NATIONAL HISTORIC PLACES
The National Historic Places Trust has decided to attempt to remove some of the rocks containing Maori rock paintings which will otherwise be destroyed when the Benmore hydro-electric scheme is completed. The Secretary, Mr John Pascoe, said that the Trust had decided to ask the Ministry of Works to do the job, although archaeological experts will give advice. Mr Pascoe also said that the Trust had approved the fencing of three important sites of Maori rock drawings in the Pareora District, South Canterbury. One of these sites was Frenchman's Gully and the other two were at Craigmore Downs. The landowners had been exceptionally co-operative, Mr Pascoe said, and the South Canterbury Regional Committee of the Trust under the chairmanship of Mrs Arini Woodhouse was very enthusiastic about the proposed protection.