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The chairman (Mr. W. G. Lodder) presided at last evening's meeting of the Petone and Lower Hutt Gas Lighting Board.. The works manager (Mr. C. Shaw), in his report for November, stated that the gas manufactured was 9,176,000 cubic feet, which was a decrease of 387,000 cubic feet as compared with November of last year and a decrease of 107,000 cubic feet as compared with October of this year. The average make per ton was 15,553 cubic feet. The secretary (Mr. O. Silbery) reported that during November 13 new services, 13 new cookers, 2 builders' cookers, 3 coppers, 4 caliphonts, 1 gas fire, 2 hotplates, and 26 new meters were installed. The number of cookers renewed was 12. The work on the new high-pressure main was proceeding satisfactorily, and he anticipated having the work completed before Christmas. The new governor had arrived, and the necessary box for housing it was ready. A letter was received from the Petone Central Lawn Tennis Club drawing attention to the smoke nuisance, which had been very bad during the weekends. At times dense cloud;; of smoke covered the courts. It was understood that an arrangement had been made whereby this would be eliminated by the use of coke instead of coal. • The secretary said he had replied that the works manager had assured him that every effort was being made to abate the nuisance. During the last two weekends the smoke had been caused through prevailing winds blowing smoke from the retort houses, not the chimney, across the courts. This could not be avoided, but instructions had been issued to the works that no coal was to be used under the boilers during the weekends. A grant of £5 was made towards the funds of the Free Ambulance. Reporting on the visit of Mr. A. Greville Walker, the board's consulting engineer, to Wellington, the chairman said that Mr. Walker had stated that it would be a good thing if some members of the board could inspect the chamber oven plant installed at Auckland. Mr. Lodder moved that Messrs. E. T. E. Hogg and C. J. Ashton should visit Auckland, if members would accept their opinion when they returned. The works manager (Mr. C. Shaw) would be in Auckland about January 10 or 12, and Mr. Hogg could go to Auckland from Rotorua. One of the advantages of Lowe's plant was that the bulk of it was constructed in New Zealand, whereas exchange would have to be paid on other plant. The motion was carried without dissent.

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PETONE-HUTT GAS BOARD, Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 147, 18 December 1935

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PETONE-HUTT GAS BOARD Evening Post, Volume CXX, Issue 147, 18 December 1935