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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 6 (October 1, 1929)

The Right Sort of Settler

The Right Sort of Settler.

We hear now and again from an immigrant who has been unable to make a living in New Zealand. But there are others. Here is a self-reliant, competent example of an English family. They came out to the Dominion six years ago, the husband and wife and two sons. The head of the family is a skilled artisan, and he obtained work right away and kept it. The family leased a small farm at Horokiwi, near Wellington, and pegged steadily away, milking cows and keeping poultry and so on. Lately they were able to buy a dairy farm of two hundred acres when it was offered at a bargain price. The wife and mother in telling the story of the family's struggles and success, declared that “New Zealand is the best country I have ever been in, in which to make money. We are much more comfortably off than we could ever have been had we remained in England.”

And yet the family had had no previous experience of country life. But all four, and especially the plucky woman, had determination and industry, and no doubt mutual confidence and a hopeful vision of the future helped them to find their feet in the new land.