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NOTES ON NEW ZEALAND.

though not of great extent at present, and is situated in a very rich and fertile district. Until Messrs Nelson and Brothers opened their celebrated freezing factory in this town the demand for sheep was so small and the supply of these animals so plentiful that, it is said, the early settlers, in laying down their orchards, planted the carcass of a sheep under each tree for purposes of manure.

This district in common with the greater part of the North Island is largely inhabited by the Maori natives.

Leaving Napier we pass Terakako Peninsula, and are out of Hawke's Bay.