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Mr C H. Poole, M.P. for Auckland West, visited the Peninsula last week, being brought oyer by Dr Tbacker, M.P , fqr a motor run. He inspected tbe native bush at Kaituna, Mont gomery's Bush, Pawson's Valley Bush and that ol! Okain's and Le Bon's.

Talking of Akaroa, Mr Poole said

he coneidered it a beautiful and restful place, and said that it bad a sublime setting from tha Summit; Rind. Tbe one aspect which to his mind marred tbe picture somewhat was the absence of native bush in mo-t prominent spots. He considered too much credit could not be given Mr Ell for tbe great anxiety he displayed in securing tbe pT-orvation of tbe remnants of the bush, and tbe residents would be well advised to support Mr Ell in bis efforts As to Akaroa it. elf, it should ba an ideal place for holiday makers, and be agreed with Dr ThAcker tbat it wa. just suitable for .orae up to date sana toriurn where tired oi'y dweller, could recuperate under perf.ot c'im ,'io c>n ditions Talking nf tb. Peninsula people, ba cuild not say .too much about tbeir kindnesn, and he would always carry away tbe best memories of the Peninsula and it* residents, and in future, when any matters relatine to tbe district came before the Housf of Representatives, be would be able to take a live interest in same. Mr Poole paid a high tribute to tbe Aka roa County Council for tbe quality of tbe roads under that body's jurisdio tion, and said the Summit road from the Hill Top to tbe Le Bon's saddle made a perfect motor run It was bis first visit to the Peninsula, and be was much impressed witb tbe possini lities of the district, It bad been sug gested tbat tbe Peninsula would derive great benefit from closer settlement, and be was surprised tbat tbe advantage of some such eoherae bad not impressed the local settlers. He bad recontly visited Luke Coleridg., and was impressed by the giant poasi* bilities of the scheme He bad seen tbe Tai Tapu installation on bis way down, and be was certain tbat tbe Peninsula would be well advised to take steps to get linked up witb Lake Coleridge. He bad seen tbe Little River creamery, several cbeese fac tories on tbe Peninsula and tbe Akaroa Butter Factory, and bis eyes bad been opened to tbe benefits to be derived by the distriot from tbe extension of the Lake Coleridge Bobeme. Tbe residents at Little River and elsewhere seemed keen about bringing tbe power over this way, and only a little energy now made it possible for . the Peninsula to derive benefit from the use of tbe current for both light and power. Mr Poole had seen tbe Akaroa Borough Electric installation, and when he visited the Akaroa Butter Factory he saw £60 worth of cream lying idle for want of power, and these things convinced bim of tbe wisdom of the residents in linking up with Lake Coleridge as soon as possible. Mr Poole considered tbe Akaroa Post Office a very fine build ing He thought tbe streets of tbe town narrow, but understood tbe historic interest that lay in the fact that the Frenoh had formed tbem 100 metres in width. Mr Poole is keenly interested in tbe early history of New Zealand, and regretted be oould not stay longer in Akaroa to pick up some threads of the old romances which centre about tbe distriot. Hiving seen tbe Peninsula, be declared tbat be would visit, the distriot again at tbe first opportunity.

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VISIT TO THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3509, 30 November 1915

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VISIT TO THE PENINSULA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3509, 30 November 1915

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