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Waitaki River islands

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One of the three ambulances presented to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force by the Red Cross and the people of Otago and Southland. - Otago Witness, 12.9.1917.

There are a number of islands in the Waitaki River, which stream forms the boundary between Otago and Canterbury. These islands comprise a fair quantity of grazing lots, which have been under the control of committees of settlers.

There has been some discussion lately with regard to the advisability of the Land Board taking the control of these lands from the committees and having them offered under lease for disposal by tender.

The settlers who hold the leases in the Otago district resent interference under existing conditions, holding that, if the land is disposed of by public competition, large landowners on the Canterbury side will outbid the Otago farmers, thereby inflicting hardship on the........

© Otago Daily Times