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NEWS OF THE DAY.

Rates for State Houses. The fact that the funds of the Mount Albert Borough Council had benefited to the extent of £5123 from rates paid on State houses was mentioned by the town clerk at a meeting of the council last evening. As many more houses were being erected in the borough it was anticipated that the revenue from this source next year would be considerably higher. Of the general rates levied for the year, £67.703. 8o per cent had been collected, compared with 50.7 per cent for the same period last year.

Cement Spray. Flakes of grey cement fell in a soft snow-like shower from near the roof of a city building this morning and gently coated the footpath. More than one passer-by, seeing no warning sign, walked into the shower on his way past. Dark suits changed in an instant into a sort of mottled grey. One wearer of navy blue was amazed to find his coat end trousers suddenly freckled with numberless grey spots. Workmen renovating the wall of the buikling were evidently responsible. They seemed, blithely unconscious of the fact that they were, with line impartiality, spraying the* footpath, passers-by and cars parked in the vicinity. Happily the dust proved to be eaeilv removable with a stiff brush.

New Reservoir for Northcote. Intimation that the Local Government Loans Board had sanctioned the proposal to borrow £4500 for waterworks extensions, subject to a poll of the .ratepayers, was read at the meeting of tile Xttfthcote Borough Council last night. The loan ie required for constructing an additional reservoir of 230,000 gallons capacity, laying a Gin water main in Onewa Road, cement lining water mains for the full length of Raleigh Road, and the provision of a gas chlorinator. The annual interest is to be 3$ per cent, with 2 per cent sinking fund, for a period of 30 years, the 'security being a special rate of one-third of a penny in the £ on the unimproved value over the whole borough. The Mayor, Mr. R. Martin, said the works were urgently necessary, and, on his motion, the poll was fixed for' Wednesday, March 29, at the Borough Chambers.

Pile-driver for Whenuapal A bijr pile-driver for driving the Jsoft reinforced concrete piles, which will support the new hanpars shortly to be built at the Whenuapai aerodrome, near Hoteonville, will be completed this week on the eastern reclamation. Painted a brijrllt red, the heavy structure is in full view from the Auckland waterfront road. ■ It will have a frame <>f Oregon and kauri, Strengthened and held together by large plates of ironwork. The total weight will be about 10 tons, the heifrht fi")ft. the width at the base 24ft. and the depth iiift. When finished it will be dismantled in sections for transport on a trailer to the aerodrome site, probably toward-, the end of this week. When in nfie, the piledriver will be mounted on wheels, and will be operated by a 50 h.p. electric motor. Altogether 312 piles will be driven, for the twi hangars, each pile being 16 square inches and .having a weight of from six to seven tons.

Wrong Tickets. February, shortest month of the year, is over—a fact that apparently escaped the notice of several Auckland secondary school boys this morning. On one city-bound tramcar two proffered their monthly concession tickets, only to be informed that it was March 1. One of them was heard protesting that "it was only the 29th." arid corroborative evidence had to be produced before both reluctantly reached for their pockets and paid the ordinary fare.

The "Squarking" Parrot. "Mrs. So-and-so has a parrot, which is an annoyance when it 'squarks,' but then the poor bird has to do that sometimes, the same ae a dog has to bark sometimes." stated a letter read at the Papakura Borough Council meeting from a female resident, who lives in the centre of the town, and emphatically denied that her dog was a nuisance to neighbours by its barking. She had. she wrote, consulted all her neighbours, and they, with the exception of Mrs. So-and-so, answered in the negative. The writer concluded by saying phe trusted Mrs. So-and-so would cease worrying the council about her dog and two pups, '"because if she does not I shall insist on her parrot being banished." New Crane Erected. The prominence gained ill the eyes of the public by the huge erailfc working on the State building in Jean Batten Place has aroused interest in cranes in general. So it is that lunch,hour strollers have been taking ail almost professional cognisance of the erection of- a new crane at the corner of Vulcan Lane and Queen Street, where a building has recently been demolished. This crane is not nearly so impressive in size as the one in Jean Batten Place, but it gives an impression of sleek strength, and iln delicate shade of orange, makes it more attractive as an object of art. Its future operations, together with those of the powerful-looking steam engine which has also been installed on the site, are sure to be watched with kindlv interest.

Morrinsville Rate Collection. A record percentage of Ofi.On of current rates collected is reported by the town clerk of Morrinsville, Mr. A. G-. "strahan, reports the "Star's" local correspondent. The 10 per cent penalty on unpaid rates was imposed last week, and only 18 ratepayers then had rates outstanding. Tn ID.'jS the Morrinsville Borough Council collected 90.71 per cent of current rates, and in li>. - i7 it collected 9.">.."> per cent. Kates collectable for the current year totalled £8248, of which £7">Bfl has been collected, and £332 given by way of rebate on rates paid within one month of demand. Of the total of £32<> outstanding £122 is owing by the State Advances Department and the State Housing Department.

Water Short at Beaches. The long spell of line weather has resulted iu a shortage of water at many beach cottages around the harbour. There has been a demand for accommodation within easy reach of the city during February, but as there has been no rain since early in the month those residences relying on tank water have been exercising rigid economies during the past few days. In some cases supplies have been exhausted, and beach dwellers have had to resort to the laborious task of carrying water from their more fortunately-placed neighbours. The situation recalls the serious conditions that existed at some of the beaches on the Thames coast recently, when water was being sold by the kerosene tinful. Letter Washed Ashore.

In a sealed bottle, a stamped letter addressed to an Auckland resident was found on the foreshore of Kawau Island this week. Promptly posted by the finder, it reached its destination in Long Drive. Kohimarama. .yesterday. The letter had been written by -i passenger on the Aorangi after leaving Auckland on Tuesday of last week for Canada and England, and was addressed to his mother. A radio message received in Auckland several hours after the vessel's departure stated that it had been thrown overboard after passing Great Barrier Tsland, and a pencilled note stated that when found it was washed up at the high water mark in Tiosannuet Bay, Kawau. The delighted mother informed her son by radio message yesterday that the letter had been duly delivered. Demand for Private Garages. Among Auckland motorists there exists a large unsatisfied demand for garages in all parts of the city and suburbs, and according to proprietors of city parking stations, owners of garages temporarily unused find no difficulty in letting them for from 2/li to 3/ a week. For several years, it fe stated, there has been a surplus of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of motor cars in this city alone, for which ihe owners have rio garage space. Only occasionally is a landlord willing to build a garage for the convenience of a tenant who owns a car. so in all suburbs dozens of cars are nightly parked under the sky. either on private drives or lawns, or near the kerb outside the gate. Occasionally the traffic authorities' have made a round up of cars left on the streets all night in contravention of the by-laws, hut wiiile this penalises trie offenders it i« not a remedy. "There are twice ai* many cars on the roads to-day as there were six years ago," said the manager of a parking station, "and that is the real cause of the difficulty."'

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NEWS OF THE DAY., Auckland Star, Volume LXX, Issue 50, 1 March 1939

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NEWS OF THE DAY. Auckland Star, Volume LXX, Issue 50, 1 March 1939

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