This, from the Wanganui Herald, 22 June 1905. The Curran Street property later became Ponsonby Primary School from 1922.
A Ponsonby constable who saw Ah Kin diligently hoeing among the rhubarb in his garden near Curran Street on a recent Sunday morning, charged the Celestial in the Auckland Police Court, before Mr Kettle, S.M., with a breach of the law, Ah Kin having worked at his calling on Sunday within public view.Update, 13 August 2009: Thanks for the comment below, Kuaka. I'll add the link to your blog entry on the law and Sunday cocksfoot harvesting for the readers. (Have a look at the New Zealand Journal, folks. Wonderful site.)
Mr Kettle having heard defendant's plea of guilty, inflicted a fine of 5s, with costs, and gave an explanation of the law.
He said that tram-cars, ferry-boats, and hired vehicles could run on Sunday, but Chinese gardeners could not hoe their cabbages in view of people going to church. However, they could do so if it was not their calling. "But," added the Magistrate, for the benefit of the sorely puzzled Chinese, "it is very wrong if they do it for money. Keep a good high hedge between you and the road," was the final piece of Magisterial advice.