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Evening Post, Tuesday September 9, 1879

The New Zealand Shipping Company's fine ship Rakaia, under command of Captain Metcalf, arrived in our harbour last night, bringing 296 Government immigrants, 75 being for Hawkes bay and the remainder for Wellington. They have all arrived in excellent health, under the care of Dr Crawford, the Surgeon Superintendent. There were two births, and two infants died on the passage. She brings no saloon passengers. The Rakaia left London on the 27th may, called at Plymouth, where the immigrants were taken on board, and left on the 31sy May. The Equator was crossed on the 2nd July, and Cape Farewell was made on the 7th inst. The weather throughout was very fine, and the winds only moderate. The passengers seem to have enjoyed themselves very much on the voyage, which was enlivened by concerts, readings, dances, &c. Captain Metcalf was presented with an address by the passengers, thanking him and his officers for their general kindness and attention. The immigrants will be landed to-morrow. Dr Johnston, Health Officer, went on board the ship to-day, and expressed himself satisfied with the arrangements made for the immigrants.

Evening Post, Tuesday September 11, 1879

The Wellington portion of the Rakaia's immigrants, to the number of 130, were landed to-day by the steamer Moa. They will be open to engagement at and after 10 am to-morrow, at the Mount Cook Depot. They include 28 single women who will find no difficulty in obtaining situations as domestic servants. What is to be done with the men, however, will be a problem less easy to solve

The steamer Stormbird, which left for Foxton this morning, took 26 immigrants, ex the Rakaia, and the Tui left for Wanganui at noon with 14. Tomorrow, 67 others will leave by the Rotorua for Napier.

Evening Post, Tuesday September 11, 1879

The steamer Stormbird sailed for Foxton this morning , taking about 26 immigrants ex ship Rakaia.