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Life in Early Poverty Bay

Start of the Road Board

Start of the Road Board.

The first Road Board for the district, it seems, was formed in 1879. To consider the project a meeting was held in Mr Hills' house and the first meeting of the body took place II. August of that year at Mr Bee's house. The members were; Mr L. Sunderland (chairman,) and Messrs Hills. Bee, McKenzie and Burgess. Mr Bilham was the secretary. At that time there were no roads at all in the district. The Board did a lot of excellent work in the way of formation and drainage and a halfpenny rate was all that required to be exacted, when the subsidy was taken into consideration. As showing the state of the rcads in winter, it was mentioned that Mr Carron used to leave Patutahi with his bullock waggon on a Monday morning and he would not get back from Gisborne before the Saturday night. Along what is now the road past the Domain Mr. Bee had a four-wheeler come to grief, with the result that it could not be rescued for four months.

Mrs. J. E. Hills, of Patutahi.

Mrs. J. E. Hills, of Patutahi.