From the Otaki Mail, May 8, 1935
A meeting of the Mayor’s relief committee was held at the Council Chambers on Friday afternoon, the Mayor (Mr T O’Rourke), presiding. It was pointed out that there was no money in hand and it was therefore decided to make an appeal to the Minister for a donation from the money raised by means of art unions.
It was stated that donations would be gratefully accepted, it being pointed out by members present that there was a deal of distress in Otaki. It was also agreed that a letter be written to the Minister of Unemployment asking that the men be put back on work, and thus given more assistance. It was also decided to ask for the backing of the Borough Council in this matter.