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AN INDUSTRY FOR SOLDIERS. In view of the fact that the fishing industry at Kaikoura would be capable of absorbing many returned men' if the harbour facilities were improved, the Canterbury District Repatriation Board decided, last evening, to use its best endeavours to have the desired improvements effected.

The matter was reported upon by Mr F. W. Hobbs on behalf of a special committee. The abundance of fish available was stressed, and it was pointed out that men desiring to enter the industry must be competent to run a motor-boat. The work was heavy and unsuitable for weak men. The whole industry, however, was prejudiced by the lack of a proper harbour, as the moorings had to be made behind the partial protection of a broken reef. A breakwater was necessary. Under the circumstances the eommittee"was of opinion that a copy of its report should be attached to the next application for a boat at Kaikoura which was sent on to Wellington, and that the Ministerial Board should be asked to decide whether it was prepared to accept the risk which arises from lack of proper protective works being provided. Mr E. .T. Howard said that he thought that the board should obtain more definite information and go to the Government with concrete proposals. Apparently an injustice existed at Kaikoura, which should be pushed for returned soldiers. He likened the position to that which existed at the Avonhead settlement—it was a special thing, which would have to be pushed for all it was worth. Mr A. F. Drayton moved that the position should be reported- upon in a comprehensive manner by the board's committee at Kaikoura. This was seconded by Mr ,T. A. Clarke. Mr Hobbs said that the matter had previously been comprehensively reported upon. There had been an agitation in Kaikoura concerning harbour facilities, and, as a consequence, the Government had obtained a report from the Public Works Department. The chairman (Mr A. W. Jamieson) said-that he was going to Wellington and would make representations on the matter in the proper channels.

Mr'Drayton thereupon withdrew his motion.

It was decided that the chairman should refer the matter to the Ministerial Board.

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FISHING AT KAIKOURA., Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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FISHING AT KAIKOURA. Sun, Volume VI, Issue 1746, 18 September 1919

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