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RAGLAN HEALTH RESORT.

MINISTER'S FIRST VISIT. FURTHER VIEW Opportunity was taken by the Raglan Town Board on Saturday to extend an official welcome to the Minister of Health, Hon. J. A. Young, on his first visit since his appointment to the Ministry and to congratulate him on his decision to spend a week's vacation in Raglan. In welcoming the Minister, the chairman of the board, Mr, T. Parker, said it was of more than ordinary importance to the town that the Minister of Health should have elected to spend a holiday recruiting his health in Raglan. Speaking of the board's efforts to improve its attractions, Mr, Parker said the metalling of. the road had certainly made Raglan more easily accessible for visitors, but it had also diverted business to Hamilton, though he hastened to add that the relations between the two towns" were most friendly. The board had under consideration. the possibility of generating electricity by water-power in neighbouring streams; it sought the Government's assistance in reserving an additional area of Karioi Mountain for water conservation, and was also giving attention to the need for better, sanitation in the town.

Mr, Thompson asked the Minister: for some assistance to complete the metalling of the Te Akau Road, giving access to deep water for settlers on the northern shore of the harbour, Messrs. J. S, Mills, A. L. Peglar and V. E. Peglar also joined in welcoming the Minister.

' Mr. Young thanked the Aboard for - its welcome and said he had been greatly benefited by his stay, during which he had enjoyed the sunshine and fresh breezes, proved the facilities for bathing and tested the pleasures of sea-fishing. Judging from his own experience, be could give Raglan a first-class testimonial as a health resort. In this connection, Mr. Young- mentioned the ferro-concrete bridge over the Opotoru stream which, by giving access to a magnificent bathing beach, was a splendid investment for the town.

The Minister expressed sympathy with the chairman's remarks regarding the effect of improving the road communication with Hamilton, but observed that any disadvantages were more than compensated by the benefits derived from the greater number of visitors, many of whom would erect seaside, cottages now that convenient access had been assured. He was pleased to learn that the output from the local butter factory had materially increased, for that was the true index of tho progress of the.district, and with expanding prosperity the town would be better equipped to deal with the various problems mentioned by the board. At present it should recognise that water and sewerage systems, however desirable, were beyond its resources, and that was also probably the case in regard to its electricity proposals unless it could secure the co-operation of the rural districts. He offered the assistance of his departmental officers in the board's efforts to improve existing conditions and undertook to confer with the member for the district, Hon. R, F. Bollard, regarding tho question of reserving an area of the Karioi Mountain and the metalling of the Te Akau Road.

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RAGLAN HEALTH RESORT., New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19526, 4 January 1927

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RAGLAN HEALTH RESORT. New Zealand Herald, Volume LXIV, Issue 19526, 4 January 1927

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