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N.Z. OUTLOOK

"TOO SELF-SATISFIED"

EX-OFFICER'S IMPRESSIONS

"We in New Zealand are a little bit too self-satisfied and we consider that New Zealand is the little wonder of this world."

Stating he had formed this impression as a result of his experiences during five years' service in the R.A.F. in the United Kingdom India and Burma in the present war D* Garfield Stewart, of Takapuna, in an address to the Auckland CreditnW'* Club to-day, stressed the need for "some stocktaking." He said he felt we New Zealanders might be over-

Because of the magic words "New Zealand people abroad were inclined to spoil those from the Dominion bv doing too much for them, while New Zealanders had developed a superiority complex where there was no cause for satisfaction, especially in regard to shortcomings in the development of hydro-electrical schemes and the coal situation.

It had been said that the greatest of all art was the art of omission, the doctor continued. If it were possible to cultivate that art, New Zealand members of Parliament might be induced to get away from bickering, as had been heard in the Address-in-Reply debate, and concentrate »on fundamentals, and the country would be in a better position, he contended.

No country was in a better position in regard to rivers for the development of electric power, yet the position had arisen where industry and public utilities were being starved for electricity. Had Seddon lived he would have signed a contract for the development of power early this century, which would'have given the country all it required for many years.

Dr. Garfield Stewart, who was a wing-commander in the R.A.F., had, when in the force, the distinction of being one of the very few medical officers entitled to wear wings. These he gained while flying during World "War 1., when he also won the Military Cross.

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N.Z. OUTLOOK, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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N.Z. OUTLOOK Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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