who will elect their own number, a President, a Vice-President and a Treasurer. The Managers to make their own bye-laws, which must be confirmed by the contributors”.
The following, taken from a “Circular from G.S. Cooper, Colonial Secretary’s Office, Wellington”, dated Feb. 14th 1878 is worthy of inclusion. “The Government, on taking office, found that the Hospital &Charitable Aid Institutions throughout the Colony were being managed on no fixed principal or system, and that it was absolutely necessary to place them on a more satisfactory footing. Up to the end of December (1877), and till the new Financial Arrangements Bill took effect, it was impossible to change the existing state of things, but from that date the principle the Government have endeavoured to bring into operation is one at once comprehensive, uniform and practical. In the larger towns, the Government have hitherto maintained a most unsatisfactory control, and aid the expenditure – recovering it however from the Borough subsidies.
In outlying localities (and at Hokitika), a grant-in-aid, differing in some instances, but commonly 20/- for 20/- subscription, has been given, the local body taking charge as a hospital committee.
It is proposed for the future whereever possible to place the hospitals of the larger towns under the direct control of the municipalities, and to subsidise them to the extent of 20/- for every 20/- subscription; band as the remaining cost would fall on the borough funds, to make no deductions whatever from the subsidies.
In the outlying hospitals, although it is desirable an elected body should have control and management of the hospital, still where a committee exists, the Government will continue the grant-to-aid equal to the voluntary subscription and make no charge on the subsidies whatever…
Reverting to an earlier date (Jan 6th 1877) an advertisement in the local press reads:-
“Hawkes Bay Hospital”
Committee: – His Worship the Mayor (Mr. Robt. Stuart), J.G. Kinross, Capt. A. Newman, J.W [N?]. Williams, J.D. Canning, Col. C. Lambert, J. Anderson, J. Joshua, T.K. Newton, G.E. Lee, M.R. Miller, H. Cable, and J.A. Smith (as Hon. Secy).
A recent Act of the General Assembly having granted 3½ acres of land adjoining the Immigration Barracks as the site for a new Hospital in Napier, which is much required, there being want of space on the present ground, the Inhabitants of Hawke’s Bay are requested by the Committee to subscribe to so desirable an object.
The Maoris of Hawke’s Bay are particularly invited to join in this movement, which applies to all alike, and it is hoped that it may lead to increased friendly feeling between the two races. The Maoris are requested to give land instead of money, as it will perpetuate their names in the future, and show posterity how the aboriginal natives in the Country and the European settlers progressed together.
It is proposed that any person giving £100 or more in money or an equivalant [equivalent] in land shall become a Life-Governor,