Early in this year the committee brought before the Council of the Institute proposals for the establishment of the hatchery, and that body voted the sum of £250 towards it on the following conditions: (1) That the Otago Acclimatisation Society vote a similar sum; (2) that the Go-
vernment grant a sum of £500 towards it, and undertake to carry on the station for a term of, say, ten years. The matter was similarly laid before the Otago Acclimatisation Society, and that body also voted the sum of £250 on the same conditions.
The matter was then put in the hands of the Hon. W. M. Bolt, M.L.C., and Mr. J. A. Millar, M.H.R., to lay before the Government. Meanwhile your committee, together with Mr. G. M. Barr, C.E., visited Purakanui and marked off the piece of channel which it was desirable to secure, and it was suggested to our representatives in Parliament that this ground be reserved. The area indicated is a strip of about 6 acres, extending along the east side of the inlet from the outer side of Hill Street (Purakanui Township) to a line in continuation of that separating Sections 10 and 11, Block III., and reaching from high-water mark a distance of 2 chains into the channel. It was further suggested that the reserve and all buildings to be erected on it be vested in a Board of six members, two to be nominated by the Governor, two by the Council of the Otago Institute, and two by the Council of the Otago Acclimatisation Society.
This is the stage to which the matter has now been carried by your Committee.