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On Monday last Mr A. Goodwin on behalf of tbe Akaroa County Council arranged for twenty six Akaroa County and Borough representatives to visit Tai Tapu nnd inspect tbe installation of Lake Coleridge electricity there. The party were conveyed in private cars kindly lent for tbe purpose by Messrs. A. Goodwin, E. aDd J. C. Hay, _. Wright 0 E. Kay, C. B. Thacker and H. W. Piper. i

The party were from the following districts—Messrs J D Bruce, G Arm Btrong, C. W. Leete and W J Lane (Akaroa), W G Dalglish, A A MoPbail and R Bruce (Leßons), L Wright, J J Donovan and W Warner (French Farm and Wainui), R A Pettigrew (Barry'sßay), A Goodwin, W Corrigal, E and J C Hay, 8 H Salt, Jas Pitcaithly, D Hunt and J Dnxbury (Pigeon Bay), W W Williams (Robinson's Bay), J Brown (Takamatua), C E Kay (Little Akalea and Chorlton), and H W Piper (Duvauohelle) The party arrived at Tai Tapu just before noon and were met there by Ml Perryman, chairman of Director of the Tai Tapu factory, Mr Agar, sec retary, a number of the directore of the company and Mr Parry, Dominion Electrical Expert, Mr L Birks, in charge of the Lake Coleridge scheme, and Mr J R Templin, the consulting eleotrieal engineer employed by the Tai Tapu Company in installing the scheme there.

The Tai Tapu Company enter tamed the visitors to luncheon at tho Tai Tapu Hotel, and after luncheon a number of speeches were made.

Mr Porryman said he bad a vivid recollection of the directors first trip to inspect the Akaroa electrical scheme. They had laarnt quite a lot, and the gentlemen of Akaroa bad done everything to assist them in the mat ter. They had put this knowledge to practical use, and now, six months later, they had a substantial installation of their own. They could possibly give the Akaroa people a little information.

Mr J D. Brace said they proposed to bring Liake Coleridge power to the Peninsula, but it would be far more difficult to cover the Peninsula than the Tai Tapu district; also ifc was more difficult for a local body to undertake tbe installation than a private company, as there wa3 formality to go through ' hey had thought that if they could see the Tai Tapu installation it would assist them. He was pleased to sea the Government representatives present, especially Mr Parry. They hoped to get the ins and outs of the Tai Tapu Bch9me. Mr A. Goodwin had ar* ranged tbo trip, and the thauk3 of the party were entirely duo to him. (Ap plauae). Ha wished to thank the Tai Tapu Company for their bospi taiifcy, and Mr.Goodwin for his energy in the matter. He hoped Mr Parry would gave them a few hints. ' •-.

Mr Agar, secretary to the Tai Tapu Company, gave them a brief outline of their scheme, In the first instance tbey had to canvass the district and convince even the people opposed to the installation. Now their scheme was successfully installed and all were thoroughly satisfied. They charged their suppliers 12s per year for a 50 c.p. light, 12i per year for an.iron, .and £9 per h.p for miiking plant motors He believed Akaroa would need very little assistance from Coler idge. With the enthusiasm of Mr A. Goodwin, they should carry the County installation through, and they would give them the benefit of their experience He advised them in the first place to employ a consulting en gineer. The Tai Tapu Company had employed Mr Templin, and were thorougiy satisfied. They had, in consequence, installed a sound, safe scheme, which was a credit to their district,

Sixty doses of "NAZOL" enough to re move half adozen average bad colds, cost only eighteenppnee. "NAZOL" is easy to thke, acts quickly, and has no ill effects-on the system '

Mr Parry in e'emrge of the Government hydro electrical development of New Zealand then addressed the gathering. He said the present occasion was really an historic one Electricity had never been supplied to fanning districts to any extent before In Canada and United States it was being studied, but there it was jurt in ire infancy. Hero they had it in I practical u-e, nnd he could see the / ereat possibilities there were in it With the Lake Coleridge scheme (he j whole of Canterbury could b3 ude' quately served. In the Tai Tapu dis tricfc the installation was going to mean increased production, and clow population At the opening of the Tai Tapu installation the Minister had mentioned tbe linking 'up of the Little River, and the Peninsula to the Coleridge supply. He said the current, could be used for running a system of light railways, and the Government had under their notice the construction of a railway service between Akaroa and Christchurch. The elec trie railway was quite a feasible pro position. Ifc meant not the haulage of a heavy train, but rather resembled a suburban tram way service where single cars could be run j'ist as they were required, and atop to pick up passengers or produce wherever re


Mr Birks said six months ago he would have said it was impossible to link up the Peninsula, as he had said it was impossible to link up the Tai Tapu district; but the personalities of such enthusiasts as Mr Agar and Mr Goodwin carried them through. He and his engineers were doubtful about the Peninsula scheme, but ifc had yet to be investigated.

Mr A. Goodw. n said at tho time of the Christchurch Exhibition the Pigeon Bay mail service was dis continued for the daily .Little River service to Auaroa, and he, with other residents in Pigeon Bay, did all in their power to bring it back But in

this instance they failed. He felt it was the same thing iv bringing the Coleridge power to tbe\_ eninsula. He would not b8 satisfied until Ihey had thoroughly investigated the possibili ties. Many people said it would be too dear, but until the thing wan fathomed'they should not be satisfied. If they found it was impossible they! would have clear consciences. He tbarked the Tai Tapu Company for their hospitality.

Mr G Armstrong (Mayor of Aka roa), emphasised tbe advantage of such a gathering to discuss the scheme before tbem. The enthusiasm of Mr Goodwin and Mr Bruce augured well for the • Peninsula scheme. Th only thing wrong with the Akaroa supply was tho shortage of water The Borough Council had burdened their scheme for another twelve months in the hope that Lake Coleridge current would relieve them of the power supp'y. When tbe scheme was first installed in Akaroa there wero cot many suppliers, but to day almost every house in the Borough was con nected. In fnc . there were only four houses out of 300 not connected. In Akaroa they would strain every effort to bring "the Coleridge supply to the Peninsula, and help Mr Goodwin and eeveryone in the County. They should all stick their shoulder to the wheel and get the electrified railway to Akaroa. (Applause).

In answer to Mr W. W. Williams, Mr Agar said the Tai Tapu house supply charges were la per month per light. They had based their scheme to get a return of 7s per month for every 45 watts They supplied an iron, two. 50 c.p lights, three 25 c p lights, and three 11 c p lights in the hall, bathroom and kitchen for 7? per month,

Mr .Leete complimented the Tai Tapu Company upon their splendid installation and moderate charges

After lunch an inspection of the Tai Tapu sub-station was made, where the Coleridge power is brought

in at 11,000 volts, and transformed to 5000 volts. An inspection wa>' also made of tbo installation at the re-idtnoes of Messrs Perry re an, Robt. McCartney and 11, M. Morten. .Mr Moroion'j wire is 'cariied a distance of ! four liri.xs over a numbor 8 galvanised wire, and he runs a 10 h.p motor for shearing machine;--, chaff and 'wood cutting and other purposes. The houses visited also bad all the most up to date electrical conveniences, such as toaaters, grills, hot plates, kettles. &q., besides power motors for milking machines and other purposes.

'i ho whole party wore entertained at afternoon tea by Mr Robert Mo. Cartney.

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TAI TAPU ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION, Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3504, 12 November 1915

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TAI TAPU ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3504, 12 November 1915

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