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A meeting of the' Board was held At Tatiereall'e Hotel, Christoburcb, od Wednesday, February 17,1915. Pre sent—Messrs H T. Chapman, W. G. Fleming, H. A. Nutt, 0. W. Field end B. Gebbie.

The minutes of the meeting held on September 30 were read and cod firmed.

The clerk reported that the quarter' Iy meeting that should have been beld lapsed, only Messrs H. T. Chapman and R. Gebbie being present.

The action of those gentlemen in p&Bsing accounts was approved.

A letter was reoeived from Mr J. C 0. Gebbie, asking permission to re lnova a gate into bia paddock.

The request was granted, subject to this gate being re erected to the eatisfaotion of the Board's inspector. The clerk stated that, in accordance with a former resolution, receipt books had been sent to Messrs R A. Pettigrew (Duvaucbelle), F 0 Aldridge (Le Bon's Bay), C. B, Thacker (Okain's) and H T. Chap man (Puaha), theee gentlemen having offered to received mtes on behalf of the Board.

The inspector reported as follows : —" I beg to report having inspected Okain's Bay, the top of Laveriok's, Lβ Bon's, Hickory. Long Bay, Stoney Bay and the Summit, and bush ad joining it, also German Bay, Robinson's Bay and Duvauchelle, and I could not find any traces of any rabbits there; in fact, after passing from Pigeon Bay to the Lighthouse, I

could not find any signs. In Wainui I found a few rabbits in the centre of the bay on Mr Hayward's property, the only place in there where I found any signs. I wrote him, and sent an official notice to destroy them I in npeoted Piraki and part of Kinloch, but did not find any rabbits. Since' your last meeting I have again in speeted Port Levy and Pigeon Bay. In Port Levy I found rabbits on Messrs Robert Fleming's, Steele's, Jas Fleming's, Riobard Fleming's, L. Wilson's and C. W- field's properties. At the Addeley Heads there are still a few. There are also several in and around the bush o£ F. Hunt's, top of the bill between Little River and Port Levy. I ordered another small tin of poison, which I distributed amongst those wbotu I bave men tioned. In Pigeon Bay I still find a few on Holmes' Bros! Here I laid poison, which I bad with me. fi another place on tbe same property, near Mr J. Peach's, I put out two, killing one of them. I saw Mr Holmes, and be is putting more poison down. These were the only places I could find any traces of rabbits in the bay. I have again gone over Char teris Bay add Diamond Harbour, Ted dington, Kaituna, Willesden and Geb bie's Valley. There aro Ftiil a few in all of these places. The fact of us having so mild a winter has been tbe principle cause of more rabbits being about this spring and summer, I have killed thirty six rabbits since October inside the fence. I have had to attend to four of the gates. One gate post got broken off. This I re l placed with another. This is the

last one which is left of tbe gate posts or strainers. The fence I have examined closely again. I find every thing alright, except the netting at Teddington on the mud flat, where a bole was in it. This 1 attended to. It will soon require new netting, but there are still tbree rolls on band. The Teddington gate is slightly out of order, but I spoke to tbe blacksmith to see to it at once."

It was resolved that tbree jar rah strainers be obtained and kept on band ready for an emergency.

The balance sheet for the year ending December 31st, 1914, was adopted.

Mr Chapman stated that the elec tion of chairman should have been held on December 80th, but as no quorum was present the matter had to ann ] n- , "--, n o "-ni'-p'i "lombsrs for oiib -~~j ucoli givtmhiin during the past twelve months, and took this occasion of saying he thought some provision should be made for the time when the fence would require a lot of renewing At present the rate struck was only barely sufficient to meet necessary expenses. He recommended member to give this matter serious consideratien when next time the question of striking the rate came before them.

On tbe motion of Mr W. 0. Flem ing seconded by Mr Field, Mr H. T Chapman was again elected chair man.

A long discussion took plaoe relative to the practise in Hawke's Bay of bil leting a rabbiter and his dogs on a

station until the rabbits were exterminated. Aβ no one seemed to know much about; the matter, the clerk was instructed to write and find out on what terms, etc., the rabbitera are employed,

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BANKS PENINSULA RABBIT BOARD., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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BANKS PENINSULA RABBIT BOARD. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3401, 26 February 1915

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