Arthur Pass National Park, 1933–34.
Report of Representative.
The operations of the Board controlling this Park have been hampered a good deal during the year owing to want of funds. The revenue accruing from rents, etc., has been too small to meet ordinary expenditure, and there has been a serious drain on the capital sum set aside for the development of the Park when it was established.
Plans have been completed for the formation of an Alpine Garden at Arthur Pass, but these have been held up owing to shortage of funds. It is to be hoped, however, that the project will be advanced during the coming year.
Tracks have been constructed to give access to various points of interest, and to enable the Park to be thoroughly controlled by rangers. As much protection as possible has been given to the native fauna and flora, and the latter will benefit materially as a result of the destruction of deer and chamois which has been carried out by the Department of Internal Affairs at the instigation and with the financial help of the Waimakariri Trust. I should like to give my personal testimony to the thoroughness with which this work has been done by the officers of the Department.
Representative on Board.