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SILTING AT WESTPORT P.A. WELLINGTON, this day. The present conditions at Westport were one of the best arguments against State control, said the Hon. W. A. Mclntyre (Nelson) in the Legislative Council yesterday afternoon. When the Westport Harbour Board had control vessels of up to 6000 or 7000 tons could enter the port, but, because dredging had not been kept up sufficiently under State management a boat of 1000 tons could not get in at the present time.

The Union Steam Ship Company was partly to blame, Mr. Mclntyre contended, because it had concentrated on colliers to bring coal from Newcastle and did noUhave suitable boats for coastal work. In the past there had been sufficient boats to enable consumers to build up a reserve, but now if a boat was held up for a week the shortage was felt. Westport had been the third port in New Zealand and although the bar was not always passable in heavy seas, only 30 days a year were lost. At present 90 days were lost and that made all the difference.

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STATE CONTROL BLAMED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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STATE CONTROL BLAMED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 171, 21 July 1945

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