KING GEORGE HOSPITAL.
USE OF ALU PUKEROA HILL NEW SPORTS GROUND FOUND [Bt lELEQBAPH.-OWN COBEBSPONDENT.] EOTOBUA. Wednesday. The Minister in Charge of Tourist Reeorts, the Hon.' W. D. •S. Maoponald, inspected the King Georgo V. Hospital and tlie surrounding buildings on Pukeroa Hill Rotorua, yesterday., He stated afterwards that it was evident that much more accommodation would be needed than, was anticipated when the hospital wo* established. .Especially was this the case with regard to the proposed orthopedic work, while the number of wounded soldiers coming to Rotorua for treatment would keep on increasing until the end of the war. After due consideration it had been decided that the interests of all concerned would be best served by handing over the control of the Pukeroa Domain to the Defence Department, so as to obviate the necessity of reference to the Tourist Department every time the Defence authorities wished to erect a building. The Minister, thought that it would be admitted that the first consideration which should appeal to the Government was the welfare of the invalided soldiers. Therefore, in view of the largo numbers of these men coming to Rotorua for treatment, it had been deemed .advisable to allow the Defence Department to make use of the football- ground, or any other part of the reserve which it might require, for the erection of hospital wards or other build,ings that might bo necessary. To compensate the football and hookey players for the use of their playing ground, it had been decided to put the ground on tho Marino Parade, adjoining the lake, into proper order for playing, and to enclose it with a high, close fence. • He had given instructions for this work to be put in hand at once.
DEPUTATION IN WELLINGTON. BUILDINGS MUST GO ON. [by telegraph.—press association.] WELLINGTON. Wednesday. A deputation, consisting of Mr. C P. Skerrett, chairman of the New Zealand Sports Protection Association, and Mr. R. w.' Sli&iitiCS a s, secretary, waited on the Minister for '"Defence to-day in regard to the Government's Intention to erect buildings in connection with the King George V. Hospital for returned soldiers at Kotorua on the football area of the Pukeroa Reserve. The deputation said there was a deal of sentiment attached to the place by the people of Rotorua, who stated that there were ample sites for such buildings in the reserve without encroaching on the playing area. The association, it was stated, acted on the principle that such reserves should not be interfered with unless there was some substantial and compelling reason. Sir James Allen said his advisory officers had informed him that such reasons did exist for the selection of the site on the playing area of the reserve. He promised, however, that money _ would be allocated for providing and laying-out suitable groundV-elsewhere.