PROSPECTS OF TAURANGA.
WHAT THE RAILWAY WILL DO. The Hon. Geo. Fowlds, Minister for Education, who returned to Auckland this morning, after a tour of various parts of New Zealand, and who has just visited the Thames and Tauranga, was very favourably impressed with some of the* Bay of Plenty country.
"This is the first opportunity I have had of visiting Tauranga," said the Minister, "and, although I have always heard of it as a very pretty place, I had no idea that it was so exceptionally beautiful. I have seen no place in New Zealand so attractive as Tauranga town and neighbourhood. "Within the last year or two there has been a considerable movement of settlers into the district, but its tremendous possibilities are comparatively undeveloped. I had a look from one of the hills in the neighbourhood over To Puke settlement, and was amazed at the extent of really excellent laud that was being opened up in that district. Right on the top of some of the highest hills the quality of the soil as shown by the grass is really excellent, and all that the district requires to give it a push ahead is to be brought into touch with some of the larger centres by railway communication.
"1 feel certain that there is no other part of New Zealand where a railway would open up such large tracts of either really good land or medium land as will be opened up by the East Coast railway frcm Gisborne right through to wherever it joins the Auckland railway system. The exact route of the railway has not been decided, but in any case it must come through some portion of the To Puke and the Tauranga districts."
While the Minister was at Tauranga he was waited on by a deputation iv advocacy of the speedy construction of the railway line.
The posibilities of tbe district referred to by the Minister are fruit fanning, dairying, maize growing, and sheep and cattle grazing.
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