NEWS OF THE DAY
"Matric." Examination. Candidates are at present sitting the matriculation examination, which completes the examinations conducted annually by the University of New Zealand. A start with the first papers in this examination was made on Thursday last, and it will not be completed until December 12. The Wellington candidates are sitting in the Winter Show Building, John Street. Mail for Chathams. The last mail to the Chatham Islands before Christmas will leave this week. The steamer Tees, which is due at Lyttelton tomorrow from Pitt Island, will sail from there again on Wednesday for Waitangi, Owenga, and Kaingaroa. Fhe will return to Lyttelton and lay up over Christmas and the New Year. First Aid for a Kiwi. First aid to a kiwi was recently given by the Egmont National Park Board's ranger, Mr. N. P. Gibson. In his report to the board he stated that a kiwi was found with a broken leg. He successfully splinted the limb, and in three weeks the bird was able to roam around the room where it was kept. After six weeks it was released back into the reserve. ■ The bird then had only a slight limp. Chinese in the East Indies. "Most of the domestic trade in the Dutch East Indies is in the hands of the Chinese," stated Dr. W. F. Gisolf, who is visiting Dunedin on furlough, in an interview with an "Otago Daily Times" representative. "There is a number of native traders, but they are in a small way, and their dealings are only with the native population." The Chinese were treated on terms of equality, he said, but intermarriage between the races was rather exceptional. In response to a question, Dr. Gisolf said that the Japanese were not numerous in the Dutch colonies, and their influence was not great. Yachtsmen Caught in Kain. Many Wellington yachtsmen received j a ducking yesterday when they were caught in the rainstorm during the early afternoon. The rain was followed by several hours of flat calm | and several boats were left helpless in the harbour. One Idle Along made a laborious way home with one of the crew sitting across the bow and wielding a small paddle. Three others accepted a welcome tow from a motorlaunch. Agreements in Conciliation Council. "One of the redeeming features of the proceedings in Conciliation Council," said Mr. S. Ritchie, the Conciliation Commissioner, at Christchurch on Friday, "is that parties to a dispute seldom go away having got what they wanted. If they are completely satisfied," he said, "then there is no incentive for them to strive again." Mr. Ritchie was replying to a vote of thanks for the able way in which he had conducted proceedings in the dispute between the Christchurch Firej Board and its employees, and was referring to the importance of bo*h parties in an industrial dispute coming to the council table intent on securing a settlement if a workable compromise was ever to be made. New Electricity Station. The new hydro-electric station to supplement the supply from Waitaki and Lake Coleridge will be in operation in the winter of 1941, states the "Press." Situated on the bank of the Rakaia River, six miles from Methven, the new station will be known as the Highbank station. Because of the necessity for an augmentation of power supply from Canterbury, the construction of the huge irrigation canal across ■ the plains from the Rangitata River j to the Rakaia is being expedited and the work will now be completed a year ahead of the original schedule. Although only preliminary plans have been prepared so far, the new power station will be constructed to synchronise with the completion of the irrigation diversion race in July, 1940. No j problems of engineering are ahead in | the development of the station, which, with a fall of water of 330 feet, will develop 30,000 h.p, or 22,500 kilowatts. Highbank will probably have one unit. The capacity of the units now installed at Waitaki is 15,000 kilowatts each. When the diversion of the Rangitata River was planned and begun, its purpose was to provide water for irrigation. The utilisation of the water in winter time for the development of electricity was then proposed. When the race is completed, the Rangitata's flow will be diverted throughout the year. In the summer, races will draw off water required for the irrigation ot 210,000 acres of land. In the winter the race gates will be closed and the whole winter flow of the Rangitata will be turned into the diversion canal, along which it will move for 42 miles before discharging down the steep terrace through the turbine in the powerhouse and out into the Rakaia.