25 OCTOBER 1930, Page 20


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

SIR,—You kindly inserted a letter of mine in your issue of August 2nd in which, being on a visit to England, after an absence of twenty-five years, I appealed to friends of New Zealand in this country for help in a scheme to enlarge the Anglican Church building of St. Luke's in Rotorua. This church at present is too small to accommodate the large number of visitors who, in the tourist season, flock to the town from England and elsewhere. My reasons for leaking this appeal were given in full in my former letter, and need not be repeated here. As many of your readers are aware, the thermal region of the Rotorua district is second to none in any part of the world for its wonders, and also for its lake scenery, and as it becomes better known from year to year, the numbers who visit it for pleasure, as well as those who go for treatment to its baths, are continually increasing. The provision for the spiritual needs of these visitors should undoubtedly be increased, but the small resident population has its own problems to face which are by no means slight. It would be a great encouragement and help if some assistance were given to us from outside, by those who value the means of grace for themselves and others. My former appeal met with some response, for which I am very grateful. August was probably not the best month, as doubtless many of your readers were then enjoying their holiday. I am leaving for New Zealand on November 5th, and any further sums towards the enlargement of our church sent to me, care of P. R. Hill, Esq., Charlton Kings, Gloucestershire, before that date, will be most gratefully received.—I am, Sir, &c.,


Archdeacon of Tauranga, N.Z., and