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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Mr. Rees a Strong Outer Harborite

Mr. Rees a Strong Outer Harborite

From the first Mr. Rees strongly advocated the construction of an outer harbor. One of the prime movers in getting Sir John Coode and other eminent marine engineers to visit Gisborne and report, he was eager to see the plan on which they were practically unanimous—a breakwater on the reef running out from Kaiti—adopted and put in hand. He appealed to the public by letters in the page 140 newspapers, occasionally by leading articles, by private letters and conversation, and at all gatherings. Backed by a few sympathetic enthusiasts, he would engage a hall, advertise a meeting, and try and make his audience see the vision before his eyes, of Gisborne not many years later with cargo ships lying at her wharves, prosperous exceedingly—the fifth city in New Zealand.