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A meeting or conference of the local bodies who have to maintain the Tunaki bridge near Panmure, was held at the bridge on Wednesday, March 31st, to consider the best means of getting present bridge repaired, or getting a new <bridge, when there were present: Messrs. Thomas, Gill, Fitspatriek, and MiUen (Ptikuranga. Road Board, the controlling body), Messrs. Speechley, Gill and Somerville (Paparoa Road Board), Messrs. Mc Inness and Gill (Howick Township Road Board), Mr. T. Ellison (East Tamaki Road Board), Messrs. Massey, Taylor, Wright, Wyllie, and Captain Caulton (Tamaki West Road Board), Messrs. Thompson, Gollan, Kay and Wood (Mount Wellington Road Board), Mt. Donnelly (Panmure Township Road Board), and Messrs. Wilkinson and Peek (Ellerslie Town Board), Messrs. C. and A. Roberts, and G. and G. J. Udy. Messrs. F. W. Lang and F. Lawry, M.P.'e, were also present. Messrs. Lang and Lawry, and several of the chairmen and member* went in a boat under the bridge, which is about 500 ft. in length, and has been erected about 44 years. After inspecting the bridge they adjourned to the Panmure Hotel, when Mr. Thomas (chairman of the Pakuranga Road Board), was elected chairman; and lie explained why they had called the meeting, and expressed his pleasure at co many being present. It was proposed by Mr. Thompson and seconded by Captain Caulton, "That Messrs. Lang and Lawry be requested to get the Government to send an engineer to examine the bridge and give an estimate of repairing the present one, and of erecting a new bridge." This was carried unanimously. Both Messrs. Lang and Lawry promised to do all they could in the matter, and Mr. W. F. Massey, M.P., in his telegram stated he was not able to be present, but would assist all he oouldjg) An apology was received from the Tauranga Road Board, of any of the members not being able to attend. It wag proposed by Captain Caulton seconded by Mr. Wilkinson: " That as soon as the report -is received from the Government, another meeting be called to consider it." Thanks were accorded to Messrs Lang and Lawry for their attendance, and to the chairman for presiding. One of those present stated that he would give £500 or more if a solid wall could be erected, with a lock in it to allow vessels to go up and down.

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TAMAKI BRIDGE CONFERENCE., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 79, 2 April 1909

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TAMAKI BRIDGE CONFERENCE. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 79, 2 April 1909

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