TO THE EDITOR. Sir,— So the Triangle is not wanted as a “ lung ” for the City, and should be leased. Well, sir, this property was originally a part of the Harbor Board endowment, on the security of which money was borrowed on mortgage bond. In 1879 the Government, with a total disregard to what I call honesty (some may only call it a subterfuge), took that land under the Public Works Act “ for railway purposes,” when at the same time it was decided to shift the railway back to its present site. That ground was not wanted for railway purposes, and was therefore obtained under false pretences. In 1885, under the Special Powers (to hide shady transactions and political bribery and corruption) legislation, it was declared set aside for public recreation, afterwards vested in the Corporation as trustees for such purpose, and now another step in the development is proposed —that the Corporation should lease it and supplement their revenues. If the Harbor Board was only true to its trust and to its bondholders, the subterfuge by which that ground was “ taken for railway purposes” should have been a subject both for the Supreme Court and for Parliament long before this. If advisable “ to be leased ” then the revenue has a right to go to the Harbor Board, and would help to lessen our port dues and charges. I hope our farmers, who have now to pay export dues, will see that no such wrong as has been done will be repeated nor any longer permitted. Have the Board’s bondholders no say in this matter ?—I am, etc., Diogenes, Dunedin, May 18.
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RAILWAY TRIANGLE., Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
RAILWAY TRIANGLE. Evening Star, Issue 7910, 18 May 1889
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