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Last session and the session before, Government were besieged by applications from numerous municipalities that had not received the full extent of their rural land endowment, and were put to some trouble to stave oft’ the applicants. Some were sent away with a small present of land, others—the Thames, for instancegot the full allowance, while less favored ones had to “ whistle.” Both the present Government and the last used this sort of diplomacy in order to avoid making over land as rural endowments to municipalities, and both incurred a certain degree of unpopularity with municipalities in this direction. It appears now, however, that something direct and definite is meditated in the coming session, for we find in a telegram that a statement is being compiled by order of the Government, and will bo presented to Parliament, showing the comparative extent and value of the endowments, rates, and property of the various municipalities in New Zealand.

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MUNICIPALITIES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880

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THE GOVERNMENT AND THE MUNICIPALITIES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 101, 18 May 1880

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