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No. 6 (Royal Tour)
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TRACTOR ACCIDENTS

DON'T DO THIS—We owe this picture to the Maori Farmers' Club at Ruatoki. It was Te Ao Hou's photographer who put the child on the tractor seat; the progressive farmers of this club would not have dreamt of doing so.
Photo: J. Ashton

He korero whakatupato na Te Honore K. J. Holyoake Minita mo nga mahi Ahu Whenua nga aitua maha kei te pa ki nga tamariki e tukua ana ki a eke i runga tarakita (tractor). I puta i roto i te Journal of Agriculture i te Maehe i mahue ake nei.

Tino ohorere taku ngakau i taku kitenga i roto i te nupepa i waenganui i te Kirihimete me te Nu Ia, i mahue ake nei i nga aitua ohorere i pa kino ki nga tamariki e rua i taka ki muri o nga tarakita a tamia ana e nga mihini e toia ana e nga tarakita, a i mate hemo rawa aua tamariki. Na enei aitua e rua ka tae te kaute o nga tamariki i mate i tenei ahua i te tau 1952 ki te 8. Ko nga pakeke i mate i te tarakita 18.

No reira e tika ana me ata whiriwhiri nga ahuatanga i pa mai ai enei aitua.

Tera te tamaiti 13 nga tau e eke ana i muri o te tarakita e to ana i te moua (mower) ka mau te owakoti (overcoat) i te wiira whakahuri i te moua ka whiua te tamaiti nei ki mua tonu o te moua ka tukia mate rawa.

He tamaiti e 3 ¼ nga tau i taka i runga i te tarakita e to ana i te roora tekau tana te toimaha. Ka tamia e te roora mate rawa.

He tamaiti e 2 nga tau i piki ki runga i te tarakita e tu noaiho ana ka taka ki muri ka rere whakamuri te tarakita ka riro te tamaiti nei ki raro i tetahi o nga wiira o muri kitea noatia ake kua mate.

He tarakita e mahia ana nga waahi mate ka paheke i runga i nga tiaki whakatarewa ka taka ki runga i te tamaiti 22 nga marama te kaumatua kitea noatia ake kua mate.

He kotiro e 5 nga tau (ko tetahi o nga tamariki e wha i runga i te tarakita) i taka ki mua o te moua ka whara mate rawa.

He tamaiti e 9 nga tau i taka ki mua o te peira (baler) ka tamia e te wiira ka mate.

 

A serious personal warning to parents was sounded recently by the Minister of Agriculture, the Hon. K. J. Holyoake, to protect their children from tractor accidents. In a statement published in the Journal of Agriculture he said:

I was deeply shocked to read in the newspapers on two consecutive days between last Christmas and the New Year of the tragic deaths of two children who fell off farm tractors and were killed by the machines drawn by the tractors. These two sad happenings brought the number of farm children killed in 1952 by tractors, their associated implements, or both, to the distressing total of eight—nearly one-third of the record total of 26 persons killed by farm tractors last year.

Let us consider the facts of these sad fatalities. A boy 13 years old was riding on a tractormounted mower when his overcoat became caught in the unprotected power take-off shaft, and he was pulled under the mower and killed. A boy 3 ¼ years old fell off a tractor on which he was riding and a 10-ton roller passed over him. A 2-year-old child who had climbed on to a stationary tractor fell off when the tractor moved backward, and a rear wheel crushed him. When a tractor being overhauled slipped off its jacks it fell on a 22-months-old boy and killed him. A 5-year-old girl (one of four children riding on a tractor) fell off in the path of a rotary mower and was killed. When a 9-year-old boy fell off a tractor the wheel of a hay baler passed over him and crushed him. A girl 4 years old ran in front of a tractor-drawn field roller, and was killed, and an 11-year-old boy was badly gashed in the leg by a set of tractordrawn discs, and died from loss of blood and shock.

To allow children to ride on a tractor where the driver cannot reach them is folly in the

 
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He kotiro e 4 nga tau i rere ohorere atu ki mua o te roora e toia ana e te tarakita ka hinga ka tamia e te roora mate rawa.

He tamaiti 11 nga tau i tapahia te waewae e te kiiwhi (disc) e toia ana e te tarakita ka mate i te pau o nga toto me te maru o te tinana.

Ko te tuku tamariki kia eke ana i runga tarakita, i te wa e kore ana e taea e te taralwa te whawha atu te hopu ranei he tino mea kuare e tika ana kia kaua rawa e tukua kia penei a muri ake nei.

E tika ana enei whakatupato ki a ata hohonu te whakaarotia e nga mea e mahi nui ana ki tenei mea ki te tarakita (ara nga mea nui te tamariki).

 

worst degree, and an example of a carelessness that must not be tolerated in the future.

I recommend strongly that all farmers (particularly those with young children), contractors and any who assist with tractor work should take proper care to avoid tractor accidents.

On October 15, 1953, the Oparure branch of the Maori Women's Welfare League held their third birthday. Visitors from branches in Waitomo, Otorohanga, Waipa and Te Kuiti were welcomed together with members of the Women's Division of Federated Farmers. Enjoyable items included community singing and novel guessing competitions. All food for the function was home-cooked by members themselves.

One of three lambs chosen by the Southern Hawke's Bay A. & P. Association to be exhibited in London comes from Rakautatahi, a sheep station near Norsewood, managed by the Maori Affairs Department. Rakautatahi lambs came sixth on hoof, fifth on hooks and first in the regrouping for exhibition in London.