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PIGEON BAY REQUIREMENTS.

TO THE EDITOK. Sir,—Since the meeting of representatives of the various bays, held in the Council office, Duvauchelle, on Saturday last in connection with the eleotrio light scheme, I have been asked to place before your readers, especially those those that are to represent their districts, and more especially the ones that have been cheeen that were not at Ibe meeting, how Mr Hay and myself estimated the requirements of fhia Bay with the hope that that it may be of come assistance to those about to gather information in the bays they represent. By previous arraDgerangetnent I joined Mr Hay at bis home, and befora a cheerful fire with a small table between us, we put down, oce below the other, the names of the occupiers of all the bouses, then we .put down the number of lifihts we considered each would require. These ranged from 60 for large houses, with out houses well .'ighted also, down to 8 lights for tha smaller houses, 10 or 12 for those a little Jareer, and 12 to 15 for fair eized houses. Wβ have reckoned on all 16 c.p. lamps, and eoneider we have estimated' on the low eide, The whole lot total 650 16 o p. lamps, and the motor power required to replace the present oil engines is 50 b.p. We allowed 5 h,p. for shearing machines and the same for large dairies, but only ,3 for the majority. Mr Hay and I have been appointed to re present this Bay when Mr Birks comes to the Feninsuia, and we can assure the ones that appointed us that we will not leave a stone unturned in working to the beet of our ability. We would like to ask all the delegates to go into this important matter with all energy. Numbers can do lots that single individuals could never do . We must all be prepared to meet Mr Birks with the informa. tion he requires at our finger tips. People are continually asking—What would it oost? This question Ido not think anyone is prepared to answer at pres , ent. I would like to draw the attention of the Peninsula residents to the many things we have in our homes that io net turn us in a ha'porth; Take the piano, the sewing maohide, hot water service, billiard tabie, water pipes, and many other things. They return nothing per annum in the way to £ s d. Wo could do without them all, but we want them for our pleasure and convenience. So with the light. We want it be cauee it is one of the three greatest conveni encea to be found in a house—the hot water servile (if properly put in) and the sewing machine being the other two. I don't wisb to take up too much of your space, Mr Editor, but I would iike te repeat an amusing answer I got from a post offioe contractor when in Tauranga some twelve yeare ego I could plainly see the place had once been far more important than it was then, and I asked how do you aocount for it going back so. "Well"' he said, "you see the trouble is there's far too many people come here to die This is a mild climate and a cheap plaoe to live in, therefore, people with small means can retire here when they could not do so elsewhere. They take one of tbsse houses, and say 'Now, don't aek us to paint; it'll do as it is. . You mention waterworks, and the onswer.is 'Now, leave us alone. The pump is el! we require. . When you mention eaeworks, they put up one hand and say 'Will you please leave us aloce. We haven't mnch to live on, and the candles will do us for the rest of our days ' Now. fir, we don't wish to stand still like lbs above people if we can afford to move on. Readers, don't put your' selves in a position for your neighbours to be able to say you blocked progress, and co pre. vented us from getting that which we probably will not have another chance of getting. I am, etc, A. GOODWIN.

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PIGEON BAY REQUIREMENTS., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915

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PIGEON BAY REQUIREMENTS. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3469, 29 June 1915

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