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NORTH AUCKLAND RAILWAY.

(By Telegraph.—Own' Correspondent.)

WH_NGAREi; Friday.

A general, meeting of the North Auckland. Railway League was held in Mr Steadman's rooms on Thursday night.

A motion brought -forward«by Mr E. H—rding.to make the .League, a..controlling centre in railway matters' north of Auckland was withdrawn after discussion, and on the motion of Mr Purdie, it was resolved: "That,- in view of the fact that the North Auckland Main Trunk Railway 'is of the utmost importance to all sections of the north, and in order to make the North Auckland Railway League numerically as strong as possible, each local body and each local railway league be invited to send to the- North Auckland Railway League as many subscriptions as possible, each subscription of 10/ entitling it to send one delegate to every meeting 6t the League,"

The vexed question of tbe deviation of the route of the Main Trunk Line, north of Auckland to the west of the Tangiahiia Range was revived, the President, Mr E. Harding, being asked whether he had used his position in order to have this survey effected. A somewhat acrimonious discussion ensued, which was peremptorily stopped by the President, and the ordinary business resumed.

The following resolutions, formulated by Mr E. Harding, were unanimously adopted-. (1) That as the early completion of the Main Trunk Railway north of Auckland to Maungaturoto is unanimously regarded as of the utmost importance, that the Hon.. the Minister of Public Works be respectfully asked to make provision for this line being opened for traffic to that point by the summer of 1910; (2) that the Minister for Public Works be asked to have a further authorisation of the Main Trunk Line north of Auckland immediately made to Hokianga River; (3) that the secretary write to tbe Hon. tile Minister for Public Works that there is a general feeling throughout the lorth that the amount of our resources and the long delay which has prevented their development, justify us in appealing for an increased expenditure, and we would respectfully' urge an annual appropriation of £150,----000 for the-extension of the Main Trunk Railway north of Auckland; (4) that a! copy of these resolutions be sent to the members for Marsden, Eden, Waitemata, Kaipara, and Bay of Islands." |

The president announced that he had reoeived with regret the resignation of the League's acting-secretary, Mr J. Mackie, who has been compelled to retire from the position owing to business pressure. He paid a great tribute to his untiring energy and felt that in Mi Mackie's resignation the League had sustained a loss that woulff be hard to redeem. Mr E. C. Purdie was elected secretary.

A motion by Mr Purdie, "that this League thank the President, Mr E. Harding, most heartily for the able manner in which he carried out the duties appertaining to the Tour of Railway League's party" was carried by acclamation.

Accounts amounting to —22 17/10 were passed for payment, leaving a balance in hand of £4 11/.

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NORTH AUCKLAND RAILWAY. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 74, 27 March 1909

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