Akaroa would eventually bo tbe
tourist town of. Canterbury. Tha Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes said he regretted his colleague, the Hon. F. M. B. Fisher, could not be present, and he bad personally expressed his keen regret to the speaker tbat he was unable to perform the ceremony and see the town and district, Aa Mini ster of the Tourist Department, he expressed bis gratitude at the pro gress Akaroa was making. It was more than solid, The capital value of the land of the Peninsula bad increased by £1,000,000 Tbe Penin sula stock—cattle, sheep and pigshad been increasing every year, especially dairy cattle, and in a few years the annual output of cheese bad risen from 333 tons to 721 tons. His Worship tbe Mayor said the wharf would chiefly serve the tourist traffic, and be would use every endeavour, as member for tbe district, to bave tbe railway extended to Duvauohelle or Barry's Bay: He had just approached the Hon. Mr Fraser, Minister for Public Work 3, regarding a re-survey of the line, and reminded him oE bis promise to send the Department's men to do the work. Unfortunately, the Department's engineers were bus ily engaged, but he looked forward to tbe time in the near future when tbe line would be re surveyed. He* sfaid tbe Government, in making grants to the Onawe Flat road and wharf, had had in view helping the touiist tiaffic to Akaroa, but since the motors had started the wharf and road were not neces.ary. He did not know much about marine matters, He bad much pleasure in declaring the wharf open. The Mayor had in all things shown progress, and Akaroa was now with its water supply, drainage and electric light the most up to date town of its size in New Zealand. The opening of the new wharf was only another indication of Akaroa's activities. The Hon. Mr Rhodes then cut tbe ribbon, which had been tied by a young lady of Akaroa, and declared the wharf open. FUNCTION AT COUNCIL
I After the opening of Daly's wharf, an informal function was held at the Akaroa Borough Council Chambers, Several toasts were honoured. His Worship tha Mayor presided. , The chairman proposed tbe toast of the "Hon. R Heaton Rhodts," Postmaster General and Member for the district. He said all presant were pleased to have Mr Rbod s among them. He had known him for many years, and they had alw.iys been friends They bad not seen alike in some things, but they bad both striv.ed to make New Zealand better in the future to come. Mr Rhodes bad mentioned that their fa hers had been old colleagues, and liiey were both descended from those fine old pioneers, people whom tb * country might well be proud of- They had opposed the element of di orgarjisa tion, but strived to make New Zea land a country in which i very man' could work and get to the I up of the | tree. - Mr Rhodes bad'gbt 'o the lop' of the tree through his md is try and courteous manners, and ha lad much pleasure in proposing the to-i it of the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes &< i worthy statesman and an English g ntsleraan. (Applause.) 1 The toast was drunk eiAhusiasfci cally with musical honours. The Hon. Mr Rhodes that ksd those present for the cordial n inner in which tbe toast was bono" cd. He thanked the Mayor for his (Uttering speech, and though they cul not always see eye to eye their friendship had never decreased. If Mr Armstrong saw fit to oppose him again he was sure the contest would be conducted in the same friendly manner. He thought, however, that Mr Armstrong's views might have oht. nged, and he would only come out a? a reform
candidate, (Laughter). He ej oka of Mr
I Armstrong's patriotism anc; integrity, and his work to benefit Nev. Zealand, It Was always a pleasure s> visit the Peninsula, because he hirrnelf was born on the Peninsula, A* the time of the South African war Ihe Peninsula had supplied horses, tmd what was more men to fight for England. It was easy to foe that the onfidence of the whole district was with Mr Armstrong. (Applause),
The Mayor then proposed the toasi
of tho "Post Office Department,"
coupled with the name of Mr Morris, Chief Postmaster, Christchurcb, and
'or tho Canterbury district
very much impressed with the solid foundations of the new post office, and if the remainder of the building was as substantial the building would be very up to date. The new school just built was, he believed, second to none in Canterbury, and ho hoped the po_fc office would be the same. He believed the post oflice business would increaso and those bays which were not connected with the telephone soon would be. He believed in the near future many new residents would take up the land round Akaroa, -and while in Christchurch recently he had had inquiries from several who wanted five acre plots to start the fruit growing industry. ' He believed theiland very'
suitable for fruit growing, espaciaUy for stone fruit. Tbe toast was enthusiastically honoured, Mr Morris, in reply, said he took a pride in furtheting the postal ser vice of the Canterbury district. He was pleased Akaroa had got its well deserved post office, but his troubles had not ceased yet, as be had to provide suitable furnishings for the building. He was now preparing the requisition for the furniture, and he hoped the Hon. Mr Rhodes would accept it. If he did the Akaroa post office would be second to none in Canterbury and tbe Dominion. (Applause). He thanked them all on behalf of the Post Office Department for the cordial manner in which the toast was honoured*
Mr L. J, Vangioni proposed the toast of tbe Engineer for the New Daly's Wharf (Mr Wilkins), and the Contractor (Mr Robert Powrie). He said the wharf would be extensively used by the launches, and tbe engineer and contractor were tc be complimented for the splendid way the work had been carried out. The wharf was substantial and well built, and would j last for many years.
The toast was honoured. Messrs VV. D. Wilkins and R. Powrie suitably responded. Before the function closed the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes proposed the toast of "His Worship the Mayor." In re' ferring to the wharf, he said it appeared to be well built, and would last for many years to come. He thought when the railway reached Barry's Bay the sea trip would be largely patronised. He then proposed I the. health of the Mayor, whioh was enthusiastically honoured.
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OPENING NEW DALY'S WHARF., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXII, Issue 4386, 10 April 1914
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