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A • SOUTHERNER IMPRESSED. A recent visitor to Auckland (Mr. H. J. Marriner), who has just returned to Chris'tchurch, states he was greatly eased with the optimistic tone in the commercial community of this city. " There is an animated demand in Auckland for land that is being opened up," he said, "buildings are being erected on all sides in the city, the Government is spending much money, and the Railway League is energetic and enthusiastic. The Auckland people are determined to get all their lines through, and the league ie now ask-, ing the Government to place £450,000 on the Estimates for those works. Business men and politicians work hand-in-hand, and all are alive to the necessity for united action. The contrast' between Auckland and Chriatchurch in that respect ie very marked. The results of the different spirit which prevails are demonstrated by the fact that last year the sum of £220,000 was placed on the Estimates for Auckland railways, while our own trunk line was given only £60,000. If the business people of Christchurch showed the same energy in regard to the South Island Trunk line as is shown by the business people of Auckland in regard to thei rrailway extensions, we would havo the line through in a few years. The Auckland Harbour Board, also, is quite alive to tue possibilities. It is leasing a part' of the frontage of the harbour, and is making many alterations and improvements. "I like the way the citizens of Auckland are facing the future," added Mr. Maniner. " They believe in their city, they believe in the surrounding country; and they are determined to push their own interests for all they are worth. . Above everything else, I was delighted with the optimistic tone, which a stranger from the South cannot help noticing." f

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PROSPEROUS AUCKLAND., New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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PROSPEROUS AUCKLAND. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLVIII, Issue 14815, 19 October 1911

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