Thero Is a dispute between the Auckland Harbor Board and the ferry companies. Tho board recently decided that two ferry companies wero paying the hoard for wharf accommodation an amount that did not represont anything like fair interest on the snm expended on the wharves, and resolved to materially increase the charges to the ferry companies. Tho companies replied that they would be obliged to increase tho fares. The North Shore suburbs residents viewed the position with alarm, and made representations to the Harbor Board, but the board declined to alter their attitude on the matter. Tho chairman pointed out that the ferry companies are wealthy, and make large profits; that they now control a great and growing public service, and that if tho board allow them to win on this point tho public will be nt their mercy in this matter in future. Tho chairman further stated that if the position became acute the board would themselves enter into the ferry business, and he has practically challenged Mr E. \V. Allison, a member of the Harbor Board, and one very largely interested in the ferries, to give effect to his threat that ho would secure an alteration in the law by which the board are seeking to control the operations of the ferry comjpaniea.
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Page 8 Advertisements Column 2, Evening Star, Issue 15667, 4 December 1914