WEEK 18, 27 NOVEMBER TO 3 DECEMBER 1867
The weather has been vile and as the wind has been ‘‘dead muzzler’’ there is quite a fleet of small craft lying in the Kauaeranga.
Mining operations have been retarded for days by the weather.
George Graham returns from the Upper Thames.
Hopes are dashed once again as Te Hira refuses to open the area. It is felt that if the Government would abstain from meddling and muddling, the old settlers would make progress.
The crier of Shortland Town calls a meeting of businessmen at Captain Butt’s hotel to discuss improvements to the town.
Charles Mitchell states that a great want is felt by the business community through the town not yet having been declared a point of entry.
Dutiable goods have to be paid for before leaving Auckland and then stocks lie in the streets in Shortland often for six weeks before sales are made.
Captain Butt says a matter for consideration is the prevention of fire.