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HIGH COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE.

IMPORTANT APPOINTMENTS.

TOURIST DEPARTMENT'S FUTURE.

(By Telegraph.—Own Cjr.-espondent.) MARTON, this day. Some appointments in the High Commissioner's Office, London, were announced by the Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Ward, at Marton last night, and he also gavean interesting but brief glimpse of further important developments in the Civil Service in the near future. The secretary to the High Commissioner, Mr Walter Kennaway, was retiring under the age limit. He had, explained the Prime Minister, been 50 years in the service of his country; he was a man of high ability and undoubted integrity, who had carried out his duties in the High Commissioner's Office with every satisfaction. He would retire at the end of June next, in accordance with the regulation, and he (the Premier) wished to publicly acknowledge his work, and to express the hope that he would live happily in retirement. To take his place as secretary, the Government had appointed Mr Pallfser, who for some years had been audit officer in the High Commissioner's Office. The vacancy of auditor would be filled by Mr T. H. Hamer, Under-Secretary for Mines, who had filled many positions in New Zealand, displaying high nbilities. Both appointments were made after consulting with the Controller and AuditorGeneral, who had control over the audit at the London Office.

Another gentleman of indefatigable zeal and high qualifications, Mr T. E. Donne, general manager of the Tourist' Department, would go Home at the same time as Mr Hamer as Trade Representative and Immigration Agent for New Zealand. By appointing an officer of Mr Donne's standing, the Government would secure the specialisation of these two important subjects. Two officers now in the High Commissioner's Department would be returned to New Zealand, and the whole rearrangement would only involve an increased expenditure in.,theHigh Commissioner's Office of £84 per annum. ( Applause.)

It was not intended to appoint men to fill the vacancies thus caused in New Zealand, as it was proposed to make the Tourist Department a branch of a more important department. He would announce the details a little later. Mr Hamer's position would not be filled and the Government.would save £1200 or £1300 annually in this way, and the changes would do a vast amount of good to the country as a whole. (Hear, hear.) (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.! WELLINGTON, this day. It, is current gossip that the Government has come to a decision to amalgamate certain branches of the public service with other departments. If this policy i-s carried out there may be expected to be a fusion of the Government Life and State Fire Insurance Departments. The appointment of Mr. T. E. Donne as trades and immigration representative of the Dominion in London strengthens the report as to the contemplated abolition of the Tourist Department. Commenting on the announced appointment, the "Times" say* that Mr. Palliser _ had the strongest possible claims tor promotion the position of secretary rendered vacant by the retirement of Mr. Kennaway, and the Government has acted very wisely in recognising them. The post was one demanding close personal acquaintance with the conduct of delicate financial operations at times controlled by the Department, and this qualification Mr. Palliser possessed in a degree unapproachable by anyone in the public service. It had tit times been urged against the High Commissioner's Department that the officials had little personal knowledge of New Zealand, and that they were in consequence unable to afford the British public the best information concerning ils development. This objection would cease to be a valued one in consequence of the infusion of new blood that was to take place. Messrs. Hamer and Donne had both an intimate knowledge of New Zealand. In whatever way it might be considered, Mr. Hamer had had a very long and honourable career in the civil service of the country. Of Mr. Donne's fitness to represent the Dominion as far as trade and immigration were concerned, therp could not be much question, for if any man in New Zealand knew the country it was he.

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HIGH COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 65, 17 March 1909

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