A DROUGHT IN HAWKE'S BAY.
NAPIER, March 1
"In the southern part of Hawkes Bay, owing to continued drought, the position is d sperate," said Mr Huntar, M P. for Wai-p.-iwa, and a Hawke's Bay landowner, to a r portpr today There has never been any thing like it since 1879 At that time a large part of the land wne held in considerable .ien, but the *i)briivisi-n thut has since Uvkn! pi- p.- mAw it more difficult tor "'■iitin!* if i-m-iir holdings to cope with tbe ■ ouble, nnr! edrf.s very much to the distress aid inieery. 1 use the words advisedly. In runny places stock are dyii g of starvation. a.rue numbers of stock have b. en aent over 1 1) the West Coast, and are being r>azed here.. A conHiderable amount of stock have also been trucked io that part, and are now travelling on the roads between Palmerston North and New Plymouth in the hope that they may be kept alive. Unless we get rain J within tbe next six weeks the prospects ofS winter growth will be very remote, and a I heavy loss of stock may be anticipated right away from Cape Kidnappers to the Wai-' rarapa Lake." j
Mr Hunter added that artesian wells that bad never failed before bad gone dry. He expected, however, that the Government would come to the assistance of Crown tenants, and remit their renta. On the other hand, those land owners in the Woodville,
Fahiatua, and West Coait districts, on whose Hawkee Bay sto;k were being sent were'reapiog ft rich harvest, because the Hawkes Bay people were prepared to Rive bI , most any price to keep their stock alive.
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A DROUGHT IN HAWKE'S BAY., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3402, 2 March 1915