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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 14, Issue 3 (June 1, 1939)

“Ungenerous Publicity”

“Ungenerous Publicity”

Under the above heading “The New Zealander,” of 8th May, 1939, makes the following comment:

“When a country has a great and, admittedly, a most efficient public service, criticism ought never to be given except in kindly and helpful advice or suggestion.

The New Zealand Railways are a national service, of which every citizen may very well be proud. It is characterised in every department and in every branch of service by efficiency, carefulness and courtesy…. The General Manager, Mr. G. H. Mackley, has infused into the Railways a spirit of service and politeness which pleases New Zealand people…. Quite recently an official, whose position should be a guarantee of carefulness, especially when he takes to public utterance, was
(D. Apperley, photo.) Mt. Mannering from the Classen Glacier, South Island.

(D. Apperley, photo.)
Mt. Mannering from the Classen Glacier, South Island.

shown, in an authoritative statement which appeared in the Press, to be ‘all out’ in all he said. It is regrettable that in our democracy men are so often found who are ready to rush heedlessly into print without realising their responsibility, and without showing due concern for the office they hold.

However, the manly and clear authoritative statement referred to above made everything right, and entrenched ‘The Railways’ deeper in the confidence and affections of the New Zealand public than they were before.

New Zealand should feel both pleased and proud that there stands one as General Manager at the wheel whose knowledge, care and efficiency are such that the country is served so well, and the services rendered are on a standard which are equal to any in the British Empire.”

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