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The Prime Minister yesterday officially opened tlie Lake Coleridge hyclrooleetrio works. Mr Massev said this was the first time that the State had undertaken anything in the way of generating electrical energy. The matter was beyond the experimental stage even in Xew Zealand, for local bodies and some business firms had gone in successfully for hydro-electric plants. Thu Lake Coleridge scheme had been introduced during the time when the Hon. R. M'Konzio was Minister of Public Works. Personally, lie did not want to claim undue credit with regard to it, but he could say that the present Government fully recognised the value of hydro-electric schemes, and did not mean to lag behind in such an important matter. " De.mands and inquiries are already being received from the North Island,” said Mr Masscv. “ and the Government have two Bills under consideration designed expressly for the purpose of furthering the interests of this undertaking. One Bill is designed to enable a responsible department to conduct the undertaking strictly on business lines; the other Bill is designed to assist local authorities in financing and raising money for the necessary reticulation. The policy of the Government has been to develop one scheme first, in order to test its applicability to the conditions as they exist in New Zealand, and for this purpose Canterbury was selected as being in sundry respects the most favorably situated for the purpose. Having now satisfied ourselves that this scheme is going to be a success, we shall next turn our attenfion to the North Island, where the department has been considering the development on a largo scale, which will put electricity within tho reach of all settled districts in tho North Island, and render it available to all power-users, and particularly with a view fq. developing industries and running light agricultural railways.”

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LAKE COLERIDGE SCHEME, Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914

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LAKE COLERIDGE SCHEME Evening Star, Issue 15660, 26 November 1914